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March 23, 2006

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994

DEP Reopens Bull's Island Campground
Following Repairs from Delaware River Flooding Last Spring

(06/17) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today announced that Bull's Island Recreation Area, heavily damaged by Delaware River flooding last spring, is reopened and accepting camping reservations for the 2006 season.

"Bull's Island offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the Delaware River," Commissioner Jackson said. "Now that repairs and renovations are complete, our residents and visitors are welcome once again to enjoy this treasured natural resource."

Located within the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Hunterdon County, the 24-acre natural area was closed last April after sustaining extensive damage during one of the worst Delaware River floods on record. Following the deluge, the DEP made substantial repairs and renovations at the campgrounds, including an extensive restoration of the landscape and reconstruction of roads and restroom facilities.

Bull's Island Recreation Area and most DEP camping sites are open from April 1 through October 31, although several are also available year-round. Reservations are accepted for a minimum of two consecutive days and up to 14 consecutive days.

Bull's Island operates 69 tent and trailer campsites, each with a fire ring and picnic table. The campsites are $20 per night and accommodate up to six people. Modern restroom facilities and showers are located within walking distance.

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance either by phone using a credit card at (609) 397-2949, by mailing the requested dates to Bull's Island Recreation Area, 2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, NJ 08859, or in person at the park office.

The DEP operates 19 camping facilities in state parks, forests and recreations areas throughout New Jersey. Options include wilderness and group campsites, cabins, yurts, lean-tos and shelters. The fees for each vary.

For more information on New Jersey's state parks, visit www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests.

 

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