Barnegat Bay (at Point Pleasant Bay Avenue)

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End of Bay Avenue
08742 Point Pleasant , NJ 40° 4' 56.2332" N, 74° 5' 38.9328" W
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This is a public boat ramp located in a condominium complex at the end of Bay Ave in Point Pleasant. Drive through the complex and follow signs for the ramp.

If anyone is a wooden boat aficionado, this is the place to paddle. Head into the Bay Head marinas and the private docks. I have never seen so many classic wooden boats from the 20s & 30s in one place – feels like the Great Gatsby!

This launch is in close proximity to the Point Pleasant Canal. Review picture link below which show relationship of launch site to the canal and familiarize yourself with this location.

Those of you familiar with the canal that links the Manasquan & Metedeconk Rivers: That canal has a nasty rep for having lots of powerboat activity, and thus kayak-hostile.

The Bay Ave launch is just a few feet away from the entrance to the Pt. Pleasant Canal, so paddlers should use caution here. There were some jet skis launching from there also.

The ramp is sand and small yellow river rocks. You have to drive through the condo complex, there is a sign at the entrance pointing to "Public Access". The road dead ends at the ramp.

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Note close proximity to Point Pleasant Canal. See comments and pictures.

Kayakers should not attempt to paddle in or through the canal due to swift current and heavy boat traffic.

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Driving Directions: 
  • From North

    • Garden State Parkway South to exit 98 (Belmar / Point Pleasant / Trenton / NJ-34 / I-195).
    • Follow NJ-34 South approx 4.5 miles to NJ-35 South.
    • Merge with and continue on NJ-35 South for approx 2.3 miles to Arnold Avenue on the Right.
    • Right on Arnold Avenue, and then take NEXT LEFT on Bay Avenue.
    • Continue South on Bay Avenue to end.
    • At this point you will find a condominium complex. Look for signs directing to the public access and boat ramp.
  • From South
    • Garden State Parkway North to exit 90 (Brick / Lakehurst / Point Pleasant / CR-549).
    • Merge onto Chambers Bridge Road and make U-Turn at next intersection.
    • Proceed North on Chambers Bridge Road approx 1/2 mile to NJ-88 on Right.
    • RIGHT on NJ-88 East for 4.4 miles. Note that NJ-88 turns to the left when you cross NJ-70.
    • Watch for Bridge Avenue on Right.
    • Right on Bridge Avenue and proceed 2 miles to Bay Avenue on Right.
    • Right on Bay Avenue. Continue South on Bay Avenue to end.
    • At this point you will find a condominium complex. Look for signs directing to the public access and boat ramp.
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