Friday, July 22, 2011

Delaware Bay Kayaking

The Delaware Bay is one the largest estuaries in the Mid Atlantic region. The Delaware Bay is a semi-enclosed body of water where freshwater from the Delaware River mixes with salt water from the Atlantic Ocean. The estuary serves as a vital nursery area for fish, shellfish, birds and other marine life.

The north shore of the bay belongs to the state of New Jersey, while the southern shoreline is occupied by Delaware. Kayakers have plenty of access to the region, including several state parks.

The lower section of the bay is notorious for its dangerous conditions, especially in areas where shoals and deep channels are located in close proximity to each other, causing dangerous rips.

The Delaware Bay is famous for its outstanding fishing, including fisheries for striped bass, seatrout, tautog, sea bass, flounder, croakers, spot and other species. In addition to fishing, kayakers and other boaters enjoy harvests of crabs, clams, mussels and other shellfish.

In winter, outdoor recreation continues. Saltwater fishing remains good in much of the bay. In addition to fishing, winter pastimes include waterfowl hunting, birdwatching, oystering, or simply exploring backwater areas of the estuary.

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