All Things Birds
Guide to Birding Treasure Lake

Birding Highlights

Shad in Bloom by Scott BarnesTreasure Lake in Cliffwood, off Rt. 35, is one of the few freshwater ponds close to the shore of Raritan Bay.  This small lake is surrounded by a marsh with a border of woods. 

In winter, check the pond for waterfowl including Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Gadwall, and Hooded Merganser.  The bay here can be good for Common and Red-throated Loons, Horned Grebe, and waterfowl.  During migration, wading birds and passerines can be found around the lake.

NOTE: Pirate's Cove Park and the mouth of Whale Creek are a fraction of a mile down the road, and can easily be combined with a visit to Treasure Lake.



  • Traveling north on Rt. 35 from Exit 117 of the Garden State Parkway, turn right at the Cliffwood Ave. traffic signal.
  • Travel about 0.5 miles and make a left onto West Concourse.
  • In about 0.1 mile, stay straight as West Concourse veers to the right.
  • You are now on Greenwood.  Take Greenwood to its end (about 0.25 miles).
  • Turn right on Lakeshore Dr.
  • After one block, on the right you will see a sign with a picture of binoculars.  NOTE: This sign is damaged, consisting of a crumpled arrow when last checked (4/3/13). This is the trail to Treasure Lake. The road makes a left turn here (becoming Ocean Ave.). There is parking in the playground/park that is another 0.1 mile further, on the left.