Swimming River Park

483 West Front Street, Red Bank (Middletown), NJ, 07701 (for GPS)
732-842-4000, ext. 4312
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through June 10; 9:30 p.m. June 11-July 15; and 9 p.m. July 16-August 19.   
Tick Advisory  

Please be aware that as part of our park development plan, demolition of all existing buildings at this site is scheduled for spring 2019. This will require restricted public access for approximately two months. Please check back for specific dates.  Find out more about this project.
(posted 3/11/2019)

Check out our schedule of 
Drop-In Kayak Tours at Swimming River this summer.


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.

The park, comprised of 16 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. Plans are in the works to make improvements to the park in the coming months. Portions of the site are closed to visitors during the restoration and improvement stage.  Please observe all posted signs. 

2019 Ramp Fees 

  • Trailered Vessels: $50 for the season
  • Non-trailerd vessels (such as kayaks, canoes, rowing shells and paddleboards) - FREE
    (fees updated 1/19)   

Ramp passes may be purchased at the Reservations Office in the Headquarters building at Thompson Park, Lincroft, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.  



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.