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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2007

Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994

DEP REOPENS A PORTION OF BULL'S ISLAND CAMPGROUND
FOR THE 2007 SEASON

(07/16) TRENTON -- Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today announced that Bull's Island Recreation Area, which sustained extensive damage during the Delaware River flooding last summer, will reopen 21 campsites for the 2007 season.

"Its unique location along the Delaware River makes Bull's Island a popular spot for camping," Commissioner Jackson said. "We've completed the repairs necessary to open it for recreational use this season."

Located within the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Hunterdon County, the 24-acre natural area was closed last June after the Delaware River flooded for the third time in fewer than two years. Following the latest flooding, the DEP made considerable repairs at the campgrounds and restroom facilities.

Bull's Island Recreation Area and most DEP campsites 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 will reopen 21 of its 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 restrooms are located within walking distance. Showers will not be available.

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 remaining 49 campsites at Bull's Island will stay closed as the DEP continues to assess and repair the damage.

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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