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Wawayanda
State Park

Location:
Passaic County

Mailing Address:
885 Warwick Turnpike
Hewitt, NJ 07421
(973) 853-4462

GPS Coordinates
DMS 41° 11’ 33.96” N 74° 25' 44.23" W

Size: 35,524 acres

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
NJ Resident
Non-Resident
 
$5.00
$10.00
weekdays
$10.00
$20.00
weekends
N/A
N/A
walk-in/bicycle
$ 5.00
$ 7.00
motorcycle
Link to the Related Fees page 

Directions:
Take Route 23 north to Union Valley Road. Follow Union Valley Road about 6 miles to stop sign. From Stop sign, go to second traffic light. Turn left, travel to fork in road (about 2 miles) go left about 1/2 mile to Warwick Turnpike. Turn left. The park entrance is four miles on the left.

Facilities & Activities:

Trails:

 

 

The quiet charm of Wawayanda appeals to hikers, campers, swimmers and boaters. Forested hills surround Lake Wawayanda creating a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman, while steep mountains challenge casual as well as serious hikers. A twenty-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than sixty miles of trails are marked in the park.

Keep Your Park Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Hours

Open daily Sunday - Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Office Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Park Advisory

The boat ramp on Wawayanda Lake will be CLOSED on Wednesday July 9th, 2014 and Thursday July 10th, 2014 for aquatic weed control.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

 
Auxiliary Entrance Gate-Barry Lakes

The gate operating season will be from the Friday before Memorial Day through October 31st.

The gate will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

On 3-day Holiday Weekends, the gate will be open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For the 2013 season, the gate will be opening on Friday, May 24th at 10 a.m.

Park Maps

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Bearfort Mountain Natural Area (1,325 acres)

This area encompasses several forest communities including swamp hardwood, hemlock-mixed hardwood and chestnut oak forest communities. This is a key location for observing the state endangered red-shouldered hawk, with a 360-degree view of the surrounding northern highlands.

Wawayanda Hemlock Ravine Natural Area (399 acres)

The topography of this ravine is one of high relief with 300-foot increases in elevation from Doublekill Creek to surrounding hills. The hemlock-mixed hardwood forest provides a cool shady break for hikers on the Appalachian Trail, which is located along the western boundary of the natural area.

Wawayanda Swamp Natural Area (2167 acres)

This natural area features an Atlantic white cedar swamp, mixed oak-hardwood forest and a glacially formed spring-fed lake and is habitat for the red-shouldered hawk, barred owl and great blue heron. Visitors may choose from several trails, including a scenic walk around Laurel Pond.

Trails

Wawayanda State Park consists of over 60 miles of well marked trails. The trails are not ADA accessible.

A 20-mile section of the Appalachian Trail follows the varied terrain of the park. This trail's designated use is restricted to hiking only for its entire length from Maine to Georgia. White blazes mark this narrow and sometimes very rocky trail.

Along Wawayanda Mountain are outstanding views of the surrounding landscape. The 70-mile segment of the Appalachian Trail within New Jersey is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. A brochure regarding New Jersey's portion of the trail is available at the park office.

In addition to the Appalachian Trail, there are more than 60 miles of marked trails within Wawayanda State Park. The varied terrain and natural features offer equal opportunities for both the casual and experienced hikers.

Camping

The Department of Environmental Protection, State Park Service is pleased to announce through ReserveAmerica our new reservation system for all overnight facilities within the New Jersey State Parks and Forests. Reservations are now available online or through the ReserveAmerica call center.

Online reservations can be made 7 days per week/24 hours a day at ReserveAmerica. To make a reservation through the call center, please contact ReserveAmerica at 1-855-607-3075 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from April 1st through October 31st. Beginning November 1st through March 31st, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

We anticipate our visitors will be pleased with our new streamlined reservation system as it provides greater flexibility in searching and reserving available overnight facilities. 

For forms and information on booking a campsite visit our: reservations page

Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.

Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

Group Campsites: Three group sites with a clivus restroom; Seven person minimum. Water is not available at campsites; it must be carried from the main office building. Open April 1 through October 31. Firewood available for purchase at park office. New Jersey Residents: $3 per person, per night; Non-Residents: $5 per person, per night. We highly recommend that group leaders carefully estimate their group size so not to over estimate as refunds cannot be made later.

Fishing

Lake Wawayanda and Wawayanda Creek are stocked with trout and Landlocked Salmon. Other variety of fish found within these waters are: Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Catfish, Sunfish, Black and White crappies and Bowfin.

The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife introduced Landlocked Salmon to Lake Wawayanda to provide anglers with an opportunity to fish for this unique coldwater sport fish close to home. Only a handful of deep lakes in New Jersey have suitable year round habitat for coldwater fish like trout and salmon. Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny Valley State Park also received the Landlocked Salmon.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks Lake Wawayanda and Wawayanda Creek annually with trout. The lake is designated a “holdover trout lake.”

Did I catch Trout or Salmon?
Refer to the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's guide to help you distinguish between a trout and a salmon. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.

Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2013-2014

Hunting is permitted in designated areas of the park. Deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey, rabbit, raccoon and woodchuck may be hunted with bow and arrow, shotgun and black powder firearms in their appropriate seasons. Hunting is subject to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Interpretive Programs

The Park staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs seasonally. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs and to register. Program fees may apply.

Picnicking

Picnic areas are located along the north shore of Wawayanda Lake surrounding the lake-oriented activities and are adjacent to the boat house and boat launch facility. Charcoal fires must be confined to the metal grills that are provided at the sites. Visitors may also bring their own grills, which are subject to the approval of a park official. Wood fires are not permitted.

Boating

A boat rental facility and launching ramp are located near the beach and picnic areas. Canoes, rowboats (with or without electric motors) and paddleboats may be rented at Wawayanda Lake. Privately owned water craft may be launched. Although sailboats and sailboards are permitted on the lake, there are no rentals available in the park. Gasoline motors are not permitted.

NJ Boating Rules & Regulations pertain to Wawayanda Lake at all times. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Swimming from boats is prohibited.

Swimming

From Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, while lifeguards are on duty, visitors can swim in Lake Wawayanda. Swimming hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Adjacent to the beach visitors can access facilities with changing areas, restrooms, a first-aid station, and a food concession where food and beach supplies may be purchased.

Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.

Winter Sports

At an elevation of 1,140 feet above sea level, Wawayanda State Park receives great accumlations of snow in the winter months. A number of winter activities are permitted on designated trails and various areas within the park, including cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. For more information, contact the park office.

 

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Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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