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New Jersey Segments
Jamie Fosburgh
National Park Service
Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance
15 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 223-5191
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River

County

Reach

Length (miles)

Year Listed/ Updated

ORVs

Description

Other States

Albertson Brook

Atlantic, Camden

Confluence with Nescochaque Creek to Pa. Railroad

7

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Alquatka Branch

Burlington

Confluence with Mullica to headwaters

2

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Back Creek

Cumberland

Back Creek Point to Husted Landing

6

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Delaware River comments.

 

Ballanger Creek

Ocean

Confluence with Mullica to Route 9

3

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Bass River

Ocean

Confluence with Mullica for 2 miles

2

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Batsto River (Pine Barrens River System)

Burlington

Mullica River to Hampton

20

1982

 

S, R, W, H, C, O

Since the earliest days of the European settlers, the forested interior region of southern N.J. known as the Pinelands, has been recognized for its large quantities of water. The most important abiotic element of the Pinelands ecosystem is water, considering its availability and characteristic chemistry. Water is stored in the extensive sand aquifers below the surface. This ground water supports 89 percent of the flow in the Pinelands streams, discharging primarily through the swamps and marshes.

Hydrologic-(A distinctive characteristic of the nationally unique Pinelands are the surface waterways. Most of the region is drained by rather closely spaced and somewhat parallel streams flowing to barrier bays along the Atlantic Ocean or south to the Delaware Bay. No point in the Pinelands is more than 1.5 miles from a surface water body. Streams in the Pinelands are typically slow moving and shallow due to very low topographic gradient. The unusual brown or so-called tea colored appearance of the stream waters results from the abundance of an organic iron complex, which is derived from the oxidation of iron ions dissolved in groundwater and mixed with decomposing plant by-products at the surface. These rivers are also important because they help to maintain the quality of the adjacent barrier bays which in turn maintain the aquatic nursery and spawning areas of the region. In addition, the fact that most streams and the groundwater aquifers in the Pinelands are still low in nutrients (or unpolluted) makes these areas (and the region) unusual.

Wild-(Rivers and river segments flow through an area which is the most extensive wildland tract in the Middle Atlantic Seaboard region.)

Historic-(System includes river-related National Register sites such as Batsto Village and National Historic Districts such as the Double Trouble area.)

Recreation-(System is in unique proximity and accessible to significant urban population centers in Philadelphia, PA, Trenton, NJ, Camden NJ, and Wilmington, DE. Certain river segments are unique in that they are canoeable the entire year.)

Scenic-(System includes hardwood forest streams, bog-freshwater marsh areas and white cedar streams. These areas are 3 of the top 4 Pinelands landscapes most preferred by the public as scenery.)

Cultural-(River and river segment corridors include representative and unique Pinelands old streambank industries. These river areas, identified as the most preferred of all Pinelands cultural landscape types, include Sim Place, Quaker Bridge, Hampton and numerous other cranberry bogs.)

Botanic-(System includes representative examples of all the significant Pinelands aquatic vegetation types including White cedar swamps, bogs, cranberry bogs and freshwater marshes. The characteristic pattern of this vegetation is directly linked to stream flow quantity and quality. These areas serve as the habitat for at least 4 rare or endangered plant species.)

 

Beaver Run

Burlington

Confluence with Wading River to headwaters

3

1982

       

Berrys Creek

Bergen

Confluence with the Hackensack River to south of Route 3

2

1982

 

R

See Hackensack River comments.

 

Cedar Creek

Ocean

Route 9 crossing to the dam above Double Trouble

6

1982

 

W, O

   

Cedar Creek

Ocean

Transmission line crossing above Double Trouble dam to Bamber Lake

5

1982

 

H, O

   

Cedar Creek

Ocean

Lanoka Harbot to Bamber Lake

14

1982

 

C, O

   

Cedar Creek

Cumberland

Mouth to south of Cedarville

5

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Delaware River comments.

 

Cedar Creek

Ocean

Bamber Lake to headwaters

2

1982

 

H, O

   

Chamberlain Branch

Ocean

Bamber Lake to headwaters

5

1982

 

H, O

   

Cohansey River

Cumberland

Delaware Bay to Rogap Run

16

1982

 

H, O

Historic-(Segment includes the Greenwich National Historic District, a town which contributed to development of middle colonies through shipping and trade.)

Wild-(Segment flows through one of the most inaccessible and undisturbed salt marshes in the section.)

 

Daniels Branch

Ocean

Confluence with Cedar Creek to headwaters

2

1982

 

H, O

   

Dark Branch

Ocean

From confluence with Maple Root Br. to headwaters

2

1982

 

R, O

See Toms River comments.

 

Deep Run Brook

Burlington

Confluence with Batsto River to headwaters

4

1982

 

S, R, W, H, C, O

See Batsto River comments.

 

Delaware River (Delaware River/Bay System)

Salem, New Castle

Delaware Bay to Salem Nuclear Power Plant

4

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

The Delaware River-Bay System represents an example of undeveloped rivers in a regionally unique estuarine area. The area in total is composed of several distinct subareas which in combination form a highly exemplary, productive and important river mouth estuarine system. The area is the least developed of 16 similar identified areas in the northeast.

Geologic-(The main segment of the Delaware River is an outstanding and unique example of a high order drowned river mouth.)

Cultural-(Rivers and river segments include remnants of the once productive and unique Middle Atlantic fishing industry.)

Recreation-(System is accessible and in unique proximity to high concentrations of urban populations in Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, PA, and Camen NJ.)

Wild-(River and river segment corridors are virtually undeveloped and remote.)

Hydrologic-(The Delaware River segment is a unique, sparsely developed, high order, tidal river area.)

Wildlife-(Areas within and adjacent to the river corridors are important nesting, feeding, migrating, and wintering sites for waterfowl along the Atlantic flyway.)

DE

Dennis Creek

Cape May

Mouth to headwaters in the Great Cedar Swamp

8

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Deleware River comments.

 

Dividing Creek

Cumberland

Mouth to Tom's Bridge

10

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Deleware River comments.

 

Factory Branch

Ocean

Confluence with Cedar Creek to headwaters

6

1982

 

W, O

   

Fishing Creek

Salem

Storm Inlet to Alloway Creek Neck Road

3

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Deleware River comments.

 

Forked River, North Branch

Ocean

Garden State Parkway to the headwaters of the Cave Cabin Branch

7

1982

 

O

Botanic-(Within and representative of the unique Pine Barrens area. Corridor includes Bottomland Hardwood Forest and Evergreen Shrub Bog, including stands of significant and rare Atlantic white cedar.)

Wild-(Huge undeveloped expanses of ecologically significant salt water tidal marsh are within and adjacent to the area.)

 

Great Brook

Morris

Confluence with the Passaic River to Silver Lake

5

1982

 

O

See Passaic River (segment from route 78 to Osborn Mills) comments.

 

Great Egg Harbor River

Camden

New Brooklyn Lake backwater to the Pa. - Reading R.R. crossing

6

1982

 

R, O

Recreation-(Unique proximity to significant urban population centers in Philadelphia, Trenton, Camden and Wilmington.)

THE SEGMENT FROM WILLIAMSTOWN-NEW FREEDOM ROAD TO THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY WAS ADDED AS A COMPONENT OF THE NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC rivers SYSTEM ON 10/27/92.

 

Great Egg Harbor River

Atlantic

Great Egg Harbor Bay to south of May's Landing

10

1982

 

W, O

Wildlife-(Corridor is a portion of the habitat for eight rare and/or endangered species of birds.)

Botanic-(Within and representative of the unique Pine Barrens area. Corridor includes Bottomland Hardwood Forest and Evergreen Shrub Bog, including stands of significant and rare Atlantic white cedar.)

Wild-(Huge undeveloped expanses of ecologically significant salt water tidal marsh are within and adjacent to the area.)

THE SEGMENT FROM THE MOUTH OF PACTONG CREEK TO THE MILL STREET BRIDGE WAS ADDED AS A COMPONENT OF THE NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC rivers SYSTEM ON 10/27/92.

 

Great Egg Harbor River

Atlantic, Gloucester, Camden

Weymouth to the Atlantic City Expressway

24

1982

 

R, O

Recreation-(Unique proximity to significant urban population centers in Philadelphia, Trenton, Camden and Wilmington.)

Botanic-(Within and representative of the unique Pine Barrens area.)

THE SEGMENT FROM LAKE LANAPE TO THE ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESSWAY WAS ADDED AS A COMPONENT OF THE NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC rivers SYSTEM ON 10/27/92.

 

Great Swamp Branch

Atlantic

Confluence with Nescochaque Creek to reservoir at Myrtle Avenue

3

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Hackensack River

Bergen, Hudson

Penn Central R.R. crossing to south of Route 3

3

1982

 

R

Recreation-(The closest, sparsely developed river within a metropolitan population center of approximately 8 million persons.)

 

Hope Creek

Salem

Mouth to headwaters

4

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Deleware River comments.

 

Hospitality Brook

Burlington

Confluence with West Branch to Wallow Bogs

1

1982

       

Lamington-Black River

Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon

Confluence with the West Branch Raritan River to Randolph

25

1982

 

R

Recreation-(The closest, sparsely developed river within 50 miles of a population center of approximately 8 million.)

 

Landing Creek

Atlantic

Confluence with Mullica to Indian Cabin Road

4

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Little Hanken Run

Burlington

Confluence with West Branch to Wallow Bogs

2

1982

       

Long Brook

Ocean

From confluence with Toms River to headwaters

2

1982

 

R, O

See Toms River comments.

 

Mad Horse Creek

Salem

Mouth to headwaters of Little and Turners Fork Creeks

7

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Deleware River comments.

 

Manumuskin River

Cumberland

Confluence with Maurice to Pa. Reading Seashore Lines

4

1982

 

C

See Maurice River comments.

 

Maple Root Branch

Ocean

From confluence with Toms River to confluence with Dark Branch

2

1982

 

R, O

See Toms River comments.

 

Maurice River

Cumberland

Shell Pile to 3 miles north of Laurel Lake area

14

1982

 

C

Cultural-(Segment flows through and includes unique buildings and activities related to the oyster harvesting and processing industry.)

 

Mullica River

Atlantic, Camden, Burlington

Great Bay to headwaters

48

1982

 

R, W, H, O

Botanic-(Area includes representatives of all significant features of Pine Barrens natural phenomenon.)

Wild-(Within an area which is the most extensive wildland tract in the Middle Atlantic Seaboard region.)

Recreation-(Unique proximity to significant urban population centers in Philadelphia, Trenton, Camden and Wilmington.)

Historic-(National Register village at Batso.)

 

Musconetcong River

Hunterdon and Warren

From Penwell Mill Impoundment to Bloomsbury Impoundment

14

1995

R

S, R, F, H, C

Outstanding recreational opportunities include: fishing, canoeing, rafting, tubing, swimming, photography and art. The river is also included as a water trail in the NJ Trail Plan. The main stem of the river is a trout maintenance water in a Category I watershed with trout production tributaries. Within the watershed area there are many 18th & 19th century historic sites listed in the National and State Registers.

 

Nacota Creek

Atlantic

Confluence with Mullica to confluence with Mattix

3

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Nantuxent Creek

Cumberland

Mouth to upstream from Newport

6

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Deleware River comments.

 

Nescochague Creek

Atlantic

Confluence with Mullica to Great Swamp Branch and Albertson Brook Branch

5

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Newbolds Branch

Ocean

Confluence with Cedar Creek to headwaters

2

1982

 

H, O

   

Oranoaken Creek

Cumberland

Mouth to headwaters in Bear Swamp

9

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Delaware River comments.

 

Oswego River, East Branch

Burlington

E & W Br. to Sim Place reservoir

12

1982

 

O

   

Oswego River, West Branch

Burlington

E & W Br. to near Rt. 563

13

1982

 

O

   

Passaic River

Morris, Essex

Two Bridges to Rt. 80

8

1982

 

O

Botanic-(Segment flows through a relict marsh and swamp portion of Lake Passaic, the large glacial lake of the Wisconsin period.)

 

Passaic River

Morris, Essex

Cook's Bridge to the Morris Turnpike

5

1982

 

R

Recreation-(Segment is extremely accessible by public roads and is in unique proximity to high concentrations of urban populations within the NY metro area.)

 

Passaic River

Morris

Route 78 to Osborn Mills

6

1982

 

O

Botanic-(Segment is adjacent to the Great Swamp, a National Natural Landmark and National Wildlife Refuge.)

 

Penn Swamp Branch

Burlington

Confluence with Batsto River to headwaters

3

1982

 

S, R, W, H, C, O

See Batsto River comments.

 

Pine Creek

Atlantic

Confluence with Mullica to reservoir below Weekstown

1

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Roberts Branch

Burlington

Confluence with Skit Br. to headwaters

2

1982

 

S, R, W, H, C, O

See Batsto River comments.

 

Salem River

Salem

Salem to 2 miles upstream from Courses Landing

17

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Delaware River comments.

 

Skit Branch

Burlington

Confluence with Batsto to headwaters

3

1982

 

S, R, W, H, C, O

See Batsto River comments.

 

Sleeper Branch

Atlantic

Confluence with Mullica to reservoir below Route 206

5

1982

 

R, W, H, O

See Mullica River comments.

 

Springers Brook

Burlington

Confluence with Deep Run Brook to Indian Mill Brook

4

1982

 

S, R, W, H, C, O

See Batsto River comments.

 

Stow Creek

Salem, Cumberland

Mouth to south of Pickles Mill

14

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Deleware River comments.

 

Toms River

Ocean

Central railroad bridge to the bridge crossing northeast of Cassville

8

1982

 

R, O

Recreation-(One of the most popular canoeable streams within the Pine Barrens.)

 

Tupehocken Creek

Burlington

Confluence with West Branch to headwaters

3

1982

       

Wading River

Burlington

Confluence with Mullica to E & W Branches

11

1982

 

R

   

Wallkill River

Sussex

Hamburg, NJ to the Merrits Island, NY area

14

1982

 

O

See Wallkill River, NY comments.

NY

Webbs Mill Branch

Ocean

Confluence with Chamberlain Branch to headwaters

4

1982

 

H, O

   

West Branch

Burlington

Confluence with Wading River to Tulpehocken Creek

5

1982

       

West Creek

Cumberland& Cape May

Mouth to Pickle Factory Pond

5

1982

 

S, R, G, F, W, H, C, O

See Deleware River comments.