The Manasquan Railroad Bridge

The Manasquan Railroad Bridge
New Jersey
USA East

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Site Review by
 Jerry
Date: 06/26/2010

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jerry Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Reef:    3.00
State:   NJ Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   15 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   50 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.23
Easy entry, a ramp leading into the water, and an interesting assortment of marine life make this site worth diving for the beginner and intermediate diver. If visibility is good, the area around the bridge provides a great opportunity to observe the fish which congregate around the support structures. If the marine life is not present, interesting bottles can still be found along the bottom. At this site you will find black fish, flat fish, bergalls and others that are typical of the New Jersey coast. Watch for the unexpected. Puffer fish and tropical fish can be carried in with the tide. As is true of other shore diving sites in New Jersey, conditions vary. Visibility can be less than a foot to fifteen feet or better. An approximate average for this season has been between four to six feet. The bottom at this site slopes on both sides, with a deeper channel in the middle. Approximate depth in the channel is 24 feet. Excessive activity will disturb the bottom and decrease visibility. A slow and easy pace provides the best experience. It is also best to visit this site when it is not crowded with large groups of divers or dive students. Catch an early tide or dive on a weekday. Divers planning to visit this site should note that the TIDE PREDICTIONS are often wrong. Check the current on both sides of the bridge before diving. Some experienced divers of this site drop a clam shell into the water near the bridge to judge current and visibility. Ignore or misjudge the incoming current and you will spend your dive holding onto objects on the bottom or you will be pushed into the marina. Entering the marina could subject you to a summons and could jeopardize diving at this site for everyone. The docking area for fishing boats, to the East of the bridge, is also best avoided. Another issue at this site is occasional power boat traffic. This is usually not heavy, but power boats can travel through the dive area. Some tie up along the bulkhead. Carry a dive flag and surface near it. The area around and under the bridge contains rubble, some of which rises from the bottom. In good visibility, this should not be a problem. The length of a dive at this site can be limited by the current. Pay attention to the current change after slack, and end your dive before the current becomes too strong. Night Diving: Not sure if this is permitted. Park Closes at Dusk is posted on a sign.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    1.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2010
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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