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Jetty Jockey

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Hello again, The terraforming process is nearly complete for the northern bayshore all the way up to the northwestern corner of the map

in Woodbine. In today's installment we'll be looking at the area around Dennis Creek. Dennis Creek seperates the Cape May peninsula

from mainland New Jersey. It has its source in the Great Cedar Swamp ( incomplete, on Mount Pleasant tile and off map northeastward).

It is a fresh water creek east of Dennisville, and becomes tidal a bit east of the Route 47 bridge. From there it flows a twisty , treacherous

course through the salt marsh to the northeast corner of Delaware Bay , 4 miles below the bridge.

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Here's a look at the Dennisville tile. Delsea Drive ( NJ Route 47) enters the region from Cumberland County ( west of region). It passes

Ludlam and Johnson Ponds before turning south to cross Dennis Creek at Dennis Landing . It is one of the primary links to the rest

of New Jersey

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In colonial times, Dennis Creek contributed to the isolation of the region by being a barrier to travel south and east from the more

populated areas around Philadelphia. ( 65 miles northwest ). In 1742 , wagon loads of dirt and rock were brought in and a

causeway constructed over the marshland. Several wooden bridges have been built and subsequently swept away by the strong

tidal flow in the creek, particularly during a hurricane or winter "nor'easter". In the early 20th century , the bridges over Dennis

Creek were upgraded to concrete and steel.

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The pic above shows the creek at low tide. During high tide , most of the pilings are submerged.

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This area has 2 of the region's few "natural" ponds ( not created by groundwater filling a sand and gravel pit). Ludlam

Pond ( left) and Johnson Pond ( right) are a few feet above the high tide mark and provided fresh water to the region's

first settlers . Small creeks flow southward down into the tidal marsh.

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oops, pics were mislabled . they should be "2a" and "2b" respectively

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South of Dennisville is Jake's Landing. The area around it is part of the Dennisville Wildlife Management Area and is

owned by the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game , and Wildlife. The area is a broad, grassy expanse of wetlands that

extend for miles. It is a popular place for birdwatchers, who come here to spy bald eagles, a variety of hawks, geese and

other waterfowl that inhabit or pass through the region during thier migration.

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A public boat ramp is maintained here by the state. Here we see a group of Sims preparing for a day of fishing on

Delaware Bay or crabbing in the many creeks nearby

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* Boat ramp is part of PEG Coastal Development Kit. Thanks , Pegasus !

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Well , that does it for today's update. I'm taking a bit more time between updates to complete larger areas of the region.

Since a lot of the area has many similarities in terrain, I don't want to get too redundant in my presentations. Thanks for

viewing, and as always, questions, comments , requests for more details, and criticisms are welcome. ( Well the

criticisms are a bit less welcome than the rest, but I'll deal with it. ) 19.gif

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So good! Its great to see the real photos for comparison, I always think that's quite a brave move in a CJ!

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