WEST WINDSOR, NJ --  The Mercer County Park Commission announced on Wednesday a peaceful way to enjoy nature by paddling through Mercer Lake in a kayak.  Hosted by the Naturalist Division, the Kayak Nature Tours will give the public the opportunity to explore the shorelines and enjoy the spots on the 365-acre lake that are only accessible on a kayak.

Participants will have the opportunity to paddle along the lake’s edge guided by a park naturalist for views of native wildflowers in bloom, sun-bathing turtles and local wildlife including some of New Jersey’s top predatory raptors.

Mercer Lake is home to many native plants and wildlife that are seldom seen in central New Jersey. Situated at the extreme northern reaches of New Jersey’s coastal plain, Mercer County Park is in an area of transition between inland and coastal forests. Its sandy soils are host to an array of unique plant species and diverse wildlife.

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This program is open all levels of kayakers, 16 years and older. Tours will begin at the Mercer County Park Marina in West Windsor from 9 a.m. and go until noon each Friday morning from July 17 through Aug. 21, weather permitting.

Kayaks, paddles, binoculars and life jackets that are sanitized before and after use will be provided as well as instruction on the basics of kayaking prior to heading out on the lake. Participants should bring a mask, plenty of water and shoes that can get wet.

Tours cost $25 per person for in-County residents and $30 per person for out of County. Pre-registration is required online through Community Pass; walk-ups will not be accepted. Participation will be limited to 10 people per tour.

Participants will be required to wear a mask when six feet of distance cannot be maintained between themselves and others. To register, email natureprograms@mercercounty.org or visit CLICK HERE.  

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