Fortescue, New Jersey

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Fortescue, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Fortescue is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey
Fortescue is located in New Jersey
Fortescue is located in the US
Location in Cumberland County (Inset: Cumberland County in New Jersey)
Coordinates: 39°14′15″N 75°10′18″W / 39.23750°N 75.17167°W / 39.23750; -75.17167Coordinates: 39°14′15″N 75°10′18″W / 39.23750°N 75.17167°W / 39.23750; -75.17167
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cumberland
Township Downe
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
ZIP code 08321
GNIS feature ID 0876423[1]

Fortescue is an unincorporated community located within Downe Township, in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States.[2] The community is located on the state's southern coast, on Delaware Bay. It has a population of about 400.

During the late 1970s and mid 1980s, Fortescue experienced the best fishing it had ever seen. Anglers were catching massive amounts of weakfish every summer. Fortescue is the self-proclaimed "weakfish capital of the world".[3]

Fortescue is part of the Fortescue State Wildlife Management Area which covers 1,311.92 acres (530.92 ha).[4]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Fortescue has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]


  1. ^ "Fortescue". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  2. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed June 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Natural, Undisturbed Beauty of Nature, Right Here in the Northeast Corridor, accessed April 5, 2007. "Fortescue is also host to one of the East Coast's most popular fishing tournaments, the Fortescue Weakfish Tournament. Fortescue is known as the weakfish capital of the world."
  4. ^ Fortescue Wildlife Management Area, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlige. Accessed June 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Fortescue, New Jersey