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Bull's Island Recreation Area

Please be advised that the Feeder Canal towpath will be closed for construction from the northern gate in the Town of Byram to the gate at Warsaw Road. This closure will be from Tuesday, June 9th through Tuesday, June 30th.

The towpath bridge over the Swan Creek in Lambertville is CLOSED due to structural damage.

If heading southbound, visitors are asked to exit the towpath at the Lambertville Municipal Court parking lot and proceed to South Union Street.  Make a right onto South Union and go two blocks.  Make a right onto Mount Hope Street and re-enter the towpath at Cavallo Park.
If heading northbound, visitors are asked to exit the towpath at Cavallo Park and proceed up Mount Hope Street.  Make the first left onto South Union Street, go two blocks and then walk through the City of Lambertville parking area to re-access the towpath.

Corson's Inlet State Park

Due to beachfront erosion we have temporarily suspended the Catamaran Storage Program. Please contact the Belleplain State Forest office at 609-861-2404 for additional information.

Be aware that the beach at Corson's Inlet is inaccessible at high tide. Hurricane Sandy caused severe erosion to the beach. It is suggested you visit the beach to view the conditions before you purchase your permit. Refunds will not be issued due to the existing conditions.

D&R Canal State Park

Please be advised that the Feeder Canal towpath will be closed for construction from the northern gate in the Town of Byram to the gate at Warsaw Road. This closure will be from Tuesday, June 9th through Tuesday, June 30th.

The towpath bridge over the Swan Creek in Lambertville is CLOSED due to structural damage.

If heading southbound, visitors are asked to exit the towpath at the Lambertville Municipal Court parking lot and proceed to South Union Street.  Make a right onto South Union and go two blocks.  Make a right onto Mount Hope Street and re-enter the towpath at Cavallo Park.
If heading northbound, visitors are asked to exit the towpath at Cavallo Park and proceed up Mount Hope Street.  Make the first left onto South Union Street, go two blocks and then walk through the City of Lambertville parking area to re-access the towpath.


Double Trouble State Park

Carriage Road is closed south of White Bridge due to storm damage.

Effective March 28, 2014, the White Bridge Cedar Creek Access location at Double Trouble Village is restricted to walk-in use and livery services holding a valid commercial special use permit.  Canoes and kayaks must be carried to the White Bridge from the Village parking area, a distance of approximately 3/10 of a mile.  Vehicles are no longer permitted to drive through Double Trouble Village.

Hacklebarney State Park

The park office at Hacklebarney is temporarily closed. Information regarding Hacklebarney State Park can be obtained by contacting Spruce Run Recreation Area at (908) 638-8572.

High Point State Park

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has been receiving comments and concerns expressed on the construction work underway by Tennessee Gas Co., LLC (TG) on its northeast upgrade project (NEUP).  Portions of the project are within High Point and Ringwood State Parks as well as on other state lands and areas within Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties.  During the construction period there will be heightened noise level and transporting of heavy equipment to conduct the work.  Any land and/or wildlife disturbance during this period is being carefully monitored by the Department to ensure that TG is following all permit conditions and mitigation measures are fully implemented.  Compliance monitors on site include individuals trained in endangered species identification and relocation.  Additionally, mitigation measures include all areas disturbed must be restored after construction ends.

Hopatcong State Park

LAKE HOPATCONG WEED HARVESTING PROGRAM: Please be advised that the State Park Service (SPS) will commence phase one of the Lake Hopatcong aquatic weed harvesting program on/about June 8, 2015.  Phase one, which is expected to last 3 to 4 weeks, will include River Styx and Crescent Cove, and areas from Bertrand Island south towards King's Cove, the Silver Spring and Logan Falls areas, as well as Hopatcong State Park and Landing areas.  Harvest areas for additional phases will be assessed as phase one nears completion, with d etermining factors to include severity of weed growth, weather, personnel and equipment availability.  It should be noted that designated harvest locations on the lake are subject to change due to weed growth, personnel and equipment availability, weather, and other unforeseen factors.  The public and all interested parties may contact Daniel Bello of the State Park Service, at 973-398-1555, with questions and concerns regarding the Program.

LAKE HOPATCONG DOCK SURVEY - In the Fall of 2014 Professor Lisa Jordan of Drew University and two of her students, Maxwell Dolphin and Daniel Ratyniak, completed a survey of all docks and associated parcels on Lake Hopatcong.  The survey includes such information as dock lengths, parcel lots and blocks, street address, property owner names, etc.  The survey was performed in conjunction with the State Park Service (SPS), and the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. 

The survey is important to the SPS in that it provides baseline data as SPS reviews dock construction permit applications, and for the current dock regulation committee, which is reviewing SPS regulation of dock lengths on the Lake.  Having this baseline data may also prove useful for future applications.

The full report, "A Summary of Docks on Lake Hopatcong", can be accessed at http://www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LHF-Boat-Dock-Inventory-December-2014.pdf  Full access to dock study results is available via website links found on page 11 of the study, though a review of the full report is very valuable.

The SPS thanks Dr. Jordan and her students for such a thorough study, as well as the Lake Hopatcong  Foundation for coordinating the effort.

 

Island Beach State Park

A $3 walk-in fee (free for children under 3-years old) will be assessed for those who enter the park at Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal while lifeguards are on duty. Access to the park by boat is only permitted at the Fisherman’s Walkway bayside access.

The State Park Service is pleased to announce that Island Beach State Park will be opening earlier through the off-season for all our park visitors including birders, hikers, beach walkers and those who may just want to watch the sun rise!  From November 1 through April 30th the park will be open from dawn to dusk for all to enjoy.  The Park opening time will revert to 8:00 am on May 1st.

Liberty State Park

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: Proposed Jersey Avenue Bridge in Liberty State Park to be held on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 5Pm to 8PM at Jersey City - City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302.

Shuttle buses are currently NOT operating in the park until further notice.

The park office and visitor center located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive is now open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The park is open, but the historic CRRNJ Terminal Building and the Nature Interpretive Center Buildings are still closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage.

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Questions regarding trail statuses can be directed to the Ringwood State Park office at (973) 962-2240

Due to a bridge washout, the Hasenclever, Sterling Ridge, and Highlands Trails are partially closed at the Wanaque River. The Sterling Ridge and Highlands Trails are accessible via the Jennings Hollow Trail off East Shore Road. The Hasenclever Trail is accessible from the end of Beech Road.

Approximately a 3/4 mile portion of the Hasenclever Iron Trail is temporarily closed to the public in the area of Peter's Mine. From the Ringwood Manor side it is approximately 1.5 miles in and 4 miles in from Long Pond Ironworks. There is currently no reroute, please plan accordingly. For more information call the park office.

Ramapo Moutain State Forest

The parking area and trail access point located on Barbara Drive within Town of Pompton Lakes has been closed by the property owner.  Trail users are no longer able to access the South Ridge or Cannonball Trails from this area.  Visitors are encouraged to utilize the parking area on Pool Hollow Road or either of the established parking areas on Skyline Drive.  For more information please contact the Ringwood State Park Office at (973) 962-7031.

Due to the closure of the bridge across Ringwood Brook, the segment of the Ringwood/Ramapo (red) and Crossover (white) Trails between Parking Lot B in the Ringwood Manor section and Sloatsburg Road is currently closed. Access to these trails and adjoining trails is available from the Shepherd Lake section of the park.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has been receiving comments and concerns expressed on the construction work underway by Tennessee Gas Co., LLC (TG) on its northeast upgrade project (NEUP).  Portions of the project are within High Point and Ringwood State Parks as well as on other state lands and areas within Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties.  During the construction period there will be heightened noise level and transporting of heavy equipment to conduct the work.  Any land and/or wildlife disturbance during this period is being carefully monitored by the Department to ensure that TG is following all permit conditions and mitigation measures are fully implemented.  Compliance monitors on site include individuals trained in endangered species identification and relocation.  Additionally, mitigation measures include all areas disturbed must be restored after construction ends.  For more details about the project, please visit the TG website at.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/business/gas_pipelines/projects/northeastupgrade/


Approximately a 3/4 mile portion of the Hasenclever Iron Trail is temporarily closed to the public in the area of Peter's Mine. From the Ringwood Manor side it is approximately 1.5 miles in and 4 miles in from Long Pond Ironworks. There is currently no reroute, please plan accordingly. For more information call the park office.

Voorhees State Park

Camping reservations and other information regarding Voorhees State Park can be obtained by contacting Spruce Run Recreation Area at (908) 638-8572.

Wawayanda State Park

The Boat Launch at Wawayanda will be closed on: Wednesday 6/24/15 and Thursday 6/25/15 for aquatic weed harvesting.
Inclement weather may change this schedule.

Please call the park office for specifics 973-853-4462.

Wharton State Forest

June 26, 2015 Update: Batsto Village will be opening at noon today

The following camp sites are open today at noon.

               Buttonwood Camp
               Godfrey Bridge Family Camp
               Bodine Camp
               Batona Camp
               Mullica Camp
               Lower Forge Camp

CLOSED until further notice

               Atsion Recreation Area
               Atsion Family Camp
               Goshen Pond Camp
               Hawkins Camp

The gates at Crowleys Landing are closed due to construction work on the boat launch. 

The Crowley's Landing Boat Launch within Wharton State Forest is closed due to structural damage. The launch will remain closed through the 2015 season. For questions, please contact the Wharton State Forest office at (609) 561-0024.

 

 

 

 

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