“Where can I launch an inflatable boat?” is a question I get asked every now and then here at round valley fishing and every time it makes my heart skip a beat. Invariably the ‘boat’ in question turns out to be some flimsy vinyl thing intended for a pool or pond, not the rugged three chambered inflatable vessels allowed by New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Typical Inflatable Boats:
This is a rugged three chambered inflatable boat constructed of tough 1000 Denier material. The gunwale sits high above the waterline and is suitable for Round Valley nice windless days.
This is also a three chambered boat, however the hull material is only 20 gauge vinyl and the gunwaled sits low on the waterline. While technically legal, this is NOT a safe boat for Round Valley.
This is a two chambered inflatable boat constructed of 14 gauge vinyl. This is illegal for use on Round Valley Reservoir and stupid dangerous to boot.
Boat Launch Areas:
See all three launch points marked on our google Round Valley Map or in the image below.
A public boat launch is located north of the day use area, which is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. This area is commonly referred to as the fisherman’s boat launch or fisherman’s parking lot. There are two docks at this launch point for larger boats. Smaller, non-trailered boats can be launched from the sandy areas between and around the docks.
A Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit must be obtained through the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to access the reservoir at the public boat launch, OR a copy of your fishing, hunting or trapping license must be placed on the dash board of your vehicle.
Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, motor boats (up to 10 horsepower) and three chambered inflatable vessels are permitted on the reservoir.
FYI, boats over 12 feet in length must be registered through the Motor Vehicle department. NJ Boating Rules & Regulations pertain to Round Valley Reservoir at all times. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PfD).