Quarry pools/clay pits/sand mines in NJ

Discussion in 'Recreation' started by deathproof13, May 19, 2012.

  1. deathproof13 New Member

    Member Since:
    May 19, 2012
    Location:
    mount laurel
    A few friends of mine and I have been searching for quarry pools/clay pits/sand mines that are safe to swim in. Anyone know of any?
    We noticed a huge one on Google Earth off Woodmansie Road (I know the name of this site has been mentioned before, but it has slipped my mind...) and decided to check it out. We got to the entrance, heard construction vehicles and decided to find another entrance so we wouldn't be seen by any of the workers. This didn't work out very well since all the other paths that led to the site were blocked off with sand dunes. We decided to keep driving and ended up at Hidden Lakes/Old Halfway. There's two of them, correct? We were at the most eastern one.
    Are there any other sites like these that are safe to swim in? My friends want to go back to that huge quarry I mentioned earlier, but I find that to be a bad idea since it's still in operation and there's a good chance we might get caught and fined. Last summer I tried to head down to the one off of Burrs Mill road near rt70, but I couldn't even continue driving down the road cause it was blocked by state trooper cars.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated, thankyou!
  2. Boyd Piney

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    Jul 31, 2004
    Location:
    Ben's Branch, Stephen Creek
  3. manumuskin Piney

    Member Since:
    Jul 20, 2003
    Location:
    millville nj
    it sounds like you were at the woodmansie pit that they are still working.if you take sooy road north from route 72 it will take you to those two pits without encountering any working pits at all.Of course if your caught you will be fined.it is not legal to swim anywhere on state wma as can be seen by reading the signs.The most likely time to get caught would be a weekend since thats when most folks hit the water but I doubt you will get caught out there.By the way have you signed up for your annual "Flatulence Permit" required by the state of NJ before expelling gaseous waste?
  4. deathproof13 New Member

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    May 19, 2012
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    mount laurel
    I sense some shade in that post...
  5. manumuskin Piney

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    Jul 20, 2003
    Location:
    millville nj
    shade???is that a euphimism for sacrcasm? If so you have read me correctly.
    Are you death proof because your 13? When I was 13 I was immortal also,now I have joined the world of mortals.Your post would seem to put you at more of a mortal age anyway,most seem to pass into mortality around age 30,I actually made it closer to 40.Problem is even though I admit to eventual death now I still believe I'm coming back:) Still sorta deathproof after all I guess:)
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  6. deathproof13 New Member

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    May 19, 2012
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    mount laurel
    I was born on the 13th and it's been a lucky # of mine ever since. I'm 22 btw. And Death Proof is the name of a Quentin Tarantino film. I'm pretty sure in my original post I made a mention of myself driving, so I can't really see how a 13 yr old is able to drive (well it's possible, just not legal ;) )
  7. deathproof13 New Member

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    May 19, 2012
    Location:
    mount laurel
    But back to the original topic, are there any other holes like Old Halfway around the pine barrens?
  8. Teegate Administrator

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    Sep 17, 2002
  9. manumuskin Piney

    Member Since:
    Jul 20, 2003
    Location:
    millville nj
    I tend to find myself swimming in places I'm not supposed to be,don't know how it happens but there I am an outlaw swimmer.One thing i don't do is throw beer bottles into my swimmin hole or any other trash for that matter.It never seems to be the drunken A-Holes that throw the bottle into the pond that get cut but someone else.Alcohol and swimming don't go together anyway.I had a friend that found out the hard way in 78 at age 14.It was his last swim.What the hell was he doin drikin at that age anyway?And skippin school too.In any case if we knew you weren't a swimmin hole trasher you'd probably get more locations.
    BY the way those aerials are a great way to find all sorts of neat places in the pines.Pan down near the delaware bay and you'll find more blue holes then you van ever see.Hint.If their bright blue they are probably no longer in use.If their turquoise color they are probably being used and kept stirred up.Check for booms out in the water and tipples alongside the pond.
  10. Ben Ruset Administrator

    Member Since:
    Oct 12, 2004
    Location:
    Asbury Park, NJ
    Some free, safe and legal places to swim in the Pines:

    Harrisville Lake
    Hawkin's Bridge
    Pakim Pond (maybe)
    These abandoned bogs (dunno how deep it is, or if I would swim in it myself...)

    Not Free:
    Atsion Lake

    Questionable:
    Cedar Creek at Double Trouble
  11. Gibby Piney

    Member Since:
    Apr 4, 2011
    Location:
    Trenton
    Borrow, mooch, beg, scrounge, or buy a kayak/canoe and go have a blast in any moving water you can find! There are no headaches if you choose this route. What can be said if you "tip" your boat???;)
  12. manumuskin Piney

    Member Since:
    Jul 20, 2003
    Location:
    millville nj
    I think the illegality of blue hole dippin adds spice to the dip.Nothing like diving in a blue hole,then again the barrens streams stay cooler longer and the tannic water is so much silkier,diving kinda sucks in it though.
  13. bushwacker New Member

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    May 18, 2009
    Location:
    port republic
    constable bridge on the mullica behind batso is a fine swimming hole.
    there are a load 4x accessable beaches between constable and pleasant mills.
  14. manumuskin Piney

    Member Since:
    Jul 20, 2003
    Location:
    millville nj
    a very nice beach on the wading also just downstream from maxwell on the starboard side heading downstream.you can also drive to it through maxwell.not real deep there though.If you go down to beaver branch the channel is about seven feet deep.

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