Berkeley Township

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Berkeley, NJ Area

39°56′45″N 74°11′24″W

Berkeley, NJ is located both on the mainland and Island Beach in Ocean County, NJ.

The northern border of Berkeley’s mainland is flanked by Toms River, South Toms River, Beachwood, Pine Beach,and Ocean Gate (ordered from west to east).

Manchester is to the West, Lacey is to the south, and the Lanoka Harbor section of Lacey and Cedar Creek lie to the Southeast of Berkeley’s mainland.

The Southern part of Pelican Island in the Barnegat bay is also part of Berkeley, NJ.

On Island Beach, South Seaside Park and the 10 mile long Island Beach State Park are also part of Berkeley, NJ. Here Berkeley, NJ is flanked by the backbay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Berkeley, NJ covers 55.8 square miles, 42.9 of which is land. The eastern side of Berkeley is flanked by the expansive Backbay. The Riverbank section of Berkeley is located on the south shore of the Toms River.

Berkeley, NJ is known for being the home to Island Beach State Park. Island Beach State park is the largest undeveloped barrier island in New Jersey and among the largest on the entire eastern seaboard.

Berkeley, NJ History

In th early years, Cedar Creek was the center of a timber industry and cranberry bogs produced the largest crops in the New Jersey.

The first post office in the area was designated in 1870. Subsequently, portions of Dover Township (now Toms River Township) were detached form Berkeley, NJ in 1875. The Township is named after Lord Berkeley on of the original proprietors of the area.

The railroad began local service around 1881, and opened the area up to what it has become today.

During the early 1900’s commercial fishing was the main industry. Net systems called “Fish Pounds” trapped fish swimming along the shallow ocean waters of the Seaside Park section. The catch of the day was hauled up by a 33 foot long wooden boat known as a “pound boat”. The fish were brought to the shore, unloaded into barrels and shipped via rail to Fulton Fish Market in New York.

Island Beach (now a state park) had hotels and a seaweed industry.

Berkeley Property Taxes

Property Tax Rates in many Ocean County municipalities are among the lowest in New Jersey. Find more about the General Tax Rate, Effective Tax Rate, and current Berkeley Property Tax rates Here.

Town Hall at Berkeley Township

81 Bridge Avenue, P.O. Box 248Berkeley Township Seal
Bay Head, N.J. 08742
Phone: (732) 892-0574 Fax: (732) 899-6494
Police: (732) 892-0632
Website: http://www.bayheadnj.org/
E-Mail Address: BHClerk@verizon.net