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New Jersey's Black Bear Hunting Season

Following Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 34 (pdf), DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe has issued Administrative Order No. 2018-24 closing all DEP owned, managed or otherwise controlled lands to bear hunting during the October and December 2018 season segments. The closure includes, but is not limited to, the following: state forests, parks, recreation areas and natural areas; and wildlife management areas.

Administrative Order 2018-24
(pdf)

Allaire State Park

The Capital to the Coast Bicycle Trail is closed at the Allaire Village (Railroad Parking lot) up to Spring Meadow Golf Course.  Bikers can still access the Capital to Coast Trail from Spring Meadow Golf Course to travel east to Hospital Road and onto Manasquan.

Bulls Island Recreation Area

Hydrilla was discovered in the Washington Crossing section of the Canal in July 2016. Hydrilla is an extremely aggressive invasive aquatic plant that spreads very rapidly and forms dense mats that can choke the flow of water through the canal.  A lake management firm was hired in September, 2016 to survey, assess, and map the extent of hydrilla and other problem weeds in the high-priority segments of the Delaware & Raritan Canal. The survey report indicates that, for the 18.31 miles surveyed, submerged aquatic vegetation was collected at 96 percent of the sites, confirming the spatial extent and diversity of vegetation in the Canal. Hydrilla was observed at 56 percent of the survey sites.

On May 31, 2017, the Authority began a low-dose (<4 ppb) herbicide injection of Sonar Genesis for up to 120 days targeting the hydrilla and other nuisance aquatic vegetation.  At these low rates, there are no restrictions on fish/fish consumption, human/animal water consumption or contact. There are some recommended water irrigation usage restrictions that have been posted along the tred areas of the canal.  All Canal water customers have been engaged in the management planning process and continue to be updated on the status of treatment.  The herbicide application is showing promising signs of effectively controlling the Hydrilla and other nuisance aquatic plants.  The Authority and consulting firm are monitoring the status of plants and the herbicide concentrations at several points along the Canal. For monitoring and project information, please visit http://www.njwsa.org/hydrilla.html

UPDATE EMERALD ASH BORER TREE REMOVAL PROJECT: Be advised -Ash removal project currently shut down for timing restrictions.

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.

Corson's Inlet State Park

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

Emerald Ash Borer Tree removal project

UPDATE EMERALD ASH BORER TREE REMOVAL PROJECT: Be advised -Ash removal project currently shut down for timing restrictions.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in the process of developing a comprehensive management plan for the Bull’s Island Recreation Area upper river camping section, which includes hazardous tree removal and reforestation.  The upper river campground/low lying area campsites are closed for public access until the area can be reopened for passive recreational use.  The down river campsites are closed for the 2012 camping season pending a second phase tree assessment which will be conducted over the summer.  Day use activities in the lower river section, including the boat ramp and picnic area remain open.

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.

Please call the park office at 609-924-5896 before visiting. 

Double Trouble State Park

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.

Hopatcong State Park.

Hopatcong State Park Weed Harvesting Program 2018

Weed Harvesting Program Summer 2018

*Phase 1: May 14 – June 15 (5 weeks)

1 large harvester and 1 small harvester will be docked at Hopatcong State Park for training of staff. 

Training will include harvesting weeds in front of Hopatcong State Park, Clambake Point, Bedbug Island, Silver Springs, Landing Channel, South Side of Bertram’s Island, King’s Cove, Point Pleasant and Ingram’s Cove.

1 large harvester and 1 barge will be stationed at Lee’s County and harvesting weeds at Crescent Cove.

2 large harvesters will be stationed and harvesting weeds at Woodport.

On Friday’s some weed harvesting operators focus on clean-up of floating weeds.

*Phase 2: June 18 – August 3 (7 weeks)

2 harvesters will be staged at Lee’s County Park.

The harvesters at Lee’s County Park will cover River Styx, Great Cove, Davis Cove, east shoreline south of Brady Bridge, Henderson Cove, areas around Halsey Island which include Prospect Point. 

4 large harvesters and 1 small harvester will be staged at Ashley’s Cove and East Shore Estates; harvesting weeds at Woodport.

On Friday’s some harvesters focus on clean-up of floating weeds.

*Phase 3: August 6 – Sept 21 (7 weeks)

Harvesters will cover around Halsey Island, Raccoon Island, Byram Cove, Henderson Cove and Hopatcong State Park.

If you have any questions regarding the Weed Harvesting Program on Lake Hopatcong, please call 973-398-7010.  Thank you.
*THE ABOVE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON WEATHER AND AQUATIC PLANT GROWTH.

Per the Water Level management plan we will begin the annual drawdown of Lake Hopatcong on December 7, 2016. This year we will drop the lake to 22 inches as part of a pilot project effort to assist in lake refill in the Spring.  Also note that after reaching 22 inches, due to the drought warning that we are in, that the outflow will be reduced from 12 c.f.s to 8 c.f.s. As always, State Park personnel will carefully monitor this drawdown.

Liberty State Park

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

The park is open, but the Nature Interpretive Center Building is still closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage.

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

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 Mountain 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.

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..

Stokes State Forest

Sunrise Mountain Road may be closed to vehicular traffic from December 15 through March 15 or at any other time when there are hazardous conditions due to weather.

Other seasonal roads within Stokes State Forest that may be closed from December 15 through March 15 or at any other time when there are hazardous conditions due to weather include:
Grau Road
Crigger Road
Struble Road (just before Tillman’s Ravine)

You can call the park office between the hours of 8:00 am and 4 for a status on road closures 973-948-3820.

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 Atsion office is CLOSED until April 2019. For questions please visit or call our Batsto office at (609) 561-0024.

 

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