Raritan Bay (at Old Bridge Waterfront Park)

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Route 35
08879, Old Bridge , NJ 40° 27' 31.0284" N, 74° 15' 0.6696" W

This site is part of the Old Bridge Waterfront Park that has a boardwalk and was recently refurbished. This area has the Hoft Pavilion, which has all the facilities.

This site provides access to the Cheesequake Creek, which is approximately 1/4 mile north along the shoreline.

Caution: The south jetty leading into the Cheesequake Creek inlet is partially submerged at high tide.

If monitoring VHF Channel 13, the Route 35 bridge (over Cheesequake Creek) is referred to as "Morgan Highway Bridge" and the railroad bridge is referred to as "Morgan Railroad Bridge".

If planning to enter Cheesequake Creek, do so 2 hours on either side of high tide or railroad bridge clearance will be too low. In which case you will need to wait for the bridge to open for boat traffic. Railroad bridge opens on demand depending on train schedules which have right of way. Route 35 opens on hour.

If proceeding up Stump Creek, the railroad bridge has enough clearance at high tide. Note: There is no access to Cheesequake Creek from Stump Creek.

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You can unload at edge of lot by the sand.

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Driving Directions: 
  • Garden State Parkway to exit 120.
  • Make a left onto Matawan Road / Laurence Harbor Parkway.
  • Take this road (approx. 1.5 miles) to the light at Route 35.
  • Cross 35 to loop around and take Route 35 North.
  • Parking lot is on right 1/4 mile north. (Exit from Route 35 just before drawbridge to loop back to parking lot.
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Parking might get tight on summer weekends (based on how many cars were there on a weekday evening in the summer). Parking area has 132 parking spaces.
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Rest Rooms
Trash Receptacle