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Spruce Run
Recreation Area

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

GPS Coordinates
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


$ 2.00
$ 2.00
$ 5.00
$ 7.00
Link to the Related Fees page 

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:


  • 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.

The Swim Area is closed for the 2021 season

Keep Your Recreation Area Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep the parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Please bring a biodegradable bag with you when visiting to take your trash home. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Advisory

Please be advised that there are ongoing confirmed Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) present at several locations at Spruce Run Recreation Area. Visit the HAB map to see the most current locations and alert level:
At any location where a HAB is present, do not consume fish, and do not ingest water or allow your pet to ingest water. Additional recommendations may apply based on alert level. 

Around other parts of the lake where HAB has not been confirmed, use caution, and steer clear of anything that looks like a HAB.

For more information on HAB or to report a potential HAB, visit:


Park Hours

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Office Hours:Monday – Friday 9am-3pm

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 7 a.m.)
The Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Park Maps

Spruce Run Recreation Area Map

Spruce Run Recreation Area Map


The Highlands Trail extends over 150 miles from Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River in New York south to Riegelsville, New Jersey, on the Delaware River. A 2.6 mile section takes hikers through a maple forest, a pine forest and along the water’s edge through the park before exiting onto NJ Fish and Wildlife property.

Warren Highlands Trail

Spruce Run Recreation Area administers park properties in several Warren County townships such as Harmony Township and Lopatcong Township. These properties include a blend of forests and leased farm fields, many of which are open to through-hiking on the Warren Highlands Trail and to hunting unless posted otherwise. All hunters must adhere to the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife rules and regulations. 

The Warren Highlands Trail is a branch of the Highlands Trail that begins in Allamuchy State Park and ends at the bridge between Phillipsburg and Easton, PA. A 15 mile-long section of the Warren Highlands Trail (WHT) passes through a network of State, County, Township, and Non-profit Park properties; beginning at the intersection of Fiddler's Elbow / Harmony Brass Castle Road and ending within Marble Hill Nature Preserve. Hikers are encouraged to print-out their own copy of the WHT map, linked below. Please stay on the trail to preserve the health of the forest ecosystem and to limit damage to the farmer's crops.

Warren Highlands Trail Map: Overview
Warren Highlands Trail Map #1: Ragged Ridge
Warren Highlands Trail Map #2: Ragged Ridge - Van Nest Hoff Vannatta Farmstead
Warren Highlands Trail Map #3: Van Nest Hoff Vannatta Farmstead - Merrill Creek
Warren Highlands Trail Map #4: Merrill Creek - Fox Farm
Warren Highlands Trail Map #5: Fox Farm - Warren County Farmer's Fair Fields
Warren Highlands Trail Map #6: Hengst Farm - Marble Hill Nature Preserve


Click to make a Camping Reservation

Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.

A non-refundable service fee of $5.00 will be charged to the customer for each reservation.
Changes to the reservation that occur prior to the Start/Check in date will incur a non refundable fee of $5.00.
Changes made after the start/check-in date will be chargerd a service fee according to the following:

  • If the total fee is greater then or equal to $50.00 then a fee of $5.00 will be charged.

  • If the total fee is less then $50.00 then the fee of $2.00 will be charged.

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 (High resolution for printing purposes)
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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.


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.


State Park Service areas open to hunting

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.

Tree Stands and Blinds Policy

Bow Hunting Area Map

Waterfowl Hunting Map and Rules

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.

FAMILY NATURE PROGRAMS at Spruce Run Recreation Area

Common Mammals of Spruce Run Recreation Area, Voorhees & Hacklebarney State Parks

Common Songbirds of Spruce Run Recreation Area, Voorhees & Hacklebarney State Parks


Four picnic areas are spread throughout the wooded and open spaces overlooking the reservoir.  Facilities include picnic tables, charcoal grills and restrooms, all first come, first-served.  Larger groups may inquire at the Park Office regarding the reservable Group Picnic Area.  This space can accommodate groups of up to 200 visitors, has a covered pavilion, large charcoal grills, playground, parking and restroom facilities. This 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


Bus Group Reservations

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


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.

For your boating convience Spruce Run Recreation Area offers dry storage spots. For more infomation please read the Boat storage selection Procedures and Regulations

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

*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.


Closed for 2021 Swimming season.

Swimming is permitted in the designated swimming area while lifeguards are on duty.  Please check our swimming schedule prior to your visit. 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.


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:

Related Links

Local Weather Conditions
Highlands Trail Information
New Jersey Fish & Wildlife


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? Spruce Run has 7 campsites with water and electric (30/50) hook-ups.  They are sites 1-4 and 55-57.  Presently, there are no other hook-ups available at any other New Jersey State Campground.  There is also 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
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
Joy Eastmead of the State Park Service.


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