Two of us are thinking about a 'row cruise' for 2017 and would like to find out your interest in joining us. This, like many Messabouts, is a non-planned, non-event...just a bunch of boaters who just happen to go out at the same day and time. No one is the 'leader' and everyone is responsible for his/her self.
Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, centered around Long Beach Island
|Proposed Row Cruise Area|
The ramp on the west side of the Bay (south end of Cedar Run Dock Road) is free, but no dedicated parking. The ramp in Long Beach Island has a fee and provides parking.
The anchorage at the bottom of the map is "Shooting Thorofare" and is well protected from all directions.
Just north of Shooting Thorofare is the National Estuarine Research Reserve. About five miles south of Shooting Thorofare is the North Brigantine State Natural Area.
North of the Route 72 bridge (leading to Long Beach Island), on the west side of the Bay, is Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. There is a well protected anchorage at the north end of the Wildlife Refuge on Conklin Island. Another protected anchorage is at Barnegat light.
Early spring or late fall 2017
This avoids the brutal hot humid days of Summer, avoids the hordes of boats (especially if we go in October)… and most importantly, avoids Greenhead Flies (Tabanus Nigrovittatus… the Cruise Missile of the insect world…June through early September).
Our thinking is that this would be a three-day cruise (two nights), 10-13 miles the first day. Second day exploration of either the National Estuarine Research Reserve and/or the North Brigantine Natural State Area (going south from the launch) or the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and/or Barnegat Light going north from the launch. Third day another 10-13 miles returning to the launch area... lots of alternatives.
On board your boat. There are no NJ State Camping Grounds available in the area (accessible by boat).
Let us know if you are interested by either writing in Comments below or emailing me at TomOarCruising@gmail.com