Ries Recreation



From: Kurt Ries on 08/20/98 08:02 PM

To:      nyckayaker@envirolink.org

cc:   Mike Notch@VIESystems, pgr@i-2000.com, SRies@optika.com,

goldenapple@tcu-usa.org, ken.wachtler@intranetsol.com,

WCMIK@classic.msn.com, Steve Yu/VIESystems, fred@valvetech.net

Subject:      The NJ Thing


Last weekend we decided on the spur of the moment to do the "NJ Thing" and

head for the shore.


Neither of us had been to the New Jersey Shore and felt it was about time

we checked it out. Pulled out a road map and decided Barnegat Bay around

Island State Park and Little Egg harbor looked like some interesting Sea

Kayaking and an easy drive. I would like to share our findings and solicit

for additional New Jersey coastal paddling areas.


Have Fun!



Kurt Ries

Suffern, NY





Our New Jersey Coast Paddling Outing of 8/16-15/98



Saturday -- Barnegat Bay


Waterproof Chart #56E

Barnegat Bay



Island State Park -- 732-793-0506


Driving through the beach areas around Seaside Park I was starting to get

put off with huge crowds and jet ski rentals around every corner. I was

pleasantly surprised to find once entering  Island State Park the crowds

went down and there were two put-ins solely for canoes and kayaks at areas

15 and 21.  We decided to utilize the first put-in with a destination of

the Barnegat Bay light house.


From the Island Beach State Park Brochure:

Island Beach State Park is situated on a narrow barrier island that

stretches for 9.5 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. Sand

dunes that offer habitat to maritime plants and diverse wildlife extend

from the entrance of the park at Seaside Park to the tip of the island at

Barnegat Inlet. Barnegat Lighthouse can be seen across the inlet from the

southernmost point of Island Beach. Park visitors can enjoy the 3,000

acres of sandy beaches, maritime forest, tidal marshes and dunes.


With the bay side of the park to ourselves we proceeded to paddle the 70

degree water south toward the Barnegat Bay Light house exploring the coves

and inlets of the bird sanctuaries. Many sightings of Falcons, Snowy Egrets

and Osprey. The bay waters themselves were full of Terrapin turtles watching

us with great interest. The entire area at low tide was in about 1-5 feet

of water. The sandy bottom could easily be scanned for marine life as we

paddled along. By traversing the smaller channels between islands we were

able to avoid all the boat traffic of the main channel by the mainland.

All waters in the bird sanctuaries were clearly marked "No Jet Ski's"

making for a very tranquil outing.


There was significant boat traffic around the ocean inlet by the Barnegat

Bay light house. This traffic was easily avoided because of the sand

shoals expanding 3/4 of the way out into to the bay. These shoals limited

most boat traffic to the main channel along the shore of the Barnegat Bay

Light house. We stopped for lunch and beach combing along the beautiful

white sand beach along the southern tip of Island State park. Absolutely

wonderful mile or so stretch of dune-ed beach with only a handful of

boaters out for a stroll. This area of shore is fairly seclude not easily

accessed from the trail system of the park because of the bird sanctuaries

of the north and limited boat traffic because of the shallow sand shoals.


Island State Park also offers guided canoe trips in Barnegat Bay that

sound interesting.


Sunday -- Little Egg Harbor



NOAA Nautical Chart 12316

New Jersey

Intracostal Waterway

Little Egg Harbor to Cape May


Sunday we drove down to Little Egg Harbor and followed Great Bay Blvd. out

onto the peninsula of the Wildlife Management Area. It was refreshing not

to have the Disneyland atmosphere of the popular beach areas of Saturday.

We put-in on the north side of the peninsula just after the first bridge;

another sandy beach that no one was taking advantage of. We proceeded to

paddled along the northern shore of the peninsula toward the eastern tip.

We encountered a fair amount motor boat traffic that for the most part,

was restricted to the main channel a few hundred feet off shore. This is a

big crabbing area with the locals pulling up dinner in their nets of 2-6"

Dungeonus crabs. Just passed buoy 17 about 3/4 of the way to the end of

the peninsula we stopped at a small sand beach outcropping. While eating

lunch we were entertained by swarms of Horse Shoe Crabs come up the sandy

shore approach to the waters edge and turning back around to open sea. I

have never observed this many in one area before ...fascinating. After

lunch we explored the tidal pools inland and discovered what green headed

flies were, nasty creatures that are a cross between house fly and an


      -I guess there is a little hell in every paradises