Activities at Money Island

Activities in 2020 are limited.

Activities at Money Island Marina are based on the season, the weather and the tides. The marina is open year round. Limited services may be available in wintertime. The boat launch is open 365/24 weather permitting but closed whenever we have ice.

Wind has a great impact on boating activities. We suggest that you call or text before visiting to check on weather and wind conditions in relation to your planned activities.

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Boating: The boat launch is capable of launching almost all trailerable boats through most of the tidal range. Do not attempt to launch within an hour of low tide.

boat launch at Money Island Marina

Rental Boats: CANCELLED FOR 2020. Motorized and manual row rental boats are available for use in Nantuxent Cove and Nantuxent Creek. We have 12 foot aluminum boat with a 6 hp Yamaha four stroke engine and a 12 foot boat with a 2 hp Yamaha engine. Both are suitable for crabbing and fishing for up to 4 people subject to maximum weight loads. Please call in advance to reserve a rental boat. New Jersey law requires a motorized boat operator to complete a state-approved safety course or hold an out-of-state boating license. The rental boat agreement is available online.

Crabbing: Money Island is a “hot spot” for blue claw crabs. We have a number of docks suitable for crabbing. We sell crab bait and have crabbing equipment available for daily rental. Note that New Jersey law requires a license for unattended crab traps.

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Fishing: White perch and eel are the most abundant species around the marina. Striped bass, known locally as “striper”, flounder and bluefish are the primary species sought by local boaters. Weakfish have been plentiful in the past but scarce in recent years. Perch are plentiful and can be caught only feet from the beaches. This is a popular activity with children but it is important to use the correct bait and fish during incoming and outgoing tides. We sell bait, fuel and tackle as well as ice to preserve your catch. Beginners may want to check this excerpt from the NJ DEP’s “Guide to New Jersey’s Saltwater Fishing“.Bruce with fish

Kayaking: The New Jersey Kayaking Association named Money Island as one of the top kayaking destinations in the state. We charge $5 per kayak for the launch, parking and use of the other facilities.

kayaking at Money Island kayak at Money Island

Bird-watching: The New Jersey Audubon Society lists Nantuxent Cove as an “Important Birding Area” on its Web site. Blue heron, eagles and osprey are common year round, flocks of hundred of thousands of snow geese in winter and crowds of red knots and migratory birds in the spring. Check the framed chart of local bird species located in the bait shop.

red knots and shore birds at Money Island
red knots and shore birds at Money Island

Horse shoe crabs: We wouldn’t have guessed it but horse shoe crab rescues have become a popular spring and summer activity. Thousands of horseshoe crabs crawl onto our beaches and roads and some, unfortunately, do not find their way beck to the water unless they happen to get a little human help. horseshoe crabs in surf

Shell collecting: Shells tend to be most numerous after a storm and are easily seen at low tide.


Pet walking: Money Island Marina is recognized as a “pet friendly” business. Let your dogs run on our beach and enjoy a swim in the cove. A pet water bowl is located under the deck sink and we serve pet treats at the bait shack.

Coffee: The marina deck is an excellent place to begin the day with a peaceful view and friendly conversation. We serve locally roasted Kaffe Magnum Opus brand coffee.

Suggestions and other information:

Bugs: Bugs serve as our natural population control. Always be prepared. We sell some bug control supplies in the bait shop. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are preferred during bug season. May flies (aka strawberry flies) begin in May. June is the worst month for bugs. Mosquitoes tend to be well-controlled when the air is moving. We keep fans at the marina deck and bait house for this purpose. In 2013 we are launching a natural (no chemical control) program to control green head flies that was tested by Rutgers University.

Flooding: The road may be flooded at high tide. Water depth on the road at a typical full-moon high tide is about 6 inches and passable in a truck but may be more during spring and fall, king tides or during storms.

Parking: We have plenty of parking on the wide roadway.

Security and Emergency: All activities on the marina property as well as all road and boat traffic in and out of Money Island are recorded for security purposes. Money Island is served by the NJ State Police from the Port Norris barracks at (856) 785-0035.