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Park Advisories

Tubing Alert and Swimming Prohibited on the Delaware River

Please be advised that there are no river tubing businesses with a valid agreement with the State Park Service to launch from D & R Canal State Park.
Swimming in the Delaware River from D & R Canal State Park is always strictly prohibited.

Here are a few other nearby outdoor activities in our state parks to enjoy instead:

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

We are pleased to announce that the bulkhead replacement project at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will begin next week.  This capital project will require that the picnic area, including the gazebo, be closed for the next several months. The scheduled completion date is early September and we will post any changes to that schedule. Please adhere to the closure for your safety and so that the project can be completed on time. This project will not affect access to the lighthouse, the jetty walkway or the beach.

Good news!  The bulkhead replacement project is far enough along that the picnic area is now open again.  For safety reasons, when workers are on site please give them ample room to complete their work.

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

UPDATE EMERALD ASH BORER TREE REMOVAL PROJECT: Be advised -Ash removal project currently shut down for timing restrictions.

The DEP conducted a tree assessment of the entire upper river campground as a result of a large sycamore falling in 2011.  The assessment provided evidence of hazardous trees due to root decay from silt buildup related to repeated floods.  Most of the trees in the area were found to have compromised root systems.

As a result, the DEP closed all camping areas to protect the public.   For the upper river campground which consists of a 5 acre parcel with more than 200 large trees, a management plan is in development to mitigate the public safety hazards with the goal of eventually reopening the area to the public for passive recreation.  The management plan will include the removal of trees in the upper river camping area and replanting of the area with smaller growing trees, shrubs and other native vegetation.  To adequately refine this management plan and to ensure that impacts of the tree removal to the natural resources, including migratory and nesting birds and other wildlife, are minimized, a coordinated team representing the various technical programs within the DEP are providing input to ensure concerns are addressed and any necessary reviews are conducted and appropriate permits obtained.   Plant material that will thrive in this type of environment and not create hazards for public access will be the focus of the plan, with attention to monitoring for, and controlling invasive species.  The area will ultimately reopen for passive recreational use.  The DEP will make a decision on the lower river camping section once the tree assessment is completed.

The Department will continue to update its website message on Bull’s Island Recreation Area as information becomes available.  Thank you.

Corson's Inlet State Park

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

Emerald Ash Borer Tree removal project

UPDATE EMERALD ASH BORER TREE REMOVAL PROJECT: Be advised -Ash removal project currently shut down for timing restrictions.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in the process of developing a comprehensive management plan for the Bull’s Island Recreation Area upper river camping section, which includes hazardous tree removal and reforestation.  The upper river campground/low lying area campsites are closed for public access until the area can be reopened for passive recreational use.  The down river campsites are closed for the 2012 camping season pending a second phase tree assessment which will be conducted over the summer.  Day use activities in the lower river section, including the boat ramp and picnic area remain open.

The DEP conducted a tree assessment of the entire upper river campground as a result of a large sycamore falling in 2011.  The assessment provided evidence of hazardous trees due to root decay from silt buildup related to repeated floods.  Most of the trees in the area were found to have compromised root systems.

As a result, the DEP closed all camping areas to protect the public.   For the upper river campground which consists of a 5 acre parcel with more than 200 large trees, a management plan is in development to mitigate the public safety hazards with the goal of eventually reopening the area to the public for passive recreation.  The management plan will include the removal of trees in the upper river camping area and replanting of the area with smaller growing trees, shrubs and other native vegetation.  To adequately refine this management plan and to ensure that impacts of the tree removal to the natural resources, including migratory and nesting birds and other wildlife, are minimized, a coordinated team representing the various technical programs within the DEP are providing input to ensure concerns are addressed and any necessary reviews are conducted and appropriate permits obtained.   Plant material that will thrive in this type of environment and not create hazards for public access will be the focus of the plan, with attention to monitoring for, and controlling invasive species.  The area will ultimately reopen for passive recreational use.  The DEP will make a decision on the lower river camping section once the tree assessment is completed.

The Department will continue to update its website message on Bull’s Island Recreation Area as information becomes available.  Thank you.

Please call the park office at 609-924-5896 before visiting. 

Double Trouble State Park

Tthe 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.

Please be advised that there is a confirmed Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) present at Hopatcong State Park. There is no swimming until further notice.

Do not drink or have contact with the water including, but not limited to, swimming, wading and water sports. Fish caught in this waterbody should not be eaten. Pets should not drink the water.

For more information on HAB click here: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bfbm/CyanoHABHome.html

Hopatcong State Park Weed Harvesting Program 2019

Weed Harvesting Program Summer 2019

*Phase 1: May 22 – June 28 (5 weeks)

1 large harvester and 1 small harvester will be docked at Hopatcong State Park for training of staff. 

Training will include harvesting weeds in front of Hopatcong State Park, Clambake Point, Bedbug Island, Silver Springs, Landing Channel, South Side of Bertram’s Island, King’s Cove, Point Pleasant and Ingram’s Cove.

1 large harvester and 1 barge will be stationed at Lee’s County and harvesting weeds at Crescent Cove.

2 large harvesters will be stationed and harvesting weeds at Woodport.

On Friday’s some weed harvesting operators focus on clean-up of floating weeds.

*Phase 2: July 1 – August 16 (7 weeks)

2 harvesters will be staged at Lee’s County Park.

The harvesters at Lee’s County Park will cover River Styx, Great Cove, Davis Cove, east shoreline south of Brady Bridge, Henderson Cove, areas around Halsey Island which include Prospect Point. 

4 large harvesters and 1 small harvester will be staged at Ashley’s Cove and East Shore Estates; harvesting weeds at Woodport.

On Friday’s some harvesters focus on clean-up of floating weeds.

*Phase 3: August 19 – Oct 4  (7 weeks)

Harvesters will cover around Halsey Island, Raccoon Island, Byram Cove, Henderson Cove and Hopatcong State Park.

If you have any questions regarding the Weed Harvesting Program on Lake Hopatcong, please call 973-398-7010.  Thank you.
*THE ABOVE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON WEATHER AND AQUATIC PLANT GROWTH.

Liberty State Park

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..

Spruce Run Recreation Area

Please be advised that there is a confirmed Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) present at Spruce Run Recreation Area. There is no swimming until further notice.

Do not drink or have contact with the water including, but not limited to, swimming, wading and water sports. Fish caught in this waterbody should not be eaten. Pets should not drink the water.

For more information on HAB click here: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bfbm/CyanoHABHome.html

Swartswood State Park

Duck Pond Trail and sections of Spring Lake Trail are temporarily closed due to flooding. Please call the park office or stop in for an update on trail conditions. 973-383-5230

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.

 

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