Brigantine is a large marsh area with many small channels and large bays. The Pine Barrens has many small winding rivers to paddle.
Brigantine Kayak Tour
We do two different day trips on this Brigantine kayak tour. 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.
One day we 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.
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 windy days we stay in the marsh and large bays of the area.
The other day is 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.
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 dine out each night during this Brigantine weekend kayak tour.
Location:762 Stage Road, Bass River State Park, Tuckerton, NJ, 08087
Venue: Brigantine Wildlife Refuge, rivers in the Pine Barrens