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Park Advisories

Bulls Island Recreation Area

Hydrilla was discovered in the Washington Crossing section of the Canal in July 2016. Hydrilla is an extremely aggressive invasive aquatic plant that spreads very rapidly and forms dense mats that can choke the flow of water through the canal.  A lake management firm was hired in September, 2016 to survey, assess, and map the extent of hydrilla and other problem weeds in the high-priority segments of the Delaware & Raritan Canal. The survey report indicates that, for the 18.31 miles surveyed, submerged aquatic vegetation was collected at 96 percent of the sites, confirming the spatial extent and diversity of vegetation in the Canal. Hydrilla was observed at 56 percent of the survey sites.

On May 31, 2017, the Authority began a low-dose (<4 ppb) herbicide injection of Sonar Genesis for up to 120 days targeting the hydrilla and other nuisance aquatic vegetation.  At these low rates, there are no restrictions on fish/fish consumption, human/animal water consumption or contact. There are some recommended water irrigation usage restrictions that have been posted along the tred areas of the canal.  All Canal water customers have been engaged in the management planning process and continue to be updated on the status of treatment.  The herbicide application is showing promising signs of effectively controlling the Hydrilla and other nuisance aquatic plants.  The Authority and consulting firm are monitoring the status of plants and the herbicide concentrations at several points along the Canal. For monitoring and project information, please visit http://www.njwsa.org/hydrilla.html

The D&R Canal State Park towpath will be closed in the vicinity of the I-95/Scudders Falls Parking lot area.  (Scudders Falls Parking Area/Bernards Drive to Upper Ferry Road) This closure is expected to take effect from Wednesday, 08-23-2017 to Friday, 09-01-2017.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The New Jersey Water Supply Authority will be conducting construction activities on the towpath in Franklin Township, Somerset County.  This project will close the towpath between County Route 514 (Amwell Road) and the Blackwells Mills Causeway.  The closure is expected to take effect on Monday, August 14th for approximately 2 weeks.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

Hydrilla was discovered in the Washington Crossing section of the Canal in July 2016. Hydrilla is an extremely aggressive invasive aquatic plant that spreads very rapidly and forms dense mats that can choke the flow of water through the canal.  A lake management firm was hired in September, 2016 to survey, assess, and map the extent of hydrilla and other problem weeds in the high-priority segments of the Delaware & Raritan Canal. The survey report indicates that, for the 18.31 miles surveyed, submerged aquatic vegetation was collected at 96 percent of the sites, confirming the spatial extent and diversity of vegetation in the Canal. Hydrilla was observed at 56 percent of the survey sites.

On May 31, 2017, the Authority began a low-dose (<4 ppb) herbicide injection of Sonar Genesis for up to 120 days targeting the hydrilla and other nuisance aquatic vegetation.  At these low rates, there are no restrictions on fish/fish consumption, human/animal water consumption or contact. There are some recommended water irrigation usage restrictions that have been posted along the tred areas of the canal.  All Canal water customers have been engaged in the management planning process and continue to be updated on the status of treatment.  The herbicide application is showing promising signs of effectively controlling the Hydrilla and other nuisance aquatic plants.  The Authority and consulting firm are monitoring the status of plants and the herbicide concentrations at several points along the Canal. For monitoring and project information, please visit http://www.njwsa.org/hydrilla.html

The D&R Canal State Park towpath will be closed in the vicinity of the I-95/Scudders Falls Parking lot area.  (Scudders Falls Parking Area/Bernards Drive to Upper Ferry Road) This closure is expected to take effect from Wednesday, 08-23-2017 to Friday, 09-01-2017.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The New Jersey Water Supply Authority will be conducting construction activities on the towpath in Franklin Township, Somerset County.  This project will close the towpath between County Route 514 (Amwell Road) and the Blackwells Mills Causeway.  The closure is expected to take effect on Monday, August 14th for approximately 2 weeks.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Emerald Ash Borer Tree removal project

UPDATE EMERALD ASH BORER TREE REMOVAL PROJECT: Work will resume along the tow-path October 2nd in/near Delaware Township.

Double Trouble State Park

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.

Hopatcong State Park

Lake Hopatcong Aquatic Vegetation Removal Update:  The removal of aquatic vegetation by the harvesters has been delayed this year due to issues with getting the necessary parts in order to make the harvesters operable.  We anticipate that the aquatic vegetation harvest will begin the week of  June 19th, 2017.

Liberty State Park

ATTENTION: The following facilities will be CLOSED to the public for security reasons surrounding the PGA’s President’s Cup at Liberty National Golf Course.

  • Hudson River Walkway between the Port Liberte residential community and Liberty State Park will be closed on Mon., 9/25 thru Sun 10/1 from 5AM to 8PM daily.
  • Public Boat Launch will be closed on Thurs., 9/28 thru Sun 10/1.
  • South Lawn including all Parking Lots along Morris Pesin Drive,  Morris Pesin Drive Picnic Area and Playground, Kayak Launch and adjacent Hudson River Walkway will be closed on Sun., Oct 1.

 

All other areas of Liberty State Park are open as normal, including, Liberty Science Center, Liberty Landing Marina and restaurants, Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Liberty Landing Ferry, historic CRRNJ Terminal building, 911 Empty Sky Memorial, and Freedom Way Picnic Area and Playground. It is advised that Audrey Zapp Drive be used for vehicular access to the Park thru Sunday, 10/1.

 

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

The park is open, but the Nature Interpretive Center Building is still closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage.

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

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 Mountain 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.

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.

Round Valley Recreation Area

The Old Dutch Parsonage will be closed to the general public until further notice due to interior maintenance work.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The Wallace house will be opened during normal business hours.

Spruce Run Recreation Area

Due to the ongoing release of water from Spruce Run Reservoir to meet the demands of the New Jersey Water Supply Authority customer needs, the water level has fallen below the boat launch docks.  Boaters may experience some difficulty in launching their boats.

Stokes State Forest

The wooden bridge going to Stony Lake is closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until further notice. Pedestrians can park at Kittle Field and walk the Brown trail up to Stony Lake.

Grau and Crigger Roads are opened, along with Struble Road going to Tillmans Ravine.

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.

Wharton State Forest

The bridge over Skits Branch in Wharton State Forest is closed effective October 11, 2017. Physical barriers and signs have been posted at both ends of the bridge. The bridge sustained damage by a suspected large, heavy vehicle. NJDOT will be assisting the State Park Service with its repair.

Please be advised that the Harrisville Lake section of Wharton State Forest is temporarily closed to visitors due to tree removal activities.The contractor is using heavy equipment and telling work cannot be safely performed with vehicles and patrons being. We suggest that visitors travel a few miles east and enjoy Lake Absegami in Bass River State Forest.  Lifeguards staff the lake 5 days a week.  Ample parking. barbeque grills and picnic tables are provided. The informal parking area at Harrisville Lake will reopen as soon as an inspection takes place, anticipated by June 15th. As a reminder swimming is expressly prohibited at this popular day use area and is open from dawn to dusk daily.

Road grading maintenance is happening on a number of roads which were rebuilt in the past years (Carranza, Tuckerton, High Crossing).  While these roads are not closed to traffic, motorists should exercise caution if they encounter a road grader, slow down and give the road crew space to operate safely.

 

 

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