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May 27, 2005

Contact: Peter Boger (609) 292-2994
Dana Loschiavo (609) 984-1423


(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 June 20.
  • 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

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.




Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest, Shamong 609-268-0444
Bass River State Forest, New Gretna 609-296-1114
Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine 609-861-2404
Cheesequake State Park, Matawan 732-566-2161
High Point State Park, Sussex 973-875-4800
Hopatcong State Park, Landing 973-398-7010
Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park (Ocean) 732-793-0506
Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove 856-358-8616
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood 973-962-7031
Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon 908-236-6355
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton 908-638-8572
Stokes State Forest, Branchville 973-948-3820
Swartswood State Park, Swartswood 973-383-5230
Wawayanda State Park, Hewitt 973-853-4462

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