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Encyclopedia > Great Egg Harbor River

The Great Egg Harbor River (known locally as the Great Egg) is a river, approximately 50 mi (80 km) long, in southern New Jersey in the United States. It is one of the major rivers that transverse the largely pristine Pinelands, draining 308 sq mi (790 km²) of wetlands into the Atlantic Ocean at Great Egg Harbor, from which it takes its name.


Description

It rises in the suburbs southeast of Camden near Berlin and flows generally southeast, to the south of the Atlantic City Expressway, entering Great Egg Harbor approximately 5 mi (8 km) southwest of Atlantic City. The lower 10 mi (16 km) of the river provide a navigable estuary as far as Mays Landing. The Tuckahoe River enters Great Egg Harbor just to the south of the mouth of the river.


Before the arrival of Europeans to the area in the 18th century, it was inhabited by Lenape. During the American Revolutionary War, its estuary sheltered privateers. The presence of "bog iron" along the river provided material for cannonballs and led to the construction of blast furances, as well as glass and brick factories, until the middle of the 19th century.


In 1992, the United States Congress designated 129 mi (210 km) of the river and its tributaries as Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River, as part of the National Wild and Scenic River system. It is the largest canoeing river within the Pinelands. The river is noted for its tea-colored "cedar water", the product of the iron and tannin content of the fallen cedar leaves along much of its length. It provides abundant habitat for waterfowl in the region. The fish populations include striped bass and alewife herring.


See also

External links

  • National Park Service: Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River (http://www.nps.gov/greg/)
  • Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association (http://www.greategg.org/)

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Great Egg Harbor Estuary (3731 words)
The Great Egg Harbor River is a 95-kilometer (59-mile) long river that is tidal for its lower 22.5 river kilometers (14 river miles) from the impoundment at May's Landing to its mouth where it joins the Middle and Tuckahoe Rivers at the head of Great Egg Harbor Bay.
Salinities in the Great Egg Harbor River vary with the diurnal (twice-daily) tides and the degree of rainfall, evapotranspiration, and consequent freshwater input.
Eggs and hatchlings are susceptible to predation by raccoons, foxes, and gulls.
Great Egg Harbor River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (388 words)
It is one of the major rivers that transverse the largely pristine Pinelands, draining 308 sq mi (790 kmĀ²) of wetlands into the Atlantic Ocean at Great Egg Harbor, from which it takes its name.
The presence of "bog iron" along the river provided material for cannonballs and led to the construction of blast furnaces, as well as glass and brick factories, until the middle of the 19th century.
Egg Harbor Township: The Great Egg Harbor River
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