The location @ Berkeley Island County Park, was a great spot to launch from. This site is easy to find, and offers plenty of parking close to the waters edge. Of course since it was mid-November, I found NO other persons utilizing this site--so I'm sure come the warmer months, parking could be a little bit more tricky. I had arrived before the rising of the sun, and on this day ... boy was I glad that I did! Since I was in no particular hurry, after unloading all my gear, I simply stood and marveled at the incredible show that was unfolding before my very eyes. For mid-November, the weather had cooperated beautifully on this day, and it looked to remain throughout. The goal kayaking wise, was to cross Barnegat Bay, with the main destination being the Barnegat Inlet, & lighthouse area in mind. In keeping with prior trips taken, the winds continued to blow about--making surface conditions down right anxious & confusing at times. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the added excitement, which seemed to stick around for most of the 20+ mile paddling distance. Marine traffic was busy, not only with vessels traversing the bay, but of course inside and around the inlet area as well. The backwaters in and around Sedge Island, provided a nice escape from all the motorized traffic, and allowed for some quality time surrounded by all the peacefulness.
Besides having the most incredible times kayaking in & around the New Jersey shore area during the cooler fall months, I can't help but add that each and every excursion taken, was followed up immediately after, by lunching at one of the various Surf Taco locations, found situated about the northern shore area. It is suffice to say, that I love Mexican food as much as I do kayaking-though I find it hard to tell as to which one exactly brings me on such adventurous endeavors in the first place?
Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean
Watch for tricky surface conditions when windy, and speeding boaters.
I hate sounding like a broken record, but proper gear-skills-and a well thought-out plan is paramount, when undertaking any such trip onboard a kayak.
I found all the conditions faced, easily manageable. Having undergone proper training beforehand, and feeling completely confidence in my skills, I find neutralizes all potential risks involved. The study of local nautical charts, as well as employing the usage of a handheld marine VHF radio, helps round things out.