Who we are

The D&R Canal Watch is an independent, nonprofit organization working to engage the public in the protection of the environment and preservation of the heritage of the D&R Canal.

Canal Boat Dinner Fundraiser

Looking forward to Summer 2022.

Join the D&R Canal Watch on board the Josiah White II, a replica canal boat on the Lehigh Canal in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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D&R Canal Map

2023 Calendar Contest

Call for Entries

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Contest Rules

Upcoming Events

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D&R Canal Watch Upcoming Events

Due to the lessening of the pandemic, Canal Watch events for the spring will be posted on the Events page. Our hike leaders will request masks and distancing. Please be understanding and cooperate with the leader’s requests. Thank you very much.


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EM Company Workboat

History of the Delaware & Raritan Canal

The Delaware and Raritan Canal went from Bordentown on the Delaware River, across the narrow waist of New Jersey to New Brunswick on the Raritan River, a distance of 44 miles. Its source of water was from the Delaware River at Raven Rock, 22 miles north of Trenton. From here, a navigable feeder brought water to the summit level in Trenton, 58 feet above sea level. The water then flowed south to Bordentown and northeast to New Brunswick. Learn more about the canal and its history.

Help Restore the East Millstone Bridgetender’s Station

As you can see from the picture, the bridgetender’s station is in bad repair. The Canal Watch is working with the state park to have the structured stabilized and repaired. This building, next to the bridgetender’s home, served as a place for the tender to stay out of the weather while he waited to hear the conch shell alerting him of an approaching vessel.

We have already held dinner cruises and calendar sales to support this restoration, and we welcome any and all donations. Thanks so much.

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Bridgetender's Station

canal boat leaving lock

Delaware & Raritan Canal Model Project

The idea of building a working model of the D&R Canal, a once thriving commercial transportation channel, grew out of an informative presentation by Linda Barth to the Lambertville Historical Society that occurred before the Covid pandemic. The plan is to build an outdoor working model of the canal on the property of the Holcombe Jimison Farmstead in Lambertville, located near the original feeder canal. The purpose of this project is to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the canal’s history, operation, and contribution to the area’s industrial development. Learn more…