Coates Bar, Rancocas River

Summary of Coates Bar and Rancocas River dredging. Coates Bar was once found at the entrance of Mill Creek on the Rancocas. Mile 25 enjoys a fascinating history. This is where tides run rapid and at full force. West of Willingboro, Rancocas shoals can emerge aggressively, as tidal action tend to accentuate given ever-closer proximity to the Delaware River.

The beach at Mill Creek Park has become an informal landing for PWC and other vessels. The beach is also used by Willingboro residents for fishing, paddling access and relaxation along the creek. It’s a mere 5-minute walk from Mill Creek ‘s parking lot (for free!) along the marl-shelf overlooking one of the most expansive viewsheds between the Delaware River and the confluence of the Creek’s north and south branches. At low-tide, the Willingboro Flats offer welcome refuge to sandpipers, herons, hawks, eagles, and the occasional seal (and, of course, much more).

The Coates Bar Booklet is undergoing some editing. US Army Corps of Engineer reports of tide-water creeks and rivers of the late 1800s is available online. All the archival photos and accompanying discussion taking place is quite informative. Click here for the “in-development” booklet. Please note that the “cut and barge” diagram will be repositioned.

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