Sedge Islands / Barnegat Bay

 



PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM 10am to 7:30AM

We're off to kayak the gorgeous Sedge Islands at Island Beach State Park. Shaped by storm and tides, Island Beach State Park is a narrow barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the restless Atlantic Ocean and the historic Barnegat Bay. Island Beach is one of New Jersey's last significant remnants of a barrier island ecosystem that once existed along much of the coast and is also one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north Atlantic coast. Over 3,000 acres and 10 miles of coastal dunes remain almost untouched since Henry Hudson first described New Jersey's coast from the ship, the Half Moon, in 1609. Miles of sand dunes and white sandy beaches offer habitat to maritime plants and diverse wildlife that is almost the same as it was thousands of years ago. Island Beach contains outstanding examples of plant communities such as primary dunes, thicket, freshwater wetlands, maritime forest and tidal marshes. The state's largest osprey colony, as well as peregrine falcons, wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl and migrating songbirds, are found here. Island Beach is nationally known as a unique resource with over 400 plants identified, including the largest expanses of beach heather in New Jersey.

We will launch from Area 21 in Island Beach State Park, and paddle out and around the islands. This is a tidal area, so the paddle is rated Beginner Plus.  PFDs are required. Bring a lunch, and plenty of water. Sunscreen and insect repellent are must-haves! Cameras and binoculars are also a good idea, as there is plenty of wildlife in this protected area. There is a $10 entrance fee per vehicle to enter the park. To reach the park, take Route 37 east to Route 35 south to park entrance. There is a map with GPS coordinates to the launch site at Area 21 in the Files section.

 

Kayak Rentals Available

 

Suggested Gear:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses (on a cord!)
  • SUNSCREEN!
  • Insect Repellent
  • PLENTY of water!!!
  • $$ for parking
  • Change of clothes in a drybag
  • Towel

Cancellations / Contact: Cancellations in case of inclement weather (thunderstorms/etc) will be made by 6am the day of the paddle.  Please check the site for updates before you leave!  You can contact me the day of the paddle at[masked]

 

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NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us. 

Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described.

 

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  • Brian

    It was a good time Saturday. Thanks Meri for setting it up and everyone else for making it a good time.

    July 29, 2013

  • Leroy

    Thanks Meri, I had a great time and met some nice people!

    July 29, 2013

  • Theresa

    Thank you, Meri, great paddling day.

    July 28, 2013

  • karen

    Thank u meri for a wonderful day!!

    July 27, 2013

  • Terry M.

    Really had a great time. Thank you, Meri. Can't wait until the next event I can make.

    July 27, 2013

  • Joe H

    Really, really nice day. Early start kept us ahead of the crowds. Meri - nice work and thank you for organizing the trip

    July 27, 2013

  • Joe

    Meri is the best, we were able to split up safely and explore a beautiful place. Thanks Meri!
    Good to see you Karen, look for the Stewarts Trip that's my backyard.

    July 27, 2013

  • Dave C

    Had a great time and met some very nice people today. The weather was fantastic. Loved that straight narrow trail through the marsh, Thank you Meri!

    July 27, 2013

  • karen

    Fantastic!

    July 27, 2013

  • Don B.

    I did not receive notice until 4:47am this morning. What is going on with Meetup notifications?

    July 27, 2013

  • Meri

    It's beautiful here!

    July 27, 2013

  • Joe R.

    Weather too unpredictable...live too far away s orry

    July 27, 2013

  • Brian R. E.

    Sorry that I have to cancel. Have a good paddle.

    July 26, 2013

  • karen

    Is a 12' kayak ok for this trip??

    July 25, 2013

  • Steve

    What time will this go till on Saturday?

    July 25, 2013

    • Meri

      Until you feel like heading back.

      July 26, 2013

  • Linda T

    Is 7:30 the time to get there or the time to be ready to launch?

    1 · July 26, 2013

    • N H.

      Get there? Please say get there!

      July 26, 2013

    • Meri

      Get there. I'm not that masochistic! ;)

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Paul

    Meri, With so many people interested in the trip; is it possible to do a second day on Sunday July 28th? I would be open to leading it if you would like.

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • Shari D.

      Hi Theresa, I cant do either next Thursday or Friday, this sunday is supposed to be a wash out!. How about some day early next week? anyone else interested????

      July 26, 2013

    • Shari D.

      is anyone interested in kayaking down there this MOnday? I could be down there right after lunch time...

      July 26, 2013

  • Virginia and Jim M.

    Sorry, Andy, but we made other plans, which we now cannot cancel!

    July 25, 2013

  • Nikki

    I have to cancel. I would be well on my way by 6:00 a.m if you had to cancel.

    July 25, 2013

  • Todd

    Am I better off bringing my 12 or 17 foot boat?

    July 22, 2013

    • Meri

      Either is fine. I am bringing a 14 footer. Some of the water trails can be very narrow and twisty.

      July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why is there a limit on the number? Would I not be able to go there by myself anyway?

    July 23, 2013

    • Meri

      See also Hack's post on the message boards about limiting attendance on trips

      July 24, 2013

  • Shari D.

    too early, I'd have to get up at 4:30 to get there, but I am off for the summer and would LVOE to do a weekday trip, so contact me if anyone wishes to do so!

    July 24, 2013

  • Jeanne F.

    sorry have late plans for friday and the start is too early to do both.

    July 23, 2013

  • Marianne

    I hope to join next time

    July 23, 2013

  • N H.

    Maybe hit the beach after! Always wanted to do this one!

    July 21, 2013

  • Sue T

    Can't go afterall. It would take me 2.5 hours to get there and it turns out that I have to work the next day. Looking forward to your pics!

    July 20, 2013

  • Jack E

    Unfortunately, the new start time is too early for me - I have a two-hour car ride to get there - so I am dropping out. Please schedule a trip here on a weekday, when the capacity of the park will not be a problem.

    July 20, 2013

  • Amedeo D.

    Sorry but too early.
    Thanks anyway. Give two other people the slots.

    July 20, 2013

  • Linda T

    It's really not hard to find. Ask for a map when you pay your admission fee. Then look for a parking lot on the left filled with cars with kayak racks.

    June 27, 2013

  • April

    We've always wanted to do this paddle! We've never been. How long is the walk from the parking lot to the put-in?

    June 25, 2013

    • Dave C

      Jack, yes drive to the put in, drop off and then go park. I posted a satellite photo with a description that should help.

      June 27, 2013

    • Doug

      On the way in, look for the Nature Center on the left hand side. They have maps of the island and estuary. They run a few guided tours a summer. The tours are run by high school science teachers. They do a good job. ...

      June 27, 2013

  • Reg A.

    Are we sure area 21 is open? I know the beaches aren't open until the 4th of July....

    June 22, 2013

    • Paul

      Reg, I was just there this Saturday kayaking and it is open

      June 24, 2013

  • Sandy C.

    this sounds like a mini vaca time for me, overnight stay

    June 23, 2013

    • alan

      There's definitely enough to do in the area. Besides Island Beach, you can put in at 24th St. in Seaside Heights, just outside of the Island Beach entrance, and Cattus Island isn't too far away in Toms River. Cattus is also a great spot.

      June 23, 2013

  • Jack E

    I am concerned about the park selling out before I get there. It is almost a 2-hour car ride for me, and I would hate to have to turn around and go home. Are any of the trip leaders available to schedule this again, but on a weekday, when the park will be much less crowded?

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Sandy C.

      good point, i have that drive too

      June 23, 2013

    • alan

      That happened to me a few years ago. We wound up putting in at 24th St. That was a fun paddle also, but not Island Beach fun.

      June 23, 2013

  • alan

    Wow, that's me in the picture in my long gone Tracer. That's the day Meri and I went there together and met up with Lisa Klosinski. I think it was the first time I made it to the beach where we stopped to stretch our legs. I love Island Beach. Every trip is different.

    June 23, 2013

  • Sheldon L.

    Just a thought Meri, I wouldn't mind leading a group that leaves from Berkely Island and join up with you at the Sedges. Just looking at the posts on parking plus the fees. I'll leave the decision to you.

    June 23, 2013

  • Lynn

    21 is open. We paddled there today. Beautiful! The early bird catches the parking space. The lot filled up a little after 9. There is a second lot nearby.

    June 23, 2013

  • Doug

    The park sells out early. They only allow a certain amount of cars at a time. I think 10:00 am is kinda late, and taking a chance of getting left out. Not to mention, not much parking in the little lot. ( lot 21 is the lot at the dirt road)?. ... Just saying...

    June 22, 2013

  • Meri

    Sheldon - perhaps next time! For this one I'm aiming for an all-levels type of paddle.

    June 22, 2013

  • Sheldon L.

    Any interest in starting this from Berkely Island State Park?

    June 22, 2013

  • Sandy C.

    this is SO awesome, thanks for creating this meet up

    June 22, 2013

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