bridges are numbered on the map 1-5. Bridges 6,7
were never built, but I believe that they were supposed to connect from
the old coast guard station over to Brigantine, then from Brigantine Inlet
over to Atlantic City.
The 1st bridge is a NJ park, with parking and a small beach area. The
2nd bridge is mainly popular for crabbing on and below this bridge.
The 5th bridge and its environs are popular for fishing.
NOTICE: As of 5/2003 fishing on the bridge itself is prohibited and being enforced by local and state police (fine we are told is $500). You are still permitted to park away from the bridge and fish on the sodbanks, just not on the bridge itself. The 5th bridge crosses Little Sheepshead Creek. Past the 5th bridge at the end of
Great Bay Blvd. is the old coast guard station, used now by Rutgers Marine
Historical tidbits from one of our readers:
"Some people say that the sixth bridge was the one to the coast guard station (not certain ) and the seventh bridge was supposed to cross the bay to Little beach then Brigantine etc! Part of the bridge was started I believe but when I first saw the end of the road about 1958 or so there was just a road of macadam and old pilings dissapearing about 50 ft from where the guard rail now sits. Much of the marsh has regenerated (it does happen) in front of the road.
The Bunker Factory was still in operation and many large tank trailers used the road! Any way if it did become a part of the shore road system Tuckerton Neck would have been a whole different ball and probably a no fishing game, like behind Margate and some other places." ~Big Al Lipshutz