Metedeconk River Area

Metedeconk River Area

The Metedeconk is over 40 miles long. The River is generally freshwater upstream of the Route 70 Bridge in Brick Township. Downstream of the Route 70 Brides the water is more brackish as it mixes with the water from the canal. The Metedeconk River is generally non tidal upstream  and west of Gardens State Parkway in Lakewood Township and generally tidal downstream and east of the Garden State Parkway in Brick Township Route 70 Bridge in Brick Township. Downstream of the Route 70 Brides the water is more brackish as it mixes with the water from the canal.

The Upper Section of the Metedeconk River located west of Forge Pond. The Upper Metedeconk River begins at the North Branch and the South Branch Tributaries. The North Branch is over 20 miles long. while the South Branch is over 15 miles long. The Upper Metedeconk River is popular with paddle boaters because it is narrower and shallower than the lower portion. The River flows through the gorgeous 100 Lake Shanendoah. The Lake is in the county park and is surrounded by tall oak and pine trees.

The Lower Section of the Metedeconk River begins at Forge Pond and flows 6 miles easterly into the Barnegat Bay. The wider and deeper lower section is popular with sailboats and powerboats and is home to several yacht clubs.  The Lower Metedeconk waters have been brackish to salty ever since the Point Pleasant Canal first opened in 1926. The Canal connects the Lower Metedeconk River to the Manasquan River, which connects to the Atlantic Ocean via the Manasquan Inlet.

The Forsythe National  Wildlife Refuge  is located on at the Southern mouth of  the Lower Metedeconk River providing  a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. The Metedeconk River is home to a divers group of wildlife  such as, Opsrays, Beavers, river otters and even the  occasional Bald Eagle has been spotted. The river is also vital to humans as it provides drinking water to thousands of local residents. As such, the river  is monitored and protected by the highest standards in the state.

The Metedeconk River provides access to numerous activities such as:

  • Swimming, wind surfing, stand up paddleboarding
  • Boating, Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Jet Skiing,
  • Fish on your own or from a Charter  or Party Boat
  • Attending one of the many events at Winward Beach or Lake Shanendoah
  • Visiting numerous State, County and Municipal Park facilities
The Metedeconk River NJ flows through the following Ocean County Municipalities:
  1. Southeastern portion of [Lakewood Township]
  2. Mideastern portion of [Brick Township]
  3. Southern portion of [Point Pleasant Borough]

Lower Metedeconk River


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