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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 5/22/01
01/56
CONTACT: Sharon A. Southard or Amy Collings
(609) 984-1795 or 292-2994

State Park Service Opens Swim Areas Memorial Day Weekend

Kick off the summer season this Memorial Day weekend by visiting one of New Jersey's state swimming areas located in state parks, forests, and recreation areas beginning Saturday, May 26.

"We invite everyone to come out and enjoy our freshwater lakes or visit the popular swimming areas at Island Beach State Park," said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Shinn.

The DEP will operate the lake swimming areas seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (unless otherwise posted). Swimming areas located at Island Beach State Park are open weekends only, until June 9.

DESIGNATED SWIMMING AREAS

Southern Region

  • Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest, Hammonton
    609-298-0444

  • Bass River State Forest, New Gretna
    609-296-1114

  • Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine
    609-861-2404

  • Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove
    856-358-8616

Central Region

  • Hopatcong State Park, Landing
    973-398-7010

  • Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon
    908-236-6355

  • Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton
    908-638-8572

Northern Region

  • High Point State Park, Sussex
    973-875-4800

  • Ringwood State Park, Ringwood
    973-962-7031

  • Stokes State Forest, Branchville
    973-948-3820

  • Swartswood State Park, Swartswood
    973-383-5230

  • Wawayanda State Park, Highland Lakes
    973-853-4462

Shore Region

  • Cheesequake State Park, Matawan
    732-566-2161

  • Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park (Ocean)
    732-793-0506
    (Weekends only. Open 7 days a week starting June 9, 2001)

For a free copy of the New Jersey State Park Service's Spring and Summer Calendar of Events 2000 or to purchase the Guide to New Jersey's State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites, call 1-800-843-6420 or visit any Division of Parks and Forestry site. Text telephone users can call NJ Relay Services at 1-800-852-7899. Information is also available on the Division of Parks and Forestry's web site: www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parknj/divhome.htm.

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