Important Bird Areas

Metedeconk River Basin

New Jersey

This site includes Ocean County Park and the floodplain of the Metedeconk River. The North and South Branch of the Metedeconk River join at Forge Pond where the river widens before opening into the Barnegat Bay. It contains both fresh and saltwater portions. Wild rice can be found in some areas, which is a valuable resource for breeding and migratory waterfowl.

Ornithological Summary

Conservation Concern ? State-special Concern: Great Blue Heron (B)

Significant Congregations-Exceptional Single Species Concentration: Great Blue Heron (B)

Conservation Issues

Development pressure on privately-owned land and recreational overuse of Ocean County Park property are potential threats. Birds nesting near the park entrance are prone to disturbance. Sections of the river and surrounding estuary habitat are protected as part of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge because of the importance of the river to migratory birds and waterfowl


Owned By: Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation
1198 Bandon Road
Toms River, NJ
08753 Phone: (732) 506-9090


Primarily nontidal wetlands; tidal wetlands near approach to Barnegat Bay