OPEN STATE SWIMMING AREAS ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
(05/67) TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) reminds residents that the summer season will
begin this Memorial Day weekend with the opening on Saturday,
May 28, of New Jersey's 14 swimming areas located in state parks,
forests and recreation areas.
"New Jersey's freshwater lakes and the beach at Island Beach
State Park are great recreational resources for residents and
out-of-state visitors, " said DEP Commissioner Bradley M.
Campbell. "We encourage everyone to take time to visit and
enjoy these scenic areas this summer."
The DEP will open all swimming areas, operating from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Swimming areas will be open
on the following schedule:
- Cheesequake State Park, High Point State Park, Ringwood State
Park, Spruce Run Recreation Area, Swartswood State Park and
Wawayanda State Park swimming areas will immediately be open
seven days a week.
- Island Beach State Park's ocean swimming area will operate
weekends only until June 19, then seven days a week beginning
- Bass River State Forest, Belleplain State Forest, Parvin
State Park, Round Valley Recreation Area and Stokes State Forest
swimming areas are open weekends only until the end of June.
- Atsion Recreation Area within Wharton State Forest and Hopatcong
State Park's swimming areas will be open Wednesdays through
Sundays until additional lifeguards are hired.
For more information on availability, contact individual parks
before you visit. Information can be found by visiting the DEP
web site at http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/parkindex.html.
DEP also reminds the public that it is still seeking applicants
to fill lifeguard positions at many swimming areas. Testing, training
and certification are provided free of charge. More information
is available by contacting individual parks.
Below is a contact list for designated swimming areas.
DESIGNATED SWIMMING AREAS
|Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest, Shamong
|Bass River State Forest, New Gretna
|Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine
|Cheesequake State Park, Matawan
|High Point State Park, Sussex
|Hopatcong State Park, Landing
|Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park (Ocean)
|Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove
|Ringwood State Park, Ringwood
|Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon
|Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton
|Stokes State Forest, Branchville
|Swartswood State Park, Swartswood
|Wawayanda State Park, Hewitt