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Old 06-24-2014, 09:56 AM
Location: NJ
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My family is coming to Fenwick Island to vacation for a week in July - we are staying in a bayfront condo by Catch 54 and we are bringing our 22 ft pontoon boat. After some phone calls and research online, it seems we should not have too many issues in the Little Assawoman bay or Assawoman bay, but I have some questions -
We have been told the conditions are not terrible and on a bad day, the worst it could get is 2 foot swells in the bay. Does this sound accurate for anyone that lives there or has been boating there? I have also been told to stay north of the Rt 90 bridge due to it can get a little rougher and more traffic. We were thinking about heading down to Assateague possibly one day - but I know we will need to pass the Ocean inlet - how are the conditions down there typically? I am talking about a 'normal' day - not super windy or bad weather. We currently boat on a very busy lake in North NJ so we are used to dealing with tons of boat traffic. I am more concerned with not knowing the conditions there- we will keep our tide chart handy as well - but want to hear from real people too! Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:20 PM
Location: Ocean View, DE
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I have been kayaking the Assawoman and Little Assawoman Bays for the past few years. It's rarely ever rough--worst I've seen is close to two foot swells when a sudden storm popped up. And that's rare. It just tends to be calmer than Rehoboth and Indian River. However, it's pretty shallow....but that won't be much of a concern with a pontoon boat. I've seen some boats become stuck though. Nonetheless, it's a great place to relax and enjoy some boating or fishing.

Yes, stay north of the route 90 bridge. It is rough past the bridge and people tend to act reckless past that bridge. I have kayaked Assateague as well--VERY calm and pleasant--but we just drove to the park and launched the kayaks. It's very scenic too, with all the birds and wild ponies. Never been in the water near the inlet though.

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:30 AM
Location: NJ
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Thank you Beach liz this does help! I'll wait for someone else to respond about the stretch from route 90 past the inlet haha! This does help reinforce we'll be fine - I am a teeny bit nervous since we've never boated anywhere other than our lake here, which can get a little rough on the weekends but we can handle it - sounds like its no worse there. Perfect!!
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