Great Egg Harbor Bay, Somers Point

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Great Egg Harbor Bay (or Great Egg Harbor) is a bay between Atlantic and Cape May counties along the southern New Jersey coast. The name derives from Dutch explorer Cornelius Jacobsen May's description of the plentiful birds laying eggs, naming the waters Eyren Haven, which translates to Egg Harbor in English. The bay has a total area of 8.5 sq mi (22 km2). Its depth ranges from shallow waters in the southern extension, called Peck Bay, to a 33 ft (10 m) deep channel.

The Great Egg Harbor River and its 17 tributaries empty into the bay. During the Sangamonian interglacial period, the Great Egg Harbor River existed as a delta that covered much of southern Cape May County. Over time, the waterway shifted its course, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at the Great Egg Harbor Inlet between Ocean City and Longport. In the eastern periphery, the bay measures 5.0 mi (8 km) along the coast, bordered by Ocean City on the east.
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  • Great roads with great and night. See the boardwalk lights at night and blue waters and boats during day. See Atlantic city in the foreground to the North.  more »
  • Great bay. Excellent access to the Atlantic Ocean. Weather was fantastic for this trip and, oh, by the way; so was the fishing. Flounder city!!!!!!!  more »
  • Just a beautiful place to go and chill!! Much wildlife and scenery to see! Picture taking and bird watching too.
  • Great place to be outdoors snd enjoy wildlife

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