Cattus Island, Toms River, NJ State Park

We found the quietest, most deserted beach today at Cattus Island State Park and in the middle of August at the Jersey Shore, what a complete rarity!  The park had so many trails, an educational center, a park for the kids, picnic areas and a butterfly garden that we didn’t have time to explore, but I wanted to quickly share what we learned about it today so that fine people like yourself might enjoy this neat spot too. 

The park is located off of Fischer Blvd. in Toms River. Take the jug handle on the right, off of Rt. 37 East, 2 traffic lights before the Seaside bridge (officially named the Thomas A. Mathis Bridge) to cross over and travel north on Fischer Blvd. Signs for the park’s entrance are about a mile from the Rt. 37 intersection.

After parking, we walked about a mile on a gravel path to reach the actual beach and although this sounds like a hike, it was shady and leisurely- even pushing a stroller with a toddler, 2 beach umbrellas and a backpack. We enjoyed the walk through the wetlands, with plenty of wildlife to keep us all entertained!

 

Here is a little crabby – amongst MANY that we saw in the shallow waters along the way. 

And there’s a distant view of the new Seaside ferris wheel from here too!

 

Once we reached the 1/4 mile stretch of beach, it was empty!! A few couples came and went, mostly just blazin’ the trails, ha ha ha, and then a few kiddos and their momma with a crab net trying to fish up some jelly fish- and there were plenty of them! But we spent most of the afternoon by ourselves making sandcastles, drawing in the sand and walking around the peninsula seeing what we could.

Drawbacks… greenheads, jellyfish, and the kind, park officer who drove down to make sure we weren’t swimming without a life guard. 

If you just want to chill, undisturbed, on the beach, with your toes in the water and a toddler who is totally content with just playing at the water’s edge, then Cattus Island will make your heart very happy.

Find yourself there at least once this summer and if you have time, enjoy some of the other great things the park has to offer.