Island Beach State Park

Berkeley Township, New Jersey

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Enjoy paddling near tidal marsh, freshwater wetlands, maritime forest, and one of the few undeveloped barrier island beaches along the Atlantic coast on this 10-mile stretch of paradise. The first of two launch sites at Island Beach State Park, this provides access to the open bay and is a couple miles north of the Sedge Island area, where the other launch is located. To reach it from the Garden State Parkway, take Exit 98 from the local route to NJ 34 South. It becomes NJ 35. Continue on NJ 35 until it ends at the park entrance. Pick up a park map when you enter the park. Unfortunately, the map isn’t great, but since there is only one road through the park it is still useful.
AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic

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AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic

by Michaela Riva Gaaserud (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Enjoy paddling near tidal marsh, freshwater wetlands, maritime forest, and one of the few undeveloped barrier island beaches along the Atlantic coast on this 10-mile stretch of paradise.

The first of two launch sites at Island Beach State Park, this provides access to the open bay and is a couple miles north of the Sedge Island area, where the other launch is located. To reach it from the Garden State Parkway, take Exit 98 from the local route to NJ 34 South. It becomes NJ 35. Continue on NJ 35 until it ends at the park entrance. Pick up a park map when you enter the park. Unfortunately, the map isn’t great, but since there is only one road through the park it is still useful.

© 2016 Michaela Riva Gaaserud/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Berkeley Township
Distance: 2-3 nautical mi
Skill Level: Difficult
Hazards/Cautions: Currents change with each tide and a nearby inlet creates very strong currents. On the western side of the islands, just outside the conservation zone, is Oyster Creek Channel, which receives a lot of boat traffic during the day and has strong currents that are produced when the tide goes out and water empties from the channels that cut between the islands. At times the water moves so fast it looks like a powerful stream. The currents can be especially strong during tides that occur when the moon is new and full. At low tide, sandbars emerge, sometimes making it impossible to paddle.
Local Contacts: Island Beach State Park (www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html; 732-793-0506). Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center Workshops (nj.gov/dep/fgw/sedge.htm).
Local Maps: NOAA Electronic Chart US5NJ30M / Paper Chart #12324
Driving Directions: Directions to Island Beach State Park

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