719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758
732-787-3033 - Activity Center
732-495-2115 - Ranger Station
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Upcoming Drop-In Offerings
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 8 p.m. through April 2; 8:30 p.m. April 3-30; and 9 p.m. May 1-June 4.
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.
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
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.
Upcoming Drop-In Offerings:
Fish Hawk Frenzy
Wednesday, March 29 from 10-11 a.m. - Meet in main parking lot.
Celebrate the return of the Osprey, a.k.a. Fish Hawk, one of the iconic birds of the Bayshore, and a sure sign of spring and warmer weather to come. We will take a casual stroll along the beach as we search for this majestic raptor, as well as other early returning migrants. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow. Please dress for the weather (layers) and wear close-toed shoes (no flip-flops). Open to adults. Please Note: Program is limited to 15 people so arrive early to ensure you have a spot. FREE!
International Astronomy Day!
Saturday, April 29 from 9-10 p.m.
Are you curious about astronomy and the wonders of the night sky? Join us as we celebrate International Astronomy Day! Learn what is currently visible in the night sky as we practice the age-old method of two-eyed observing. Also, learn some tips and resources to get started in the popular and growing hobby of astronomy. Please dress for the weather (layers) and bring a flashlight. Open to adults. Please Note: If weather conditions are poor for stargazing, we will have a short program about astronomy basics. FREE!
Spring Migration Madness Birding Walk
Thursday, May 4 from 9-10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 10 from 9-10 a.m.
May is the peak time of year for bird migration in New Jersey as many species return from their wintering grounds in the southern United States and Central and South America while sporting their breeding plumage and practicing their songs. We will search the woodland edges and beachfront to see what avian gems we can find during this exciting time of year. No need to be an expert. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow. Please dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes (no flip-flops). Open to adults. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series
Join us for a series of eye-opening talks by Park System Naturalists to discover what’s lurking in or near the waters and wetlands of Monmouth County. Presentations are designed to inform the public of current issues, ecology and science research, and to inspire appreciation for the local natural world. Open to adults. FREE!
Here's what's planned:
Striped Bass: The Most Interesting Fish Along the Jersey Shore!
Thursday, April 20 from 7-8 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth
Also known as rockfish and stripers, this fish is not only fun to catch, but has an interesting life history. In fact, the State of New Jersey spends more money on striped bass research than any other marine species. Find out some amusing and interesting facts you probably didn’t know about this popular fish.
Horseshoe Crabs Trying to Survive in a Modern World
Thursday, May 18 from 7-8 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth
Horseshoe crabs are vital to the ecology of local tidal waters in Monmouth County. Every year, during the full and new moons of late May and early June, many horseshoe crabs crawl up onto beaches to spawn and create the next generation, as they have for at least 350 million years. But today there are many threats to the survival of these ancient seafarers. Join us as we discover why the population of horseshoe crabs is declining and what people are doing to protect the crab through research, and what you can do to help.
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, email@example.com.
- 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).