Brigantine Wildlife Refuge

Brigantine is a large marsh area with many small channels and large bays.
The Pine Barrens has many small winding rivers to paddle.

Location: 762 Stage Road, Bass River State Park, Tuckerton, NJ, 08087

Venue: Brigantine Wildlife Refuge, rivers in the Pine Barrens

Prerequisite: Proficiency or equivalent

Price: See Price Page

Intermediate Tour

Current Information Great Bay Blvd. (by Coast Guard Station) for;

April 25 2015; Low Tide, 8:40 AM, High Tide 2:45 PM, Low Tide 8:40 PM

Meeting Place: Bass River State Park

lat/lon: 39.6210, -74.4230

Great Bay Blvd. Launch Site N39.5216/W74.3187

Oswego Takeout N39.6650/W74.5242

Oswego Launch N39.7345/W74.4910

Brigantine is a large marsh area with many small channels and large bays. We will do two different day trips. Many of us will camp in the Pine Barrens at Bass River State Forest. If desired, you can stay elsewhere and meet the group at the camp ground each morning. The campground has great hiking, running, biking trails so arrive on Friday to explore the park.

One of the days we will paddle in open water near Great Bay and Brigantine Wildlife Refuge. It is an ideal area for bird watching. The weather of the day will determine where we go but we will try to have lunch on Brigantine Island.

On calm days we head out through a small marsh channel to the northern end of Brigantine Island and into the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. We usually split into two groups, with more adventurous paddlers looking for some rough water to play in. Lunch is on a Sandy Beach facing the ocean on this 8-12 mile trip. On windy days we stay in the marsh and large bays of the area with lunch on one of the marsh islands.

The other day will be spent on a river in the Pine Barrens. These are small winding grade 1 or 2 rivers. Your skills will be tested as we maneuver around many downed trees and tight turns. The cider trees tint the water to a nice tea color. This is a one way trip with a shuttle. The Oswego is an 8-9 mile trip.

Equipment is not provided. Good quality sea boats, tow lines, helmet, flashlight and other 4 Star equipment are needed. At low tides we have had to walk boats a long distance over the flats, so good kayaking shoes are a must. Meals are not included. Most people eat out each night.