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Walking the Manasquan Reservoir

Walking the Manasquan Reservoir

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.

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

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)

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

A few bridges at the beginning of the Manasquan Reservoir

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

The water wasn’t frozen over but the tree branches had their fair share of icicles at Manasquan Reservoir

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

Much of the path is easy, crushed, gravel at Manasquan Reservoir

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

A pack of deer right next to me. They were tame and didn’t care…

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

The final section Manasquan Reservoir goes by road. It’s not more than 1/2 mile though.

manasquan reservoir perimeter trail

In all, it was a beautiful but cold adventure. I like the Manasquan reservoir and I want to come back and run.

You Can See All NJ Hikes Here.

2019 Winter Hikes I’ve Done:

Hiking to the Headley Overlook at Mahlon Dickerson

Questions for you:

What is your favorite season to hike? 

Have you ever come close to a deer? 

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4 responses

  1. That looks so nice. Last year I was living on the north shore of Long Island for a short time and would sometimes see deer along my morning runs. It always felt so crazy to me that there were deer living in my town.

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