Townsend Jetty

Townsend Jetty
New Jersey
USA East

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Site Review by
 Ray Clark
Date: 08/06/2012

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Ray Clark Entry:    1.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Whiting Reef:    3.00
State:   NJ Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   40 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   665 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    2.80
Townsend and Corson Inlets would be a lot of work and look like boring dives. The Sea Isle side of Townsend might be good for freediving spearfishing since fishermen can't get to the rock pile and it's too much work for scuba. The south side, Avalon side of the inlet has parking and a rock jetty with a lot of fishermen on it. Someone younger may consider rock climbing but not me. None of the fishermen on either side seemed to be catching any keepers so the inlet proper probably isn't good for spearos either. There is a $1.50 cash only, no EZPass toll on the bridge so if you are heading south on the GSP and you want to go to the Sea Isle side get off at the Sea Isle exit (17?) Head east into Sea Isle, there is a sign on the right pointing to beach badge sales but I never saw a badge checker. At the last light turn right and head south to the bridge. The north side, Sea Isle side has a park on the west side of the road just at the bridge. There is shaded parking, rest room and water fountain. To do this side you need a Sherpa and support crew to watch your dive cart. There is a handicap mat to make pulling the cart over the dunes easier but for some inexplicable reason there is a step up onto the mat. This is where the Sherpa comes in :) Once over the dunes the mat runs out, the beach runs out to the bridge. There is a sign that beach badges must be worn however I did not see anyone checking them. This is a typical Jersey beach and probably a sand dessert on the bottom. You could enter the water here and swim out against the current but if you look at the pictures you'll see it's a long way. The shortest way to the rock pile would be a straight line but that's a nesting area and off limits. The rock pile would be the most interesting thing here to dive and it's out of reach for fishermen but it's in the surf zone of the Sea Isle beach so it's going to be limited viz. This is listed as a beach dive but a boat would be better.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2012
Visibility:    1.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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