I have been meaning to check into this area myself. So, being the super-sleuther that I like to be, I've done a little homework for the greater good.
If anyone wants more details other than specified below...feel free to contact me.
West of the GSP:
From the centerline of the River...the natural/riparian area north of the Swimming River is owned by Middletown Township and the south side of the River is owned by the Boro of Tinton Falls. Simplified tax record use codes indicates either LAKE (Middletown) or PARK (Tinton Falls) - common codes for natural areas.
East of the GSP:
Within Tinton Falls...Pine Brook drains into the Swimming River (flowing from south to north). The natural/riparian area on either side of Pine Brook from approximately 750 feet upstream of Riverdale Ave. heading downstream to the confluence with the Swimming River AND running a bit upstream and downstream (where the River bends North) along the Swimming River (note: still within Tinton Falls - not Middletown) is owned by NJDEP. A simplified tax record use code indicates PARK. Other NJDEP records, namely the NJDEP GIS mapping data layer for NJ open space indicates that the land is the "Swimming River Natural Area".
Regarding Natural Areas...According to NJ Administrative code 7:5A-1.9 Interim management practices:
"19. Public use of natural areas shall be allowed only to the extent and in a manner that will not impair natural features; the administering agency may restrict access and use as necessary to protect the natural area. The following are permissible public uses of natural areas:
i. Hunting, trapping, and fishing are permitted in accordance with 7:25-5 and 7:25-6; except for the stocking of fish and game, habitats may not be manipulated for the purpose of enhancing hunting, trapping, or fishing;..."
Other rules may apply, so I would check with the NJDEP to be safe. FYI...I'm going to check with them cuz I want to know.
Practically speaking...it appears as if there are two pockets of potentially huntable land in the vicinity barring any municipal codes against hunting.
1. The smaller of the two is on the west side (which will be closing in a few days- North Zone). However, this is a very small pocket due to residential on either side of the River.
2. The other would be the Natural Area but upstream of Riverdale Ave is a bit sketchy because of the road itself and residential homes; effectually no shot angles in my opinion.
The area downstream of Riverdale Ave could be promising.
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