During the day, Forge Pond
is comes alive with egrets, blue herons, songbirds, water snakes, swans, box and painted turtles, and huge snapping turtles are plentiful. From the pond, you can paddle under the Route 70 bridge and onto the Metedeconk River (Monmouth|Ocean, New Jersey)
. You can also head up river towards Brick Township, paddling for many miles before the trees/shoreline ground cover blocks your passage. There is a mild tidal current as Forge Pond flows into Barnegat Bay, about 3.5 miles down the narrow river.
Parking is found directly off Rt 70, just south of the Jersey Paddler. There are two small lots that offer cartop and small trailer boat launches.Interesting Fact:
The serene pond area is historically where the Lenni Lenape Indians met and performed their rituals, spring through fall.