From: Kurt Ries on 08/20/98 08:02 PM
cc: Mike Notch@VIESystems, email@example.com, SRies@optika.com,
WCMIK@classic.msn.com, Steve Yu/VIESystems, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Our New Jersey Coast Paddling Outing of 8/16-15/98
Saturday -- Barnegat Bay
Waterproof Chart #56E
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
Sunday -- Little Egg Harbor
NOAA Nautical Chart 12316
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