site of Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach
Island in Ocean County was regarded as one of the most crucial
"change of course" points for coastal vessels. Vessels
bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline
depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending
from the shoreline. The swift currents, shifting sandbars,
and the offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the
most experienced sailor. The park is included as a maritime
site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail.
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 to 4:30
Interpretive Center hours:10 to 4pm -weekends only
Lighthouse Hours: open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Fee: $3 per person
ages 12 and older; $1 per person ages 6 to 11; children under 5 free
Fees are in effect beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
The lighthouse does close due to inclement weather.
Orr at the shore with Old Barney!
The beloved Barnegat Lighthouse is shining again, as it was illuminated on January 1, 2009 - exactly 150 years to the day that it was originally lit in 1859. Thanks to the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse, the nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and promoting the park, funds were raised to purchase a new Coast Guard-approved lens. The new light creates a single beam that can be visible for up to 22 nautical miles. In 1927, the original lens was removed, and was replaced by a lightship anchored off the coast of Barnegat light. The original lens is still on display down the road at the Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Society's Museum.
A panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, and Long Beach Island awaits visitors at the top of Barnegat Lighthouse. The lighthouse is open daily from 10 AM to 4:30 PM (weather permitting) from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
There is a $3 fee per person to enter the lighthouse from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Children ages 6 to 11 are $1 and children ages 5 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors can also catch the views from the top without climbing the 217 steps thanks to four cameras that transmit live images of the view to a display in the adjacent Interpretive Center.
|Barnegat Lighthouse Interpretive Center
The “Story of Barnegat Lighthouse” is showcased in the newly renovated Interpretive Center at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, which is adjacent to the lighthouse. The Interpretive Center depicts the history of Barnegat Lighthouse from shipwreck, to first class seacoast light.
Images and stories recount the vision of Lieutenant George G. Meade; the evolution of lighthouse technology; and the specific duties of Barnegat Lighthouse's keepers. A large panel entitled “Save Barnegat Light” focuses attention on efforts of the local community and federal, state and local governments to protect the lighthouse from erosion and ultimate destruction.
Visitors can learn about the changing nature of the coastline and the natural environment that surrounds the lighthouse, including Barnegat Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the maritime forest. A gallery of historic photographs provides a glimpse of life at a lighthouse on the Jersey Shore in bygone days. These images portray the lure of the bay and the many ways people have used and enjoyed the resources of this region. For the hours of operation, please call the park office at 609-494-2016.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park invites you to participate in our array of Interpretive programs offered at the park. These programs are offered free of charge and begin in the Interpretive Center unless otherwise noted. In case of inclement weather, you are urged to contact the park office to determine if a program has been cancelled or scheduled.
Special Use Permit Application
Special Use Permit Application Package
A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents. A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.
When school buses or groups are planning to use the picnic area or visit the lighthouse, please contact the park office in advance.
A Special Use Permit is required for wedding ceremonies. A 30 day advance notice is needed. Please contact the park office for wedding guideline application.
One of the last remnants of maritime forest
on Long Beach Island is found at Barnegat Lighthouse State
Park. The forest, which is dominated by Black Cherry, Sassafras,
Eastern Red Cedar, and American Holly, is an important resting
and feeding area for migratory birds on their long journey
to and from their breeding sites. The Maritime Forest Trail
is a 1/5-mile long, self-guided loop trail through this unique
Saltwater anglers have access to the bulkhead
along the picnic area where they can catch striped bass, bluefish,
weakfish, summer flounder, tautog, winter flounder, and black
sea bass. A 1,033-foot concrete walkway with handrails on
top of the south jetty provides fishing access for people
with disabilities. The picnic areas are also accessible for
people with disabilities.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is an excellent area to observe many species of birds during the spring and fall migrations. A New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife program provides seasonal fencing of critical nesting areas on the beach adjacent to the park. This provides protection for certain endangered beach nestings birds and opportunities for observation.
The park also is a great location for viewing wintering waterfowl such as red-breasted mergansers, common eiders and harlequin ducks. The park sponsors several waterfowl viewing programs thoughout the winter. Call the park office at (609) 494-2016 for the curent schedule.
The Maritime Forest Trail in a 1/5-mile long, self-guided loop through one of the last remnants of maritime forest in New Jersey. The forests, which is dominated by black cherry, sassafras, eastern red cedar and American holly, is an important resting and feeding area for migratory birds on their long journey to and from their breeding sites.
Picnic tables are located along Barnegat Inlet where visitors
can picnic, relax, and observe the waterway. Two picnic shelters
with tables are also provided for picnicking. Visitors who
enjoy sunbathing and fishing can picnic on the sand along
the jetty. Fires, propane stoves, and alcoholic beverages
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
|Access for Persons with Disabilities
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park facilities are partially accessible for people with disabilities. On top of the south Jetty, a 1,033-foot concrete walkway with handrails provides access for people with disabilities. The Lighthouse base and Interpretive Center also are accessible to people with disabilities. A wheel chair is available for use while in the park. Please contact the park office for further information regarding disability access needs. Text telephone (TT) users, call the New Jersey Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.
• New Jersey Coastal
Heritage Trail Route
• New Jersey Lighthouse
• Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse
(Frequently Asked Questions)
steps are in the Lighthouse?
|How tall is the Lighthouse?
||172 feet above
|When is the best time
of year to view migrating waterfowl?
||May and October
|When is the best time of year to go
fishing in the Park?