PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM 10am to 7:30AM
We're off to kayak the gorgeous Sedge Islands at Island Beach State Park (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html). 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 (http://files.meetup.com/1482617/sedgemap.gif) to the launch site at Area 21 in the Files section.
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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 856.308.1974
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