Swimming River Park

483 West Front Street, Red Bank (Middletown), NJ, 07701 (for GPS)   
732-842-4000, ext. 4312   
Tick Advisory 
Park opens daily at 6 a.m. March 1-November 30 and 7 a.m. December 1-February 29.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through June 4; 9:30 p.m. June 5-July 16; and 9 p.m. July 17-August 13.

Swimming River Park Season Boat Launch Pass

How to obtain a boat launch pass:

  • Download an application and return it to Thompson Park Headquarters Building, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    • Monmouth County Park System offices are closed during holiday observances.
  • Those wishing to purchase a powered vessel season launch pass must present a valid Boat Safety Certificate and valid boat registration.
  • See our Fees & Charges for Swimming River Park
  • Season pass stickers are to be affixed to the vessel in clear sight for the ranger to observe.
  • Daily ramp passes will be available for purchase using the VIPLY app beginning early June.  
NOW AVAILABLE!  Family Pass for Car-Top Boats 
This $75 pass can be applied to up to three car-top vessels including kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, and rowing shells. It is available for purchased at the Thompson Park Headquarters Building, Lincroft, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Download an application. (PDF)

Scenic view


This recent addition to the Park System provides scenic views of Red Bank and the Navesink and Swimming Rivers. A public boat ramp provides access to the river March 1 to November 30 for fishing, crabbing, wildlife observation, or touring the picturesque marshes and coves of this extensive watershed.  No boat rentals or boat storage are available at this time.  It is strongly recommended that all persons launching a vessel from Swimming River Park 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 are in effect on the water. For more on boating safely visit www.uscgboating.org. Swimming is prohibited at the park. 

The park, comprised of 18 acres in the River Plaza section of Middletown, was acquired by the Park System with assistance from the Monmouth Conservation Foundation in September of 2015. Swimming River Park has recently undergone several improvements including new bulkheading and boat ramp, kayak beach launch area, docks, a walking trail and parking. Learn more about this project. Portions of the site may be closed to visitors.  Please observe all posted signs. 

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.



Garden State Parkway to Exit 109. Southbound, turn left onto Newman Springs Rd. at the traffic light. Stay in right lane for approximately 1,000 feet, then bear right (after overpass) onto jughandle for Half Mile Rd. Northbound, go straight at the traffic light onto Half Mile Rd. On Half Mile Rd. proceed 0.5 miles to the end, turn right onto West Front St.  Park entrance is about 1 mile ahead on the right (before the bridge).

State Hwy. 35 northbound into Red Bank, turn left onto West Front St. Proceed about 1 mile, cross the bridge, park entrance is on your left.   Traveling south, turn right onto Navesink River Rd. just before the bridge into Red Bank. Travel 0.7 miles, turn left onto Hubbard Ave. Travel another 0.5  miles, turn right onto West Front St. Park entrance is immediately on your left.