Patcong Creek Inlet

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Somers Point, New Jersey United States
39° 19' 0.83'', -74° 37' 45.13''
Ocean City
Patcong Creek Inlet
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Patcong Creek is located off Great Egg Harbor Bay about four miles west of Great Egg Harbor Inlet and 13 miles southwest of Atlantic City. Pictured above is a small unnamed creek that breaks off the Patcong Creek above the 15-foot fixed vertical clearance bridge that sets overhead clearance for the creek.

Inside the inlet before and after the bridge are five marina facilities with varying degrees of service. There is only one marinas here with transient space for visiting mariners, but two marinas have heavy lifts for haul-outs and related services.

Navigating the Water:

Use NOAA Chart 12316.

Patcong Creek is reached via an approach from Great Egg Harbor Bay northwest of Drag Island north of Job Point. A 15-foot fixed vertical clearance bridge limits the overhead for many boats, and as such, this creek is popular primarily with smaller power boats and cruisers.

From Great Egg Harbor Bay, first pass under the 50-foot fixed vertical clearance and 14-foot closed vertical clearance bridges south of Drag Island. Once you have cleared the bridges, set a course to the north toward the opening of the creek, keeping in mind that most of the aids to navigation here are uncharted (you will have to look for them as they come).

Once you have sighted the opening of the creek, line up for the center of the 15-foot fixed vertical clearance bridge, and then aim for the marina of your choice. Depths in and around the bridge and marinas range from four to six feet with deeper spots above the bridge.

Local Notices to Mariners:

Local Notices to Mariners are available online from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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