The Manasquan Reservoir is located in Howell, NJ, and is considered the jewel of the Monmouth County Park System. This park offers things to do for every person in your family. You will find picnic areas, over 6 miles of trails for biking/hiking/equestrian, a boat launch, seasonal activities, a nature center, nesting bald eagles, and more.

Trail & Path Info

There is a multi-use trail that follows perimeter ofthe reservoir. It is 5.1 miles in length, and between 8 and 10 feet wide. It is primarily crushed rock, with good drainage... meaning not too much mud. There is a small amount of elevation change as the trail follows the hilly landscape.

You will also find a few smaller trails throughout the park that are for pedestrian use.

Trip Ideas

A Picnic and a Walk

  • On a nice summer afternoon we'll head on over to Rt 9, pick up lunchand head to the park. Specifically, to the main building off Windler Rd (not the nature center).
  • Once there, you can find a a few picnic tables to enjoy your lunch.
  • With full bellies, head out onto the parameter trail for a 5 mile walk/bike ride. We recommend taking the trail counter-clockwise since it feels more comfortable, but just as challenging.

Relaxing next to the fire

  • On a snowy afternoon, when roads are safe for travel, head to the main building off Windler Rd (not the nature center) to "curl up" in front of the fireplace with a good book. The falling snow, ice on the water, and warming fire make for a great afternoon.

Everything else

  • While visiting the park, we would recommend hitting up the nature center for a boat tour or to receive a healthy dose of environmental education.
  • You can also rent a boat (row boat or kayak), for a trip around the reservoir.

Special / Seasonal Events

There are special events throughout the year put on by the Monmouth County Parks department. You will find boat races, walks, education events and more. To view these events, please visit the Monmouth County Park link above.

Picnics / Lunches / Eating

There are a few nice picnic areas found around the park. It would be best to review the map to find them.

Admission & Guidelines

There is no fee to enter the park, trails, or nature center.

There is a fee to use theboat launch (for any boats, kayaks, canoes, etc). Seasonal boat launch passes are available at the park office.

There may be fees for special programs offered by the park system.


You will find multiple parking areas around the park. One can be found off Windler Road. This entrance also brings you to the main boat launch area and main clubhouse where you can rent boats and kayaks. Another lot can be found off Georgia Tavern Rd. This lot gives you direct access to the perimeter trail, and is a favorite place for fishermen to park. The last lot is found near the Nature Center. The entrance to the Nature Center can also be found on Georgia Tavern Rd. See the map for more information on this.

Editor's Note....

We visit the reservoir many many times a year. We'll paddle, bike, walk, explore, watch the animals, take a class, or just relax on a bench overlooking the water. We Highly recommend visiting the reservoir.

Amenities / Features of Manasquan Reservoir:

0-0 Main Categories & Types
Parks and Natural Areas
County Parks
Park (General)
Shopping / Service - Outdoors
Kayak / Canoe / Rowboat Rentals !Kayak and row boat rentals available
Sports And More
Boating Outfitter / Livery
0-0 Special Location and Tour Search Categories
All Activities
Tours / Guides / Trips
Trails / Trail Information
Biking !Around the main loop only, crushed rock trail
Hybrid Bike
Mountain Bike
Bird watching !Many nesting bird, including nesting bald eagles.
Equestrian / Horseback
Hiking !More like walking
Jogging / Running
Paddling - Kayak, Canoe, row boat !Boat launch fees apply. Boat/Kayak rentals available
Paddling - Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)
Playing in the playground
Sight Seeing !Many people enjoy bird watching here
Tours !Ran by the park service
Boat launch !Fees apply
Food / Vending !Vending machines only
Nature / Environmental Center
Park Ranger on duty
Parking Lot(s)
Picnic / Sitting Area
Picnic tables
Playground !These can be found near the main boat rental area
Rec Hall / Multi-Purpose building
Trails !Soe hilly areas. Some flat areas. Very enjoyable.
General Location
New Jersey
General Areas within NJ
Central NJ
Regions (based on tourism)
Shore (Monm, Ocean)
Misc Information
Listing Center: Latitude: 40.1774
Listing Center: Longitude: -74.2069
Record Status: 1.0000
Record Title: Manasquan Reservoir
Special Connections
County Park Systems
Monmouth County Parks
Trails / Trail Information
Surface Type(s)
Crushed rock
Other Destinations found within / connected to Manasquan Reservoir are: Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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