Facility Location: FOBH is physically located on the Shark River Bay at the western end of the L Street Beach where L Street meets NJ Highway Route 35. The FOBH facility is accessed by larger watercraft from the Atlantic Ocean via the Shark River Inlet to the Shark River Bay (commonly referred to as Shark River) and by smaller vessels (depending upon seasons, tides and other conditions) from certain locations in its headwaters. The facility may also be accessed by automobile (Route 18, Interstate 195, the Garden State Parkway, and Route 35), train (NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line), bus (NJ Transit, Academy and Olympic) and bicycle, and nearby metropolitan areas – all accessible by public transportation – include New York, Atlantic City and Philadelphia. More than twenty-six open space/active and passive recreation destinations are short distances from the FOBH facility, as are several sites of national historic significance.
Directly Accessible Channels: The direct access to the FOBH mooring area and docks is by the east/west channel that proceeds from the south fork of the Shark River Inlet canal and passes the Belmar Marina basin to FOBH, then westward to the headwaters. The depth at mean low water is approximately six feet where the channel passes the FOBH facility. West of the FOBH mooring area the channel becomes shallower but remains navigable to small boats and shallow-draft vessels all the way to the Brighton Avenue bridge and across to the Shark River Hills section of Neptune.