Department of Environmental Protection

New Jersey State Park Service

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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.

2021 Swim Schedule

Atsion Recreation Area (Wharton State Forest)
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.

Bass River State Forest
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.

Cheesequake State Park
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.

High Point State Park
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.

Hopatcong State Park
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.

Island Beach State Park
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.

Parvin State Park
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.

Round Valley Recreation Area
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.

Wawayanda State Park
Days and hours of operation to be posted soon.


Swimming Closed for the 2021 Season
  • Belleplain State Forest
  • Ringwood State Park
  • Spruce Run Recreation Area
  • Swartswood State Park
Plan Ahead for "Filled To Capacity" Park Closures

The New Jersey 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.