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Bull's Island
Recreation Area

Mailing Address:
2185 Daniel Bray Highway
Stockton, NJ 08559
(609) 397-2949

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40 ° 24’ 37.62 ” N 75° 02' 05.27 " W

Size: 80 acres

Directions:
Take I-287 or Route 22 to the intersection with Route 202 in Somerville. Follow Route 202 south for 26 miles to the exit for Route 29 north. Go north for about 6 miles. The entrance is on the left.

View Map for Bull's Island Office and D&R Canal office

Facilities & Activities:
  • Natural area
  • Fishing
 

 

Keep Your Recreation Area 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 sunrise to sunset.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm

Park Advisory

The towpath bridge over the Swan Creek in Lambertville is CLOSED. 

The structure 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.

Please be advised that the commencement of the State Park Service endorsed commercial river tubing operation will begin on Saturday, June 21st through September 15th.  Expect congestion and limited parking at the Fairview Road and Point Pleasant-Byram parking lots.

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.


Bull’s Island Natural Area (24 acres)

This natural area comprises a portion of a small forested island surrounded by the Delaware River and the Delaware & Raritan Canal. A trail along the towpath of the canal reveals a lowland floodplain forest dominated by sycamore, silver maple and tulip poplar. Several rare plant species are found in this natural area.

DELAWARE AND RARITAN CANAL COMMISSION

APPLICATION for INDIVIDUAL APPROVAL and WAIVER

Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended. 



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

 

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Last Updated: November 26, 2014

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