Canoe & Kayak Access by Park

Kayaking on the Manasquan River Greenway

When on the water in the parks, visitors must follow NJ State boating laws and Park System rules and regulations. This includes wearing a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (type I, II, III, hybrid inflatable, or V). Also, conditions at Crosswicks Creek and the Manasquan River Greenway may not always be optimal for paddling; these waters may be obstructed by fallen trees or debris.

Detailed maps, addresses & directions are available on the park site by clicking park name.


Launch Area            


Paddler Level      


Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth

30 yard walk from parking lot over sand dunes gives great access regardless of tides

Wary of paddling east towards Earle Naval Pier. Stay outside white buoys or MP's will approach. Be cautious of boat & jet ski.

Beginner to advanced. Area can experience choppy waters from winds. Good place to practice kayak rolling.

1 hr to full day

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell

Car top and trailer launch with concrete ramp

Must check in with staff at the Visitor Center Bait Shop. Passes: $7/$50

Ramp open 3/1-11/30. Vessels must be 8' in length. Sit-on-top & rowboat rentals available

1-4 hrs

Manasquan River, 
Howell Park Golf Course, Farmingdale

Car top launching, sandy beach

Park in small area just after bridge on left. Carry vessel 20 yds. If parked in GC lot, please inform Pro Shop that you are on river.

Intermediate to Expert


Manasquan River Greenway, (4 locations)

Car top launching for each site. Limited parking area. 20 - 30 yd walk at each.

Each site has steep embankments, unsure footing and erosion.

 Intermediate to Expert


Marlu Lake,
Thompson Park,

Car top with trailer access.

 No gas powered motors

Beginner to Intermediate

1-3 hrs

Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold

 Car top, no trailer access.

Rentals available seasonally. No gas powered motors


 1-2 hrs

Did you know?  Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility.  (Source - Better Health