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Park Advisories

Bull's Island Recreation Area

Beginning Monday, December 15th, park visitors will be detoured in Lambertville between Bridge Street and Coryell Street.  A needed safety improvement is being conducted.  We anticipate this detour will last till the end of the year.  Thank You for your anticipated cooperation.

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.

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

Beginning Monday, December 15th, park visitors will be detoured in Lambertville between Bridge Street and Coryell Street.  A needed safety improvement is being conducted.  We anticipate this detour will last till the end of the year.  Thank You for your anticipated cooperation.

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.

Double Trouble State Park

Carriage Road is closed south of White Bridge due to storm damage.

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.

High Point State Park

As of September 15, 2014 Park Ridge Road is now open to vehicle and pedestrian use. There are a few additional repairs that will take place within a few weeks that may cause intermittent closures.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has been receiving comments and concerns expressed on the construction work underway by Tennessee Gas Co., LLC (TG) on its northeast upgrade project (NEUP).  Portions of the project are within High Point and Ringwood State Parks as well as on other state lands and areas within Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties.  During the construction period there will be heightened noise level and transporting of heavy equipment to conduct the work.  Any land and/or wildlife disturbance during this period is being carefully monitored by the Department to ensure that TG is following all permit conditions and mitigation measures are fully implemented.  Compliance monitors on site include individuals trained in endangered species identification and relocation.  Additionally, mitigation measures include all areas disturbed must be restored after construction ends.  For more details about the project, please visit the TG website at.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/business/gas_pipelines/projects/northeastupgrade/

Hopatcong State Park

LAKE HOPATCONG WEED HARVESTING UPDATE:  As of September 26, 2014, weed harvesting activities ceased for the season. It was a very successful season, with approximately 2,650 cubic yards harvested, about 350 cubic yards more than 2013.  The harvesters were on the lake approximately 2 weeks longer in 2014, than 2013.  All harvesting equipment is now being inspected for repair and maintenance items, so that it is ready for the 2015 harvesting season.  The State Park Service appreciates the public’s support of this important program.

It should be noted that there are many factors, often out of SPS control, that dictate harvester schedules.  These include, but are not limited to, weather, harvester and dump truck repair and maintenance, staffing levels, and reports of heavy weed growth in certain areas that SPS may respond to.  As such, the above is a general guideline of future harvesting activities, and can often change due to cited factors.

Island Beach State Park

The State Park Service is pleased to announce that Island Beach State Park will be opening earlier through the off-season for all our park visitors including birders, hikers, beach walkers and those who may just want to watch the sun rise!  From November 1 through April 30th the park will be open from dawn to dusk for all to enjoy.  The Park opening time will revert to 8:00 am on May 1st.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract for the repair of the north jetty at Barnegat Inlet which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The storm caused the displacement of stone along a 740-foot portion of the north jetty that borders Island Beach State Park’s shoreline.  The project will begin this month.  During the project, all mobile sport fishing access points, including A23, will remain open to permit holders.  Only the area immediately adjacent to the jetty and the jetty itself will be closed to public access throughout the duration of the project.

Christie Administration Announces U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contract Issued for Jetty Repair at Island Beach State Park

Liberty State Park

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

The park office and visitor center located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive is now open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The park is open, but the historic CRRNJ Terminal Building and the Nature Interpretive Center Buildings are still closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage.

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Questions regarding trail statuses can be directed to the Ringwood State Park office at (973) 962-2240

Due to a bridge washout, the Hasenclever, Sterling Ridge, and Highlands Trails are partially closed at the Wanaque River. The Sterling Ridge and Highlands Trails are accessible via the Jennings Hollow Trail off East Shore Road. The Hasenclever Trail is accessible from the end of Beech Road.

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 Moutain 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.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has been receiving comments and concerns expressed on the construction work underway by Tennessee Gas Co., LLC (TG) on its northeast upgrade project (NEUP).  Portions of the project are within High Point and Ringwood State Parks as well as on other state lands and areas within Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties.  During the construction period there will be heightened noise level and transporting of heavy equipment to conduct the work.  Any land and/or wildlife disturbance during this period is being carefully monitored by the Department to ensure that TG is following all permit conditions and mitigation measures are fully implemented.  Compliance monitors on site include individuals trained in endangered species identification and relocation.  Additionally, mitigation measures include all areas disturbed must be restored after construction ends.  For more details about the project, please visit the TG website at.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/business/gas_pipelines/projects/northeastupgrade/


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

We have removed the docks at the Spruce Run Recreation Area boat launch. Boaters can still come and use the launch and the car top launches. 

There is no food concession available until further notice.

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 Crowley's Landing Boat Launch within Wharton State Forest is closed due to structural damage.  We anticipate repairs to be completed and the boat launch reopened for the Spring, 2015 season. Boat launch permit holders are advised to contact the Wharton State Forest Office for additional information at (609) 561-0024.

 

 

 

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