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2016 Swim 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 parks’ 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 due to being full 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 course of the summer. Please take this into consideration when planning your trip.

Atsion Recreation Area Closed August 29th and 30th.

Bass River Open Daily no Swimming August 31, and September 1. Campers at the forest will be permitted to swim at Atsion Lake in nearby Wharton State Forest by showing their camping permit.  The Lake Absegami day-use area will be open for picnicking, sunbathing, volleyball, fishing, hiking and playgrounds.

Belleplain Open Daily Closed Monday & Tuesday August 29th & 30th

Cheesequake Closed Wednesday August 31st

High Point Open Daily

Hopatcong Open Daily

Island Beach Bathing Area 1 & 2 open daily
Southern Swim Area at A-7 open daily.

Parvin Closed Thursday and Friday August 25,26 and September 1, 2.

Ringwood The swimming area is closed for the season.

Round Valley Open Daily. The swimming area will be closed on the following dates:  Monday, August 29 to Friday, September 2.

Spruce Run Due to extremely low reservoir levels, the swimming area at Spruce Run Recreation Area will be closed effective on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. This closure will remain in effect until authorities determine that there is a sufficient water level for this activity. Registered campers with a valid permit are welcome to utilize the swimming area at nearby Round Valley Recreation Area. 

Stokes The swimming area is closed for the season.

Swartswood Open Daily

Wawayanda - Open Daily



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


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