Your Public Access Along the Hackensack River
Welcome aboard! As conditions improve along the Hackensack River, your recreational opportunities improve as well. Activities like fishing, boating, paddling, walking and birding are just some of the things you can do on and along the river. HACKENSACK RIVERKEEPER is the leading advocate fighting for your right of access to the river, the shoreline and the wetlands of the watershed. With those rights come responsibilities so PLEASE be sure to leave nothing but your footprints or your wake. If at any time you encounter a violation or pollution problem that requires a professional response, please contact the HACKENSACK RIVERKEEPER WATERSHED WATCH HOTLINE at 1-877-CPT-BILL (1-877-278-2455).
See you on the River!
Captain Bill Sheehan,
The Hackensack Riverkeeper
P.S. Click here for a Tide Chart for the river
RIVER EDGE - KENNETH B. GEORGE PARK on Riverside Way features a boat ramp suitable for launching and recovering canoes, kayaks, rowboats and small boats with outboard motors at high tides ONLY. Further south, HISTORIC NEW BRIDGE LANDING, located at the confluence of the Hackensack River and Van Saun
Mill Brook, offers riverside views, fishing from the old bridge and tours of the
NEW MILFORD - NEW MILFORD WOODS, located at the end of River Lane, was purchased by the Borough in 2001 with NJ Green Acres and Bergen County Open Space funds. The undeveloped park contains woods, wetlands and approximately a quarter mile of open shoreline and is open for walking, birdwatching and fishing.
TEANECK - The HACKENSACK RIVER GREENWAY THROUGH TEANECK is a 3.5mile long linear park running south from BRETT PARK, through the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University to Terhune Park. Nearby ANDREAS PARK features a pond and several fishing spots along the riverbank. Access is from River Road. The TEANECK CREEK CULTURAL PARK is under development by the Teaneck Creek Conservancy along that tributary of Overpeck Creek. Call 201-836-2403 for more details.
HACKENSACK - HACKENSACK RIVER COUNTY PARK is accessible from Riverside Square Mall and offers opportunities for walking, birdwatching and fishing from the trails, observation areas and fishing docks located there. JOHNSON PARK, located just north of the Anderson St. Bridge,
is a good spot to launch a canoe or kayak, and will eventually be linked by a River Walkway to FOSCHINI PARK, a popular fishing spot and
another good place to launch. The NEW JERSEY NAVAL MUSEUM, featuring the USS LING, a Balao-class World War II submarine, is located just north of the Court Street Bridge and is open for tours (call 201-342-3268). Planned to run the length of the Hackensack waterfront, completed sections of the Walkway are located adjacent to COSTCO and SHOP RITE along River St.
RIDGEFIELD PARK - WATERSIDE PARK is located on the river adjacent to the DPW on Industrial Ave. It features a small floating dock from which canoes and kayaks may be launched. This park is the homeport of the Wanda Canoe Club. Excellent birding can be had in the Ridgefield Park section of OVERPECK CREEK COUNTY PARK. Enter at the end of Challenger Boulevard.
LEONIA/TEANECK - Here, the largest unit of OVERPECK CREEK COUNTY PARK, located on both sides of Fort Lee Road, provides plenty of fishing access, walking and birdwatching opportunities including Hackensack Riverkeeper's Paddling Center.
LITTLE FERRY - LOSEN SLOTE STATE PARK, located along a tributary of the Hackensack River, is open year-round for walking and birding and can be accessed behind the playground on Mehrhof Road. The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) maintains the MEHRHOF POND NATURE TRAIL in one of the last remnant woodlands in the southern Bergen County for organized group tours. TRUE WORLD MARINE, located on the River at Industrial Rd., builds and sells sportfishing boats and maintains a small marina there. Nearby, TRACEY'S NINE MILE HOUSE offers riverfront dining and the opportunity for boaters to "dock and dine".
RIDGEFIELD - The Hendrix Causeway, near the PSE&G power plant, offers another area on Overpeck Creek that can be easily fished.
CARLSTADT - River Barge Park on Outwater Lane, open daily 8AM to Sunset, features a marina and public boat ramp.
It is owned and managed by the NJ Meadowlands Commission.
SECAUCUS - MILL CREEK POINT PARK, located at the end of Mill Ridge Road., offers picnicking, fishing and a place to launch canoes, kayaks and other small vessels.
The trailhead of the 1.5-milelong MILL CREEK MARSH TRAIL is located adjacent to
Bob's Discount Furniture at the Mill Creek Mall.
Two hotels located on the River at Meadowlands Pkwy, the RED ROOF INN and EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, feature marinas and
(fee) public boat ramps.
LAUREL HILL COUNTY PARK, located on the River at the end of New County Rd., offers easy boat access to the SAW MILL CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA. The Park is the homeport for HACKENSACK RIVERKEEPER ECO-PADDLES (call 201-920-4746) which rents canoes and kayaks on weekends from April thru October, and the HACKENSACK RIVERKEEPER ECO-CRUISE PROGRAM, (call 201-968-0808) which offers 2½ hour guided naturalist trips on the river and through the marshes of the Meadowlands. The park also boasts two floating docks.
LYNDHURST - Located at the end of Valley Brook Avenue, the headquarters of the NJMC features the MEADOWLANDS ENVIRONMENT CENTER and DEKORTE PARK. Catch and release fishing is allowed in designated areas at DeKorte Park. Several miles of trails wind around the Kingsland Impoundment and though various marsh and upland habitats for hiking and wildlife viewing. From here you can access the western section of the SAW MILL CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA via the MEADOWS PATH. The birding is excellent but fishing and boating are prohibited. The ENVIRONMENT CENTER features interactive museum displays.
NORTH ARLINGTON - HARRIER MEADOW, a cooperative marsh habitat restoration project between the NJMC and DUCKS UNLIMITED is open for tours given by NJMC ENVIRONMENT CENTER staff. Call 201-460-8300 for details.
KEARNY - From the GUNNEL OVAL RECREATION AREA off Schuyler Avenue, people can access WEST KEARNY MARSH, a rare freshwater wetland within the typically brackish Meadowlands, for canoeing and kayaking. The NJMC and local paddling clubs often sponsor canoe trips through the marsh.
BAYONNE - While actually on Newark Bay, THE SIXTEENTH STREET BOAT RAMP is centrally located to allow for cruising either up the Hackensack River or into New York Bay and beyond. The ramp is located at a public park but fees apply. Season passes are available. Call the BAYONNE PARKS DEPT. at 201-858-6070 for details.
WHEREVER YOU GO, BE SURE TO HAVE FUN AND PLEASE BE CAREFUL!
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT ARE ALLOWED ON THE RIVER
BUT MEADOWLANDS CREEKS ARE NO WAKE ZONES.
OPERATING OFF-ROAD VEHICLES ON ANY PUBLIC LAND
IS ILLEGAL ANYWHERE IN NEW JERSEY!
THE HACKENSACK RIVER IS A CATCH-AND-RELEASE
FISHERY. FISH ONLY FOR FUN AND NOT FOR FOOD!
BECAUSE OF HISTORIC CONTAMINATION, CRABBING IS
ILLEGAL IN THE HACKENSACK RIVER.
REMEMBER TO RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY AND TO
OBEY ALL SAFETY RULES AND REGULATIONS!
Marinas and Boat Clubs|
HACKENSACK RIVER CANOE & KAYAK CLUB
PO Box 369
Bogota, NJ 07603
MAJESTIC BOAT CLUB
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
RED ROOF INN
15 Meadowlands Pkwy
Secaucus, NJ 07094
LITTLE FERRY MARINA|
120 Industrial Ave.
Little Ferry, NJ 07643
GOLF CENTER & MARINA
1 Paterson Plank Rd.
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
RIVER BARGE PARK
260 Outwater Lane
Carlstadt, NJ 07075
County and State Agencies|
BERGEN COUNTY PARKS DEPT.
1 Bergen County Plaza, 4th Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601
NJ MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION
1 DeKorte Park Plaza
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
HUDSON COUNTY PARKS DEPT.
1031 Kennedy Blvd.
Bayonne, NJ 07002
NJ DIV. OF FISH & WILDLIFE
PO Box 400
Trenton, NJ 08625-0400