In today's update we return to the western shore of the county, focusing on the area around Reed's Beach.
It is a sparsely populated section of Middle Township, comprised mostly of salt marsh and farmland.
Heading south on NJ 47 from Goshen, the road crosses Bidwell's Creek. Upstream of the bridge the creek branches, with Bidwell's Creek heading east and Skeeter Island Creek turning south. Skeeter Island ( east of the creek) is a Federal Wildlife sanctuary and access is prohibited. About a mile south of the bridge, Reed's Beach road heads off westward to that tiny bayfront community.
On the southern bank of the creek is Bayway Marina.
The marina is one of the few that offer convenient access to the fine fishing on Delaware Bay as well as providing a sheltered harbor for transient boaters heading up the Delaware Bay.
Looking west across Delsea Drive. Heading west on Reed's Beach Road takes one through a mile or so of woodlands and marsh to Reed's Beach.
Reed's Beach is the northernmost of Cape May County's Delaware Bayfront communities. A handful of bungalows and vacation homes maintain a tenuous hold amongst the dunes. The access road often floods during the high tides of the new and full moons ( not to mention during time of storms) and residents and visitors have to wait an hour or so for the waters to recede to access the village. The marshand east of the dune line is a prime habitat for several species of migratory waterfowl,making this a premier spot for the many bird watchers that come to the region in the spring and fall.
Visitors to the county are often amused by many of the strange road signs they encounter here. Here we see one of the many turtle crossings in the region, this one just east of Reed's Beach.
Beachfront homes along Delaware Bay.
Bayfront homes, pictured at low tide. At high tide, the waves lap underneath the buildings. Fortunately for the most part the surf is fairly gentle this far up the Bay.
Beach Avenue, looking south. The prevailing northwest winds blow sand from the dunes over the road and it often needs to be cleared , particularly after a winter of nor'easter storms. You may notice there are no homes on this section of Beach Road. They were washed out to sea during Hurricane Gloria in the 1980s .There wasn't enough land left remaining to rebuild.
Here we see a fisherman returning to harbor with a load of tasty blue crabs harvested from Delaware Bay. The rock and concrete jetty was built on the southern bank of the mouth of Bidwell's Creek to prevent it from being blocked by shoaling sand.
Well, that's all I have for today. I hope you've enjoyed your visit. As always, comments are appreciated ( and encouraged). I value your feedback !
Is it "sage-town" or is it "saig-town"?
It's pronounced "sig-town", although I've heard it pronounced "zig-town" also
One of the best recreation journals in SC4 history - I appreciate the patience you must have.
Thanks! I've lived here for most of my life, but I keep finding out new and interesting stuff about the region. It also gives me an excuse to get out and be a tourist .
This looks really good.
Sadly, most of the folks around here are Flyers fans, but I'm with you on that one, though. Any team that actually admits it plays in New Jersey ( unlike those Giants and Jets) gets my support.
I like how the golf course houses are all the same - quite realistic
How much bulldozing did that take?
I tried for about an hour until I finally got frustrated and went to my last resort, the lotplop cheat. I don't like using it because it messes up the RCI demands and particularly with residential lots they don't find work and the lot abandons. I used it for the screenshot, then deleted them. Maybe I'll go back when I have more patience