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Sports and Recreation in the Pine Barrens
Boating, Crabbing, Fishing, Golf , Hiking


Canoeing on Wells Mills Lake, WaretownHere in the rivers of the Pine Barrens and the coastal bays, canoeing and kayaking are a favorite sport.   Many areas, especially throughout the Wharton State Forest region where the Mullica, Batsto, West Branch of the Wading and the Oswego flow through, have canoe rentals available. Some locations, such as Wells Mills County Parkin Waretown, have canoe and kayak clinics during the Spring and Summer months. Well-known and reputable, Mick's Pine Barrens Canoe & Kayak Rental in Chatsworth offers trips through the beautiful Wading and Oswego Rivers deep in the Pine Barrens. Canoeing and kayaking on the Barnegat Bay is availabe through "New Jersey Kayak", located in Barnegat. See photos of a canoe trip through the Pines.

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Micks Pine Barrens Canoe & Kayak Rental
In Chatsworth, the Capital of the Pines!
"The friendly canoe & kayak rental service!"
Our full-service facilities include a general store, showers and changing room, and a gas station!

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Canoe & Kayak Liveries


Pinelands Adventures
1005 Atsion Road, Shamong NJ 08088


New Jersey Kayak
Barnegat NJ 08005


Triple T Canoes
1052 Atlantic City Boulevard
Bayville NJ 08721


Triple T Canoe Rentals
1034 Locust Road Beachwood, NJ 08722


Mick's Pine Barrens Canoe Rental
Route 563, Chatsworth, NJ 08019


Bel Haven Canoe Rentals
Green Bank NJ 08215

Mullica River Boat Basin
Green Bank NJ 08215


Forked River Outdoor Group (F.R.O.G)
1523 Pershing Avenue, Forked River NJ 08731


Pineland Canoes Inc.
Highway 527 Jackson, NJ 08527


Lenape Park and Canoe
Park Road Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Wading River Campground
RD 2, Box 246 Mays Landing, NJ 08330


Clark's Canoe Rental
201 Hanover Street Pemberton, NJ 08068


Baker's Acres, for the BEST in Jersey Shore Camp;ing! Located  amongst 60 wooded acres on the eastern edge of the Pine Barrens, yet close enough to visit the beautiful white-sand beaches of Ocean  County!
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey 08087
(609) 296-2664

After you've canoed all day, relax and spend the night at BAKER'S ACRES!

Bakers Acres is a beautiful family campground set amidst 60 wooded acres on the edge of the NJ Pine Barrens. We offer a laid back family atmosphere with modern amenities, activities and FUN!



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 watersCrabs from the Barnegat Bay 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.

If 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

Ocean Fishing

Ever have fresh (and I mean sashimi) tuna "right off the boa?t" There is nothing quite like it! Impress your friends and family and bring home fresh seafood tonight! Ocean County is home to many charter boats that offer half, full-day and overnight fishing excursions in the Atlantic Ocean. Here are just a few of them:

Miss Barnegat Light - 90' Catamaran out of Barnegat Light (Long Beach Island North End), NJ

Carolyn Ann III - 85' out of Barnegat Light, NJ

Doris Mae IV - out of Barnegat Light, NJ

The Reel Trouble - 40' out of Beach Haven (Long Beach Island, South End) NJ





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