Great Egg Harbor River

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Great Egg Harbor River

New Jersey

(215) 597-5823

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Overview

Starting as a trickle near Berlin, NJ, the Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River gradually widens as it picks up the waters of 17 tributaries on its way to Great Egg Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Established by Congress in 1992, nearly all of this 129-mile river system rests within the Pinelands National Reserve. The Great Egg Harbor River meanders for 59 miles, draining 304 square miles of pristine wetlands in the heart of New Jersey's Pinelands Reserve (the famous "Pine Barrens") on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Known locally as the "Great Egg," the river is close to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Trenton and Camden, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware. This National Park Service unit is unusual in that local jurisdictions continue to administer the lands. The National Park Service manages the designated river in partnership with the State of New Jersey, four counties, and twelve municipalities to protect the corridor's valuable natural and cultural values for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy. In the nineteenth century the river was kept clear for commercial reasons, but now the river's proximity to millions of people, together with it being the largest canoeing river in the Pine Barrens, makes the Great Egg an important recreation destination.

Map of Great Egg Harbor River

Latitude, Longitude: 39.695837, -74.938746

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Activities

  • Boating

    The best stretch for canoeing is the 22 miles between Penny Pot County Park and Atlantic County Park at Lake Lenape. Penny Pot is off Route 561 along the Black Horse Pike, Route 322. You can cut the trip roughly in half by putting in at Weymouth County Park (Route 559 off Black Horse Pike). The river is dammed at Lake Lenape, then turns into a tidal estuary. Access for paddling can be gained at Gaskill County Park , near Mays Landing and River Bend Park .

  • Bird Watching

    One of the top 10 spots in North America for birding. Hawks "funnel" into Cape May each fall, making this the best spot on the East Coast for raptors. Fantastic for warblers and other migrating birds in spring and fall.

  • Bicycling

    Biking is available. Contact the park for information on trails.

  • Camping

    Camping is available. Contact the park for rates.

  • Fishing

    Striped bass, herring and alewife, return from the ocean each year to spawn in grayer-bottomed rivers and streams.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is available.

  • Hunting

    Contact the park for more information on hunting rules and regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed in designated areas.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, kayaking, and fishing are all available.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Excellent spot for bird watching and viewing local wildlife.

Seasonality/Weather

Typical northeast temperatures with 4 seasons.

Directions

Driving

Starting as a trickle near Berlin, NJ, the Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River gradually widens as it picks up the waters of 17 tributaries on its way to Great Egg Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Established by Congress in 1992, nearly all of this 129-mile river system rests within the Pinelands National Reserve. This National Park Service unit is unusual in that local jurisdictions continue to administer the lands. The National Park Service manages the designated river in partnership with the State of New Jersey, four counties, and twelve municipalities to protect the corridor's valuable natural and cultural values for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(215) 597-5823

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