It’s hard not to relax when you’re on a boat. There are no faxes, computers, or interruptions; there is just open water, fresh air, and a sense of freedom and adventure. For boating fun, try Thundergust Lake or Rainbow Lake in Pittsgrove Township, or an excursion on the Delaware River on the Three Forts Ferry. For your convenience, there are public and private boat ramps located throughout the county.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts can enjoy stunning scenery traveling along the beautiful rivers and streams which run through Salem County. For example, the Salem River meanders for 30 miles through some of the most pristine areas in Salem County including the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Mannington Meadows. During your travels keep and eye out as these areas provide a variety of impressive waterfowl and are important feeding and resting areas, particularly during the fall and spring migrations. The gentle waters of Parvin State Park in Pittsgrove Township are another favorite destination for canoeing where you can paddle along Muddy Run through a number of natural areas which in the spring produce bright colors and rich fragrances with blossoming dogwood, laurel, holly, magnolia, wild azalea, and over 200 kinds of flowering plants. Canoe trips on the Maurice River along the Salem and Cumberland County border in Pittsgrove Township are also available. The Maurice (pronounced “Morris”) is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River – a designation that recognizes its ecological significance and rich cultural history.
Salem County is a fisherman’s delight. From the experienced angler to the novice just learning, you will find what you are looking for. With 40 well-stocked lakes and ponds, and dozens of rivers and streams, you are sure to find your own special spot where the “big ones” are biting. Bass, trout, yellow perch, and pickerel are just a sampling of what you will find here.
A lifeguard staffed swimming beach is provided at Parvin Grove, which is located on Parvin Lake. Parking areas, a bathhouse, a first-aid station, canoe rental, and a concession area offering refreshments, novelties, and beach supplies are all conveniently located nearby. Picnic groves with tables and grills and playgrounds are located on either side of the beach. Picnic groves with tables, grills, and playgrounds are located on either side of the beach. In addition, municipal locations and private campgrounds offer hours of safe fun for children of all ages.