Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area

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Activity Center: 383 Third Avenue, Manasquan, NJ 08736
732-922-4080 or 3868 - Ranger Station (at Shark River Park)

Park opens at 7 a.m. 365 days a year.
Closing time is 8:30 p.m. through August 31; 8 p.m. September 1-23; and 7:30 p.m. September 24-October 10.


The Board of Recreation Commissioners is continuing to implement a plan to provide greater opportunities for visitors at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area.  As the site's beach has grown in popularity with dog owners, other users including kayakers, fishermen, and wildlife enthusiasts have been feeling squeezed out.  At its June 8th meeting, the Board approved a plan to designate a portion of the beach as dog free.  Dog owners can enjoy the front (east) portion of the beach while the back (west) portion of the beach is preserved for other beach activities.  Please see map.

This delineation of beach activities is in effect year round, all daylight hours. Signs are posted so that visitors will know which portion of the beach is designated for dog access.  The leash rule remains in effect and will be enforced by the Park Rangers to ensure the safety and well being of all visitors. 

Tidal Tuesdays  
Tuesdays, June 30-September 1 at 11 a.m. 

Looking for some Tuesday fun by the shore this summer? Stop by the Activity Center at Fisherman's Cove and join a Park System Naturalist to discover exciting things about nature and our coastal habitats. Each week take part in a different activity such as meeting creatures living in the water that we find in our seine net or creating crafts from natural materials found along the shore, Programs run for about 30-60 minutes. Open to all ages, under 18 with adult. This program is designed for individuals and families, not groups. For details on the activity for the week, please call 732-751-9453.

Total Lunar Eclipse  
Sunday, September 27 at 8:30 p.m.  

Want to see something cool? Join a Park System Naturalist for a total lunar eclipse, the fourth and last in a tetrad, a series of four consecutive eclipses in 2014-2015. Check out the early stages of the penumbral eclipse starting at 8:30 p.m., the partial eclipse starting at 9 p.m., or just come to watch the spectacular appearance of the full eclipse starting at 10:11 p.m. and climaxing at 10:45 p.m.! Experts predict this total lunar eclipse will be 100% visible on the East Coast, weather permitting. Make sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and something warm to wear.  Open to ages 7 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!


This 55-acre site, the last undeveloped tract on the Manasquan Inlet, is a great place to fish, walk on the beach, or go sunbathing. Dogs must be on leash at all times while at this park. The Park System provides an off-leash dog area at Thompson Park in Lincroft and at the Wolf Hill Recreation Area in Oceanport. The Activity Center hosts a variety of nature programs with limited street parking.

Please be aware NJ anglers age 16 and up are now required to register with the NJ Saltwater Angler Registry (for free) to fish in marine and fresh tidal waters of NJ. For more information regarding the registration, click here.


  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98 to State Hwy 34 south to State Hwy 35 south. Before bridge, right onto Higgins Ave, Brielle then left onto Hwy 71 (Union Ave). Right onto Fisk Ave/Brielle Road, right onto 3rd Ave., conservation area on right.