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Spruce Run
Recreation Area

Mailing Address:
68 Van Syckel's Road
Clinton, NJ 08809
(908) 638-8572

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40° 39 46 N 74° 56' 20" W

Size: 2,030 acres

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
NJ Resident
Non-Resident
 

$5.00

$10.00
weekdays
$10.00
$20.00
weekends
$ 2.00
$ 2.00
walk-in/bicycle
$ 5.00
$ 7.00
motorcycle
Link to the Related Fees page 

Directions:
From the intersections of Interstate 78W and Route 31N, follow 31 north to the third traffic light – Van Syckels Road. Turn left and continue 1.5 miles to the Park entrance which is on the left.

Facilities & Activities:

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Jogging
 

 

Surrounded by the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, Spruce Run Recreation Area is popular with picnickers, swimmers, fishermen, boaters and campers. The reservoir was one of the first water supply facilities to be constructed and operated by the state and covers 1,290 acres with 15 miles of shoreline for recreation. Spruce Run is the third largest reservoir in the state after Round Valley and Wanaque reservoirs.

Keep Your Recreation Area Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset

Office Hours: Sun-Sat 9:00 am -4:00 pm
Park Hours:
November - February: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Monday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sat, Sun and Holidays park opens at 7am)
The Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Park Advisories

We have removed the docks at the Spruce Run Recreation Area boat launch. Boaters can still come and use the launch and the car top launches. 

There is no food concession available until further notice.

Trails

The Highlands Millennium Trail, which will eventually connect the Delaware River to the Hudson River, is approximately 0.91 miles (one way) within the park boundaries. This leisurely hike is not ADA accessible. The park grounds and roadways are excellent areas for other strolling, jogging and biking activities.

Camping
The Department of Environmental Protection, State Park Service is pleased to announce through ReserveAmerica our new reservation system for all overnight facilities within the New Jersey State Parks and Forests. Reservations are now available online or through the ReserveAmerica call center.

Online reservations can be made 7 days per week/24 hours a day at ReserveAmerica. To make a reservation through the call center, please contact ReserveAmerica at 1-855-607-3075 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from April 1st through October 31st. Beginning November 1st through March 31st, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

We anticipate our visitors will be pleased with our new streamlined reservation system as it provides greater flexibility in searching and reserving available overnight facilities. 

For forms and information on booking a campsite visit our: reservations page
Reservations may be made by contacting the Spruce Run Recreation Area office at 908-638-8572

Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.

Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

Campsites: 67 tent and trailer sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Flush toilets and showers are within walking distance. Open April 1 through October 31. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night; Non-Residents: $25 per night.

Click to view some of our campsites

Our campground is open from April 1st through October 31st for family camping—no group sites are available. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring with attached grill. Modern restrooms with showers are located on either side of the campground. Reservations or walk-ins are accepted. Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
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Shelters: Three shelters. Cabin-like structures with wood stove for heat and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Sites include a fire ring and picnic table. Open April 1 through October 31. New Jersey Residents: $48 per night; Non-Residents: $60 per night.

Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.

Fishing

Twenty-nine species of fish are contained within the waters of Spruce Run including largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish, yellow perch and carp. Trout, northern pike and hybrid bass are stocked by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. For fishing regulations please refer to the NJ Fish and Wildlife Digest.

Homeowners Firewood Program

The Homeowners Firewood Program has been expanded to include park areas that sustained tree damage due to Hurricane Sandy. Fallen trees will be marked and made available to individuals as part of this program. Anyone interested in obtaining firewood must complete the below application form and pay the applicable $25 per cord fee.This program will be available until the supply is exhausted. Please contact the park office to reserve a cutting period and for additional information.

Homeowners Firewood Program Application form*

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2014-2015

Bow Hunting is permitted in Spruce Run Recreation Area Monday through Saturdays in designated areas only. Please contact the park office for maps and information.

Spruce Run offers a variety of waterfowl and deer hunting (Bow only) seasonally. The Clinton Wildlife Management Area is adjacent to the recreation area and is open for public hunting. Maps and information may be obtained by visiting the Division of Fish and Wildlife Hunting website.

Interpretive Programs

The Park staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs seasonally. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs and to register. Program fees may apply.

Picnicking

Six picnic areas spaciously located in wooded and open areas overlooking the reservoir. Includes tables, charcoal grills and restroom facilities. Visitors may bring their own grills in accordance with fire regulations in effect at that time. For larger groups, we also offer the Group Picnic Area. Open April 1 through October 31. It holds a capacity of 225 people, provides shelter, playground equipment and it may be reserved for a fee:

New Jersey Resident $100 per day, plus applicable parking fees.

Non-Resident $150 per day, plus applicable parking fees.

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:

New Jersey Resident $125 per day.

Non-Resident $175 per day.

Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day:
50 percent of Fee
Group Picnic Cancellation Fee:

• Groups of 20 or more people shall reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are handled by the individual park area offices.

Reservations can be made over the telephone using a credit card, or by mail using the Group Picnic Reservation form* downloadable here. Payment in full of the appropriate group picnicking fee must accompany this application.

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

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Bus Group Reservations

Spruce Run Group Bus Reservation Rules and Regulations (pdf)
Spruce Run Group Bus Reservation Application Form (pdf)
Spruce Run Group Bus Reservation Application Form (Word document)
Spruce Run Group Bus Manifest (pdf)
Spruce Run Group Bus Manifest (Word document)

Boating

Motor boating (electric and gas—10hp limit), sailing (25 feet in length and 30 feet above the water line height limit), canoe/kayaking, windsurfing. Trailer launch ramp and cartop launch area. Rentals (908-638-8234) available seasonally and boat storage (dry) available year round. Call for information.

Spruce Run Summer Boat Storage Selection Procedures and Regulations *
Spruce Run Winter Boat Storage Selection Procedures and Regulations *
Spruce Run Boat Storage Application and Agreement (word doc)
Spruce Run Boat Rental Prices



*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

Boat Storage (Dry)
Summer Season (April 1 - October 31)
Single Boat Trailer

New Jersey Resident $250.00.

Non-Resident $295.00.

Double Boat Trailer

New Jersey Resident $325.00.

Non-Resident $370.00.

Winter Season (November 1 - March 31)
Single Boat Trailer

New Jersey Resident $200.00.

Non-Resident $240.00.

Double Boat Trailer

New Jersey Resident $260.00.

Non-Resident $320.00.

Also visit Round Valley Recreation Area’s website for information on similar (except rentals) boating activities as well as scuba/skin diving.

Swimming

From Memorial Weekend to Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty, visitors will find a beach complex containing changing areas, restrooms, showers, a first-aid station, and a concession building where food and beach supplies may be purchased. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach. Grilling is prohibited along the beachfront including the posted grassy area. There is a playground and open fields to accommodate various ball and net games.

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Special Events

Many special events take place at Spruce Run. These include walk-a-thons, sailing regattas, watershed clean-up days, triathlons, and weddings.

Winter Sports

During the winter months, many visitors cross-country ski, ice fish, and ice boat at the recreation area. You may contact the recreation office for snow conditions or visit the local weather channel site at: http://www.weather.com/weather/local/08809.

Related Links

Local Weather Conditions
Highlands Trail Information
New Jersey Fish & Wildlife

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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

When is the Park open/closed? The park is open year round. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, and weekends or holidays from 7 am to 8 pm. In the off-season, call for times.
Are pets allowed? Yes, on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Not in campgrounds or on beach.
Are alcoholic beverages permitted? Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any of New Jersey’s State Parks.
I go to the Park a lot during the summer, can I get a discount? There is a season pass available for unlimited access to all of New Jersey’s State Parks. You may purchase a decal for your vehicle or if you are a New Jersey resident who is 62 or older, you may acquire a free senior citizen pass.
We would like to have a family reunion at the Park. Can you accommodate us? Spruce Run (as well as several other State parks) offers a Group Picnic Area which is available for a fee. Call for specific information.
Are there hook-ups for R/Vs? At present, there are no hook-ups available at New Jersey State Campgrounds. However, there is a sanitary dump station available at Spruce Run for our registered campers.
Is swimming permitted when lifeguards are off duty? For the safety and security of our visitors, Parks that offer swimming must comply with regulations requiring such activities to take place only while the guards are on
duty.
Can we rent boats? There is a private concessionaire who rents canoes/kayaks, rowboats, motor boats, and pontoon (patio) boats. Rentals are seasonal and weather permitting. Call for
current phone number.


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Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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