719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758 Park Happenings:
732-787-3033 - Activity Center
732-495-2115 - Ranger Station
Park Brochure & Map | Tick Advisory
Upcoming Drop-In Offerings
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through August 19; 8:30 p.m. August 20-September 3; and 8 p.m. September 4-23.
Bayshore Waterfront Park, located in Port Monmouth next to Monmouth Cove Marina, preserves a thriving coastal landscape on Sandy Hook Bay. Enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, mile of beach and scenic views across the water. The park offers a fishing pier, access to Raritan Bay, and beautiful views of the NY skyline. The Park System continues to add to this site's 229 acres in the Bayshore area.
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center
This park is also home of the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center (Seabrook-Wilson House), one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. This large frame building, dating back to the early 1700's, was constructed in several phases over the course of two hundred years. The Park System acquired the building from Middletown Township in 1998. The building has been fully restored and now hosts Park System nature and history programs. Most programs require pre-registration. Visit our programs and registration page
to see upcoming offerings.
The building is open from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, late April through October. To arrange a visit at other times, please call 732-787-3033, ext. 2. Inside, visitors can enjoy exhibits about the ecology of the Sandy Hook Bay, the history of the house within the greater Port Monmouth community, and the connection between them.
Please be aware NJ anglers age 16 and up are now required to register with the NJ Saltwater Angler Registry (for free) to fish in marine and fresh tidal waters of NJ. For more information regarding the registration, click here
DROP-IN LOCAL NATURE SERIES
Join us for a series of eye-opening talks by Park System Naturalists to discover what’s lurking in the coastal waters of Monmouth County. The presentations are designed to inform the public of current issues, ecology and science research, and to inspire appreciation for the local natural world. FREE!
What Exactly Are Mollusks?
Thursday, August 29 from 7-8 p.m.
If you are going to the beach this summer or have eaten seafood in the past, chances are pretty good you have encountered members of the phylum Mollusca, but didn’t know it. Mollusks are not fish, but are common critters long the Jersey Shore, from squid, scallops, snails, oysters and clams (a favorite ingredient in chowders), there are more than 100,000 known species of mollusks. Join us for a fun evening as we discover the life and times of these many surprising spineless species.
For more information about any of these offerings, please call Bayshore Waterfront Park at 732-787-3033, ext. 2#.
OTHER FREE OFFERINGS
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay
Monday, June 24-Friday, August 23
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. It will be a fun time for everyone as we find out what lives and swims in Sandy Hook Bay. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Closed-toe shoes required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event.
In accordance with New Jersey’s recently amended Smoke Free Air Act, all Monmouth County parks are now tobacco free. The new ban applies to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and vaporize cigarettes, as well as smokeless tobacco such as snuff and chew.
Flood Control Project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a multi-phased flood control project in Port Monmouth. The project involves the construction of about 7,070 feet of levees, 3,585 feet of floodwalls, 2,640 feet of dune, and beach renourishment at 10-year intervals along the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay in Port Monmouth. The project provides protection to low-lying residential and commercial structures, built upon and near salt and freshwater marshes that are experiencing flooding caused by coastal storm inundation. This problem has progressively worsened in recent years due to loss of protective beaches and increased urbanization in the area with structures susceptible to flooding from rainfall and coastal storm surges, erosion and wave attack, combined with restrictions to channel flow in the tidal creeks. This area was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. The Preconstruction, Engineering and Design (PED) Phase was initiated in May 2002. A Hurricane Sandy Limited Reevaluation Report(HSLRR) approved December 2013. The first set of Plans and Specifications (P&S) have been completed and a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) between the US Army Corps of Engineers and NJ Department of Environmental Protection was executed in January 2014. The dune, groin, pier extension and beach fill coastal features of the project have been completed. The remaining project components include Wetland mitigation, Pump Stations, Road Raising, Closure Gates, Levees, and Floodwalls. For more information please contact David Gentile, Project Manager U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, Phone: (917) 790-8483, firstname.lastname@example.org. See project map.
- Hwy. 36 in Middletown to Main St., Port Monmouth. Follow Main St. to Wilson Ave., turn left and continue to end. Turn left onto Port Monmouth Rd. Follow Port Monmouth Rd. to Park at end.
- Garden State Parkway to exit 117, follow Hwy. 36 south (see above).