Great Places for Kayaking

A list of the best kayaking places in the state.

Splitrock Reservoir
This notably serene North Jersey locale, a favorite of kayakers, was closed to visitors since the 1960s but reopened to the public three years ago. (

Manasquan Reservoir
A great spot for kayak neophytes. Part of a 1,200-acre park system, good spot for hiking, fishing and boating; kayak rentals available. (732-919-0996)

Barnegat Bay and Metedeconk River

The nearby Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge provides some beautiful scenery and plenty of creature-spotting opportunities. (

The Delaware River
Fantastic for taking in panoramic views of foliage. Beyond the rugged reach of the Delaware Water Gap, the river offers hundreds of miles of prime paddling. Try putting in at Penns Grove in southwestern Salem County. (

Cape May Harbor
Better for kayakers who are not afraid of a few whitecaps. Beyond the harbor, explore the many adjoining creeks. Bird watchers should be prepared for an added bonus. (

The Pine Barrens
These 1.1 million acres offer enticing options. Try the gentle waters of Atsion Lake in Hammonton, a good spot for beginners. (

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Once you put in anywhere along the refuge, don’t become consumed with paddling. Take time out to survey the floodplain forests, tall rocky cliffs, and wet meadows that ebb and flow through seasonal watertables. (973-702-7266)

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