Canoe & Kayak Liveries
The rivers in this region are rich in history and folklore, as well as filled with the wonders of nature - wildlife, beautiful stands of Atlantic white cedar, and most of all, the serenity of the Pine Barrens. Water is clean (the "tea-color" is a result of tannic acid from the roots of cedars lining the river banks and does not affect the water quality.) and the air is clear. Wildlife such as otters, beavers, bog turtles, Pine Barren treefrogs, ospreys, and even occasional bald and golden eagles, might be glimpsed as the canoe moves silently through the waters - don't forget a waterproof camera! Vegetation is abundant and includes interesting plants such as sundews, pitcher plants, rare orchids and curly grass fern. But please don't disturb these precious plants! Many are endangered species.
The Mullica, Batsto, Oswego and Wading Rivers in Burlington County, and Cedar Creek in Ocean County are but a few favorite canoeing locations, and the Barnegat and Little Egg Harbor Bays are favorites for kayakers.
The blue-claw crab is a seafood lover's delight, and in plentiful supply in the coastal waters of the region. Traps can be spotted all over the bays. These are licensed pots, owned by both private and commercial crabbers.
Many prefer the "patience" method of crabbing - a chicken neck tied to a string held in one hand; a crab net in the other. Small hand traps can also be used.
There are lots of docks and piers where crabbing is permitted; my favorite is Berkeley Island County Park, east of Route 9 in Berkeley Township, where a long pier into the Barnegat Bay provides ample space for everyone - and the crabbing is great! If you can navigate a boat, there are many spots along the bays and rivers that offer small boat rentals.
you're new to crabbing, read the introduction to crabbing, as well as
regulations, at the NJDEP
Division of Fish and Wildlife's website.
Some of New Jersey's finest golf courses are scattered throughout the Pine Barrens:
Ocean County Golf Course at Atlantis, a public course run by the County of Ocean, is located in the southern tip of Ocean County. It is one of the state's finest public courses; the par 72 championship course designed by Peter Fazio is in top-notch condition. The rates for County residents are reasonable, and senior discounts apply on most days.
Cedar Creek Golf Course is in the eastern fringe of the Pine Barrens, in Berkeley Township. This is a municipal course open to the public.
Ocean Acres Golf Course in Stafford Township is a privately-owned course, but open to the public.
Pine Barrens Golf Course in Jackson Township is a privately owned top-notch course.
Eagle Ridge Golf Course - Lakewood
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