Wanttoknow, Home Buyer in Forked River, NJ

how is it getting in and out of barnegat inlet?

Asked by Wanttoknow, Forked River, NJ Tue Sep 15, 2009

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As with going in and out of any inlet there are many factors that change how easy or how hard it is to get in and out of a inlet. Time of day, Tide, Traffic, Weather. We have used this inlet many times and some times it was easy going and some times not so easy. We own a 23 foot Trophy.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 23, 2012
Want to know: I'm not the best source for this, having not used the inlet in several years now. It was a fine fair weather inlet. The shoals used to be very tricky but the Coast Guard revamped the jetties somewhat and it was a lot better. To ascertain how it is after a couple of years, it would be best to talk to the Coasties and also to check with those who use it constantly. (There are a ton who do.) The southerly drift of the current had made the entry a curve starting well south of a straight line into the inlet. This is not at all like Manasquan, which is fairly straight. If you are in limited visibility and a nasty swell, I'd think about AC or Manasquan, unless you have good local knowledge.

If this question is based on a real estate interest in the area, I’d say go for it. In the weather where you had trouble getting in and out, it would be the kind of weather that it would be wise to stay in the bay. Sailing to the north of the inlet is a lot of fun in the bay.

Bill Holt
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 16, 2009
Barnegat inlet is very clearly marked and is easy to navigate as long as you stay in the channel. There are a lot of large boats going in and out along with commercial fishing boats so extra care is needed if you are a smaller vessel. Double creek runs off the inlet so coming in make sure you take the correct turn.
Happy boating Safe boating
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 19, 2012
You might want to check with the US Coast Guard in Barnegat Light.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 15, 2009
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