|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.
Open daily sunrise to sunset.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Emerald Ash Borer Tree removal project
UPDATE EMERALD ASH BORER TREE REMOVAL PROJECT: Be advised - Work to begin Monday 2/27 along towpath in the South Bound Brook area. Trail re-routing or closures may take place.
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.
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.