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Corson's Inlet
State Park

Location:
Cape May County

Mailing Address:
Ocean City and Upper Township
c/o Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404

GPS Coordinates
DMS 39° 13’ 01.95” N 74° 38' 46.52" W

Size: 341 acres

Directions:
The park is bisected by scenic Ocean Drive (Cape May County Route 619), connecting Ocean City and Strathmere-Sea Isle City. Ocean City is linked to the Garden State Parkway via southbound and northbound exit 25 (Roosevelt Boulevard-34th Street). Sea Isle City is accessible via the parkway southbound exit 17 or Route 9 northbound to JFK Boulevard. Follow signs to the park.

Facilities & Activities:
  • Boat ramp
  • Hiking trails
  • Interpretive tours
  • Saltwater fishing and crabbing
  • Mobile Sportfishing Program
  • NJ Coastal Heritage Trail
  • Point-of-Interest Site
  • Catamaran boat storage

Trails:

 

 

Corson’s Inlet State Park was established in 1969 to help protect and preserve one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along the state’s oceanfront. The area’s natural habitats are rich in the diversity of its wildlife with primary and secondary sand dune systems, shoreline overwash, marine estuaries and upland areas in which hundreds of wildlife species live and breed. The park offers outstanding scenic beauty and endless opportunities for observing a multitude of migratory and residential wildlife species. Corson’s Inlet is extremely popular for hiking, fishing, crabbing, boating and sunbathing.

Keep Your Park Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Advisory

Due to beachfront erosion we have temporarily suspended the Catamaran Storage Program. Please contact the Belleplain State Forest office at 609-861-2404 for additional information.

Be aware that the beach at Corson's Inlet is inaccessible at high tide. Hurricane Sandy caused severe erosion to the beach. It is suggested you visit the beach to view the conditions before you purchase your permit. Refunds will not be issued due to the existing conditions.

Strathmere Natural Area (98 acres)

An area of undeveloped beachfront and undisturbed sand dunes that serves as a protected nesting site for the endangered Piping Plover, the Least Tern and Black skimmers. Other shorebirds and waterfowl, such as the American Oystercatcher, various species of sandpipers, gulls, herons, sanderlings and ducks can also be observed at certain times of the year. Pets are not permitted in the area during the nesting season.

Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.

Boating

Corson's Inlet provides an excellent opportunity for any type of boating, ranging from canoes to large motor boats, sailboats, sailboards and jet skis. Boating is subject to New Jersey Boating Regulations and Marine Law.

The boat ramp is open 24 hours day, seven days a week year round. There is ramp access for people with disabilities.

New Jersey Resident $12 per launch

Non-Resident $20 per launch

Daily

New Jersey Resident $60

Non-Resident $80

Annual


• Fees are charged at Corson's Inlet beginning on Memorial Day weekend and ending on Labor Day inclusive. Annual launch fee permits are available at the Belleplain State Forest office.

Launch Ramp Permit Information Sheet

Fishing

Be aware that the beach at Corson's Inlet is inaccessible at high tide. Hurricane Sandy caused severe erosion to the beach. It is suggested you visit the beach to view the conditions before you purchase your permit. Refunds will not be issued due to the existing conditions.

Saltwater fishing is subject to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and State Park Service regulations. Information regarding saltwater fishing regulations can be found in the Fish and Wildlife Digest, which is available at local tackle dealers. Corson's Inlet provides excellent opportunities to catch bluefish, kingfish, striped bass and weakfish.

Download an Annual Mobile Sportfishing Permit application: Mobile Sport Fishing Vehicle Annual permit (PDF Format - 187 KB)

Issued decals should be treated as cash.  They will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
The SPS will continue to replace decals only upon presentation of paid receipt and the remnants of old decals, such as scraped off the old vehicle's bumper when someone has bought a new vehicle. The replacement fee is $25.

Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle Permit Information Sheet (PDF Format - 102 KB)

Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle permits to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles on the fishing beaches at Corson's Inlet are also available at the Belleplain State Forest office.

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT FOR A MOBILE SPORTFISHING VEHICLE (MSFV)
 
Permits are issued to 4-wheel drive vehicle owners for fishing purposes only. Carrying the basic equipment listed is required whenever the MSFV is on the beach.
1) Fishing equipment and bait and tackle for each person over 12 years of age;
2) Tire gauge;
3) Spare tire;
4) Workable jack and board/support for jack in sand (3/4 in. x 12 x 12 in. plywood square minimum size)
5) Tow chain or snatch line;
6) Shovel;
7) Flashlight;
8) Fire extinguisher;
9) Auto first aid kit;
10) Litter/trash bag;
11) Minimum of 1/4 tank of fuel.
 
A current tide chart is highly recommended.  Jumper cables for the vehicle's specific battery type are also recommended

NOTE: The beach is closed to vehicles May 15 - September 15.

New Jersey Resident $50.00

Non-Resident $75.00

Annual Permit


Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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Last Updated: September 9, 2014

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