BRIGANTINE WEEKEND TOUR
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. In previous years we have paddled out of the bay to have lunch on the Atlantic City Beach, on North Brigantine State Natural Area and on the southern tip of Long Beach 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. 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 and other safety 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.
Call to Book: This program is call to book as we need to screen each candidate to make sure they meet the prerequisites. See below.
Core Techniques or equivalent skills are needed. It’s not enough to have just attended a Core Techniques class. You need to have a good forward stroke. Depending on the conditions of the weekend we might paddle out of Great Bay and land on the Atlantic City Beach for lunch which makes for a surf landing.
Location: 762 Stage Road, Bass River State Park, Tuckerton, NJ, 08087
Venue: Brigantine Wildlife Refuge, rivers in the Pine Barrens
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
Current Information Great Bay Blvd. (by Coast Guard Station)
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