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About the RDCC

We are one of the oldest and friendliest yacht clubs on the Delaware!

The Red Dragon Canoe Club is situated on 6 acres of beautiful waterfront in Edgewater Park, New
Jersey. Located downriver from the Burlington Bristol Bridge, the RDCC enjoys a wide channel with many
interesting features along the coastline including osprey nests, heron nests, and river rock beaches. We are within boating distance to the Rancocas and Neshaminy creeks and historic Burlington Island.

We have a storied paddling and sailing history and our clubhouse is filled with artifacts, mementoes, and photographs related to our local maritime culture.

The RDCC community is about boating, friends and families. You will meet life-long friends as you enjoy
the water and our “green-friendly” activities. If you are raising a family, you can instill in your children a
respect for our waters while sharing countless hours of fun!

If you are interested in learning more about the Red Dragon Canoe Club, please contact us for a tour. 

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  • The Red Dragon Canoe Club was formed in 1887 in Camden, N.J., and absorbed the Keystone Canoe Club, formed in 1883.
  • After two Camden clubhouses were destroyed by fire, the club moved across the Delaware River, first to Bridesburg and then to Wissinoming, where members rented a mansion and had cottages along the riverbank.
  • Red Dragon was a men’s social and outing club, engaged in canoe racing, sailing and camping excursions.
  • A search committee was formed around the time the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge was being proposed to go through the club property, and in 1922, the committee found the vacant Shipman Mansion in Edgewater Park, N.J.
  • Even as the sale was being negotiated, the club moved into the mansion, and a year later bought the mansion and 4 acres for $8,000.
  • An influx of young Comet sailors in 1940 transformed the club and commenced an era of one-design sailboat racing that produced several national and world champions.
  • A spring plank-shad dinner and an annual (formal) mess that date back to the 19th century are still among a year-round series of social events held at the club.