Walking the Manasquan Reservoir
Recently I was at the Manasquan Reservoir. Even with the number of times I tried to spell it writing the post, I’ve struggled! The Manasquan Reservoir has plenty of recreational activities including fishing and boating, wildlife and habitat protection. Plus there are nature programs, exhibits, multi media presentations, wildlife, and habitat protection. It’s a great spot for schools and community groups. I’ve never seen a bald eagle at Manasquan Reservoir but there are many reports of them hanging out at the wildlife observation areas.
Anyway, the perimeter loop at the 770-acre Reservoir is 5 miles and it’s a scenic, flat loop with views of the reservoir and Manasquan River. You can run or walk, whatever you’re feeling like. It took me about 2 hours to walk the Manasquan Reservoir but I was taking my time and seeing what I saw. Manasquan Reservoir would be a fairly nice loop to run or even do a workout on. Why didn’t I run? I was catching up with a couple of people and it was a cross training day. I would come back and run the Manasquan Reservoir.
The Manasquan Reservoir is an easy hike or walk, but there is always a view along the way. Plus, I saw people riding horses which I haven’t seen in a while. I parked near the boat ramp and just walked around that way.
The Manasquan Reservoir Park has about 1,200 acres which include the reservoir itself plus the surrounding forests and wetlands. While it was cold when we were out, you can boat or fish at the reservoir too.
The Manasquan Reservoir is well marked with plenty of signs. It’s next to impossible to get lost (believe me, if there is a way to get lost, I will)
A few bridges at the beginning of the Manasquan Reservoir
The water wasn’t frozen over but the tree branches had their fair share of icicles at Manasquan Reservoir
Much of the path is easy, crushed, gravel at Manasquan Reservoir
A pack of deer right next to me. They were tame and didn’t care…
The final section Manasquan Reservoir goes by road. It’s not more than 1/2 mile though.
In all, it was a beautiful but cold adventure. I like the Manasquan reservoir and I want to come back and run.
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