Manasquan Reservoir

Monmouth Health and Life Readers' Choice Winner Visitor Center    
311 Windeler Road, Howell 07731
Environmental Center    
331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Ranger Station - 732-938-6760
Park Brochure & Map 

Park opens at 7 a.m. 365 days a year, 6 a.m. for fishing April 1 - October 31.
Closing time is 8 p.m. through April 12; 8:30 p.m. April 12-May 2; and 9 p.m. May 3-June 7.

Manasquan Reservoir trail usersSpend a day fishing, boating, or walking the trail at this beautiful spot in southern 
Monmouth County. Now the most visited site in the Monmouth County Park System, over one million visitors come to the Manasquan Reservoir each year.

Park features:

  • 1,204 acres of land and water
  • fishing
  • 5-mile perimeter trail
  • 1-mile nature trail
  • playground
  • ice-skating
  • kayak and rowboat rentals

The Manasquan Reservoir is a source of water for municipalities and utilities. The Reservoir is also a natural setting for recreational activities and outdoor pursuits. The 770-acre Reservoir is part of a larger 1,204 acre site that include woods and wetlands, a 5-mile perimeter trail, fishing and boating areas, and a Visitor Center. There is also an Environmental Center.

PLEASE NOTE:  Large group (over 50 people) gatherings are not available at this site. Please see Picnic Areas for nearby county Park System facilities where large groups can be accommodated.  Swimming is not permitted.

About the Reservoir

The reservoir is an important part of the water supply in Monmouth County. Water from the Manasquan River enters and exits the reservoir through the inlet/outlet tower in the front of the main dam. With a 4 billion gallon water capacity and a maximum depth of 40', the reservoir can supply up to 30 million gallons of water a day.

Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center

Visitor Center   
This Center is the site of all boating activities at the reservoir and features a boat rental area, bait shop, vending machines, restrooms, fireplace and program activity rooms. The bait shop is closed December thru February. The second level observation deck offer spectacular views of the site. 


The Reservoir is open year round for fishing and is stocked with large and small-mouth bass, hybrid striped bass, tiger muskie, bullhead catfish and panfish species. A State fishing licenses is required for anglers age 16 and over. A license can be purchased at any local fishing supply/bait shop or by visiting the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife websiteFishing licenses are NOT available for purchase at the Manasquan Reservoir.

Fishing at the Manasquan Reservoir

The boat ramp is open for the season March 1 through November 30. Seasonal and daily boat launch passes are available at the cost of $6 daily or $46 seasonal. All vessels must be launched from the east ramp at the Visitor Center. Boating is a great way to explore this site, take advantage of the fishing opportunities, or simply relax. All boats (with electric motors), sailboats, kayaks and canoes must be at least 8' in length, are permitted on the Reservoir. All persons boating on the Manasquan Reservoir shall wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved type I, II, III hybrid inflatable, or V personal flotation device in serviceable conditions. New Jersey State Boating laws and Park System rules and regulations are in effect on the water.  See our rules and regulations for the Manasquan Reservoir.

Boat Rentals
At the Visitor Center, park patrons ages 18 and older can rent rowboats (1-hr $12.62 or 4-hrs $35.51); electric motor powered rowboats (4-hrs $46.26); and kayaks (1-hr single person $14.49 or 1-hr double person $20.56). Cash or personal checks only; credit cards not accepted.  A $10 deposit is required for 1 hour rental; $20 deposit required for 4 hour rental. Motor boat rentals begin April 1st - October 31st and kayak rentals May 1- October 31st. (Prices do not include sales tax.)

Operation of an electric motorboat requires a NJ boating safety certificate. For information on and locations of boating safety classes click here.


Boat tours at the Manasquan Reservoir


Boat Tours 
Enjoy a 45-minute boat tour on the beautiful Manasquan Reservoir. Tours are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife including turtles, egrets, herons, ospreys, and perhaps a Bald Eagle!  Life-jackets required (provided). Please Note: Tours are both weather and water level dependent.  The schedule is as follows:

Weekend & Holiday Tours (Memorial Day, Labor Day & Columbus Day)
May 2- October 12
2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Wednesday Tours  
July 1-August 26
2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.

First Friday Evening Tours  
May 1 at 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; June 5 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; July 3 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; August 7 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; September 4 at 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $4 per child, 12 and under and $6 per adult. (updated 2/15)

Biking along the trail at the Manasquan Reservoir

The 5.1 mile gravel Perimeter Trail offers panoramic views of the Reservoir and provides a great trail experience for all users.  This trail loops all the way around the reservoir and has a fairly even, well-maintained surface and is designated as a MODERATE trail due to its length. Mileposts are marked on the trail.

An additional 1.1 mile Cove Trail is a scenic nature trail which explores the lakeshore around the Environmental Center and is open to pedestrains only.

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Park Map with Trails (pdf)

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  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left. 
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.