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November 20, 2003

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DEP Opens Parking Area at Splitrock Reservoir Nov. 21

(03/169) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell announces the opening of a new parking area at Splitrock Reservoir in Rockaway Township, Morris County. The parking area located on Splitrock Road at the southern end of the reservoir opens for public use on Friday, Nov. 21.

"Governor McGreevey has made a priority of increasing public access to our streams, lakes and shores," Campbell said. "This new parking area will provide generations of anglers, hikers and wildlife watchers with countless opportunities to explore all that Splitrock Reservoir has to offer."

The new parking area provides reservoir access for people who want to launch a cartop boat for fishing, kayaking or canoeing. The parking area also provides a trailhead for hiking the 13.8-mile loop trail. Visitors should look for signs of white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey along the trail, as well as waterfowl and neotropical birds during the spring and fall migrations. Anglers can expect good fishing for bass, crappie and chain pickerel in the reservoir.

The 625-acre reservoir and surrounding 1,500 acres are owned by Jersey City, but are protected by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife under a conservation easement purchased by the DEP's Green Acres Program.

The reservoir has some regulations specific to the site that are in place to ensure the long-term protection of wildlife and their habitats, water quality, and public safety.

No gasoline-powered engines are permitted on the reservoir. You may enjoy boating on Splitrock Reservoir in a non-motorized boat (canoe, kayak, rowboat) or boat with electric motor.

Stay on the trail as you hike around the reservoir. Access to areas off the trail is prohibited.

Horseback riding, mountain biking and ATV use is not permitted on Splitrock Reservoir property. Hiking is permitted.

Special Lunker Bass regulations are in effect for Splitrock Reservoir. The minimum size limit for largemouth and smallmouth bass is 15 inches and the combined daily creel and possession limit is 3 fish.

For a complete listing of fishing regulations, refer to the Freshwater Fishing Issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest.



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