The mouth of Whale Creek has mudflats that attract gulls, terns,
and shorebirds year-round. The waters of Raritan Bay are worth
scanning here for loons, grebes, bay ducks, and the occasional
Harbor Seal. The second growth woodlands are breeding sites for
Brown Thrashers and Willow Flycatchers.
NOTE: Treasure Lake, another good birding spot, is a
fraction of a mile from here.
Pirate's Cove is located on the border of Cliffwood Beach and
Laurence Harbor on Ocean Blvd.
From the intersection of Routes 35 and 36 near Garden State
Parkway exit 117, head north on Route 35.
Take the Raritan Blvd. exit off Rt. 35 to the right. This exit
is about halfway between Cliffwood Ave. and Laurence Harbor
In a short block, turn right at the stop sign, onto Ocean Blvd.
In another block, Ocean forks to the left. Continue on Ocean
until you cross Whale Creek.
There is a paved parking lot for about a dozen cars on your left just after the
bridge. (Note: There is no sign labeling this Pirate's Cove.)
Total distance from Rt. 35 is about 0.75 miles.
You can also reach Whale Creek by following the directions to
Treasure Lake. The parking area for Treasure Lake is about 0.1
mile south (east) of Whale Creek.