New Jersey has approximately 240 rivers, streams and creeks. Each is special in its own way, but some are more spectacular than others. The following 12 truly stand out, whether for their size, popularity, location or other special features. Read on to learn more about our New Jersey rivers and enjoy the incredible photographs!
1. Hudson River
The Hudson River lies on the eastern border of our state, between New York and New Jersey. The 315-mile river starts in the Adirondack Mountains and empties out into the Atlantic Ocean. The southernmost portion of the river is a tidal estuary, where salt and fresh water meet.
2. Delaware River
The Delaware River runs along New Jersey's western border, through NY, NJ, PA, and DE. Beginning in the Catskills, the river runs over 300 miles to the Atlantic Ocean.
3. Passaic River
This 80-mile river in Northern New Jersey has been known to flood. It runs through some of the most industrial areas in the state and offers the spectacular Great Falls.
4. Navesink River
This 8-mile long estuary is a popular spot for boating, swimming, fishing, and crabbing. The neighborhoods along the Navesink are some of the wealthiest in New Jersey.
5. Ramapo River
The 30-mile river runs from Orange County, New York, to Bergen County, New Jersey. The river is a popular destination for fly fishing of trout.
6. Raritan River
Beginning near Bridgewater, this 30-mile river ends in South Amboy. The lovely town of Clinton lies along its banks and it is a major source of drinking water for Central New Jersey.
7. Tuckahoe River
One of the few blackwater rivers in the northeastern United States, the Tuckahoe drains an area of the southern Pinelands and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. It runs approximately 26 miles through Belleplain State Forest and the surrounding towns.
8. Hackensack River
The approximately 45-mile river runs from New York through the New Jersey Meadowlands. In this shot, you can see American Dream in the background - a massive shopping and entertainment venue set to open in 2017. The name of the river comes from the Lenape word Achinigeu-hach, or Ackingsah-sack, meaning flat confluence of streams or stony ground.
9. Manasquan River
According to some, this 26-mile river marks the boundary between North and South Jersey, do you agree? Nienstedt Island, the inspiration for the novel Treasure Island, is located on this river.
10. Rancocas Creek
Over 50 miles long, this creek is navigable for about 10 miles upstream from its mouth before the CR 635 bridge places a barrier to boat traffic. The drawbridge can be opened in an emergency, but it requires manual labor.
11. Mullica River
Once known as Little Egg Harbor River, this 50.6 mile long river is noted as a spawning ground for striped bass. Its estuary on Great Bay is considered one of the least-disturbed marine wetland habitats in the northeastern United States.
12. Great Egg Harbor River
This 55-mile river is one of the major rivers in the Pinelands, and a popular canoeing destination. The river is noted for its tea-colored "cedar water", the product of the iron and tannin content of the fallen cedar leaves along much of its length. The National Park Service considers it one of the top 10 places in North America for birding.
Whether you’re into swimming, boating, fishing, or sightseeing, you can probably enjoy your hobby at one of these 12 amazing rivers! If you have another favorite New Jersey river, please share with me in the comments.