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July Swimming Schedule

New Jersey's state parks, forests and recreation areas open their lakes and beaches for swimming,
offering a refreshing way to cool off this summer.

Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 6 pm.

Plan Ahead for "Filled To Capacity" Park Closures

The NJ State Park system serves a very high volume of visitors during summer weekends and holidays. To ensure the safety of our visitors and protection of the park’s natural resources and facilities, our park areas have a limited capacity.

During periods of high visitation, when a park's capacity is reached, the park will be closed and traffic will be turned away from the park entrance. When that occurs, no additional vehicles / visitors will be allowed to enter the park, including those with members of their party who may already be in the park. If you are not traveling in the same vehicle with others in your party, we suggest that you all arrive at the same time.

When the park is closed because it is filled to capacity, only individuals and groups with shelter and/or camping reservations will be admitted, as parking is reserved for those purposes.

Based on recent experience and visitation trends, and depending on good weather, most of our State park swimming areas will likely fill to capacity and close on Memorial Day and Fourth of July holiday weekends, and other weekends during the summer. Please take this into consideration when planning your trip.

Atsion Recreation Area Closed for swimming.

Bass River Closed for swimming.

Belleplain Closed for swimming.

Cheesequake Open for swimming.

High Point Open for swimming.

Hopatcong Open for swimming.

Island Beach Island Beach State Park Bathing Areas #1 and #2 are open for swimming!
Please note that the Southern Swim area adjacent to Fishermen's Walkway (commonly referred to as Tices Shoal walkway) is closed at this time. There is no restrooms and no swimming. There is no fee from the Fisherman’s Walkway entrance.

Parvin Closed for swimming.

Ringwood Closed for swimming.

Round Valley Open for swimming.

Spruce Run Closed for swimming.

Stokes Closed for swimming.

Swartswood Closed for swimming.

Wawayanda Open for swimming.


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