Cedar Bridge Fire Tower
US 248, NJ 10

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 248, NJ 10 (view other lookouts in United States, New Jersey)
Date Registered December 15, 1997
Location Ocean County, New Jersey
Coordinates N 39° 50.380' W 074° 22.836' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 50' 23" W 074° 22' 50"
N 39.839667° W 074.380600°
Elevation 177 ft (54 m)
Administered by New Jersey Forest Fire Service
Cooperators New Jersey Forest Fire Service


The original Cedar Bridge Fire Tower was built seven miles south of the present location in 1924. It was moved three more times, coming to the present site on County Route 539 in 1983. The 100’ International Derrick steel tower with 7’x7’ metal cab has an unusual wooden gable roof. This is due to the fact that the tower fell over years ago and the original roof was heavily damaged. The NJ Forest Fire Service replaced the roof themselves, with a more traditional peaked roof (we thank John Bensch for this additional information). The tower is still in active service.


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Visit Reports

December 8, 2004: J. Bensch


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Tower needs a fresh repaint in the N.J. red and white scheme.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? Old mattresses dumped by tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Wood carved signs could use fresh paint. Tower is fenced in and has locked gate.


Staffed? Sometimes
Usually manned during fire seasons.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
Tower is active and is maintained by the N.J. DEP Forest Fire Management Service. Unkown if vol. help would be allowed.