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New Jersey's Free Fishing Days:
Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014. Free fishing days are held annually in New Jersey to provide an introduction to freshwater fishing within all public waters. This is a perfect time for families to get out and enjoy two days of fun for free. No fishing license or trout stamp is needed, but all other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.
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TRANSACTION FEE FOR 2014:
Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST, NJ

Photo: BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Mar 19 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Belleplain State Forest consists of 21,000 acres of pine, oak and Atlantic white cedar located in Cape May and Cumberland County. Many recreational opportunities abound including camping, fishing, hunting, picnicing, boating, canoeing, swimming, etc.
For campers we offer 169 family tent & trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary dump is open March 1st through November 30th.
For groups, we have two 75 person sites that are open all year round. Fourteen lean tos with propane heaters accommodate up to 6 people each. Five yurts which are circular tents on a wooden fram accommodate up to 4 people comfortably. One group cabin accommodates up to 30 people and has bathrooms, showers, fireplace, full kitchen and outdoor campfire rings.
Two group picnic areas can accommodate up to 100 people each. The picnic area provides shelter, playground equipment and playfields. Reservations are recommended.
Pertinent Rules & Regulations:
Alcohol is prohibited.
Pets, except for service animals, are prohibited from swimming areas & camping areas unless pet friendly sites.Pets must be on a maximum 6 foot leash where permitted.
Observe quiet hours of 10pm to 6am. Unduly annoying conduct prohibited.
Trash must be placed in recycle or refuse containers or taken with the visitor.
Facility must be occupied and vacated as stated on permit. Maximum 6 people per site unless group site.
Maximum 2 licensed vehicles on site. Extra vehicles fee applies.
Campsite visitors are allowed from 8am to 8pm (day use fees apply).
Maximum 14 night stay initially, then up to 40 night total in calendar year.
Reservation cancellation fees apply.
No refunds to evicted persons.
Under age campers must have one adult supervisor to every 9 campers under the age of 18. Adult supervisors must have transportaion available for emergencies.
No posting of signs. No person shall damage, move or remove any plant, animal, equipment or structure.
Where permitted, metal detectors require a permit.
Possession of firearms is prohibited.
Swimming is restricted to supervised beaches. Diving prohibited.
Coast Guard approved life jackets must be available when boating.
Motor vehicles must be licensed, insured and registered. Motor vehicles are restricted to established roads & parking areas.
All terrain vehicles (ATV), motorized trail bikes and off-road vehicles are prohibited.
Unless otherwise posted, motor vehicle speeds is limited to 35 mph on improved roads and 25mph on dirt, gravel or sand roads.
Do not block traffic on roadways, paths or trails.
Woodfires in campsites are permitted only in fire rings and fireplaces unless fire restriction is in effect.
Fire reulations are dependant on weather conditions and do change daily.

Geography:

The forested acres of Belleplain include stands of young pine, oak and Atlantic white cedar, reflecting better soil conditions and less damage by fire than found in the Pine Barrens just north of the forest. Belleplain State Forest was established in 1928 by the State of New Jersey for recreation, wildlife management, timber production, and water conservation. In 1933, three camps were set up by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Reforestation Relief Act, supplying labor to the forest for over an eight-year period.
The CCC converted Meisle Cranberry Bog into Lake Nummy, a popular swimming, boating, and fishing area. They also constructed the original forest headquarters, maintenance building, a road system, bridges, and dams.
Some sites offer lakefront views for boating & fishing.

Recreation:

From Memorial Day to labor Day the park offers a swimming beach staffed with fifeguards. Restrooms, showers, changing rooms, a first aid station and concession offering refreshments and novelties are avaialble to the public at this time.Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. No inner tubes or rafts permitted.
Picnic areas are located in wooded areas and include tables, charcoal grills and restroom facilities.
Many species of fish are contained in the waters of Belleplain State Forest. For fishing regulations, please refer to the NJ Fish and wildfife Digest or www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/url
The park offers many trails for leisurely hiking, exercising and wildlife viewing.

Facilities:

Swimming is permitted on the north side of Lake Nummy from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms, a first-aid station and a concession offering refreshments, novelties and beach supplies. 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 beachCampsites: 169 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are within walking distance. Trailer dumping station is open March 1 through November 30. Campsites open all year. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night; Non-Residents: $25 per night.
Group campsites: Two group campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, water, and chemical toilets. Each site accommodates up to 75 people. Open all year. New Jersey Residents: $3 per person, per night; Non-Residents: $5 per person, per night.
Lean-tos: Fourteen lean-tos with propane heaters. Each accommodates up to six people. Outdoor picnic table, fire ring and grill. Flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities are within walking distance. ADA Accessible. Open all year. New Jersey Residents: $40 per night; Non-Residents: $45 per night.
Group Cabin: East Creek Cabin - furnished living room with fireplace, full kitchen, two bunkrooms with double bunks, bathrooms, showers, outdoor campfire rings. Accommodates up to 30 people. Located on a lake and accessible to East Creek Trail. Picnic grove, boat dock, ballfield. ADA Accessible. Open year round. New Jersey Residents: $175 per night; Two-night minimum; Non-Residents: $185 per night; Two-night minimum.
Yurts: Five yurts. Circular tents built on a wood frame, featuring wood floors, a deck and plexiglass skylight. Each yurt has a lockable wood door, window screens and flaps, and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Accessible to persons with disabilities. New Jersey Residents: $35 per night; Non-Residents: $40 per night.

Nearby Attractions:

Swimming is permitted on the north side of Lake Nummy from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms, a first-aid station and a concession offering refreshments, novelties and beach supplies. 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 beachCampsites: 169 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are within walking distance. Trailer dumping station is open March 1 through November 30. Campsites open all year. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night; Non-Residents: $25 per night. Group campsites: Two group campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, water, and chemical toilets. Each site accommodates up to 75 people. Open all year. New Jersey Residents: $3 per person, per night; Non-Residents: $5 per person, per night. Lean-tos: Fourteen lean-tos with propane heaters. Each accommodates up to six people. Outdoor picnic table, fire ring and grill. Flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities are within walking distance. ADA Accessible. Open all year. New Jersey Residents: $40 per night; Non-Residents: $45 per night Group Cabin: East Creek Cabin - furnished living room with fireplace, full kitchen, two bunkrooms with double bunks, bathrooms, showers, outdoor campfire rings. Accommodates up to 30 people. Located on a lake and accessible to East Creek Trail. Picnic grove, boat dock, ballfield. ADA Accessible. Open year round. New Jersey Residents: $175 per night; Two-night minimum; Non-Residents: $185 per night; Two-night minimum Yurts: Five yurts. Circular tents built on a wood frame, featuring wood floors, a deck and plexiglass skylight. Each yurt has a lockable wood door, window screens and flaps, and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Accessible to persons with disabilities. New Jersey Residents: $35 per night; Non-Residents: $40 per night.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • ADA Accessible
  • BICYCLING
  • Ball Field
  • Bath House
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Campground Host
  • Canoe Rental
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • DINING
  • Dock
  • Dump Station
  • Emergency Services
  • Field Sports/Activities
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Station
  • Fishing Lake
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Grills
  • Grocery Store
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Hospital
  • INTERPRETIVE EXHIBIT/DISPLAY
  • Information/Contact station
  • Inlet/Sound
  • Interpretive Center
  • LODGING, CABINS
  • Lake
  • Lifeguards (seasonal)
  • Mobile Food Service
  • Motel
  • Mountain Bike Trail
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Study
  • Newspapers
  • Ocean/Beach
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Programs, Nature
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • RETAIL, SEASONAL CONCESSIONS
  • RETAIL, SUPPLIES
  • Recreation Programs
  • Rentals, Boats, Canoe
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail, snacks
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Shopping
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Swimming - Ocean
  • Telephone
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trash/Recycling Receptacles
  • Walking
  • Water
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Alerts and Important Information
Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance. Belleplain also has pet friendly campsites. It is a carry in carry out area. Highway signs areprovided along the route to guide motorists to the forest.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE-You must sign for your own site. Have your equipment with you and be ready to camp when you register. Make and license plates of all vehicles must be provided at registration.
OCCUPANCY-Limited to 6 individuals per campsite unless group site. Only 2 vehicles permitted on any campsite. Extra vehicles will be required to park in a designated area (additional fees will apply).
AGE REGULATIONS-Campsites must be registered and occupied by a responsible person 18 years of age or older.
QUIET HOURS-From 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., and are strictly enforced. Violators of this policy may be evicted.
GENERATORS- May be used except during quiet hours. If the use of a generator is deemed unreasonably loud by the facility staff then individual use of a generator may be prohibited/limited.
FIRES-Must be built in fire rings provided. Only dead and down wood may be used for fuel. No chainsaws are allowed in campgrounds, and cutting down trees, alive or dead is prohibited.
The beach is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The snack bar and all beach equipment rentals are available during this period.
Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised, due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.
Boats requiring gas or oil are not permitted.
There are bear in the area. Please keep a clean campsite. Use dumpsters located in campgrounds and do not leave food out.
Waterfront access in campgrounds is limited to campers registered in those specific sites.
Additional parking for registered campers and their guests is available in the campground for an additional fee.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.28917, -74.82694
39°17'21"N, 74°49'37"W

The Forest Office can be reached via the Garden State Parkway by taking exit 17 southbound to route 9 and 550 or exit 13 northbound

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST
1 Henkinsifkin RD
Woodbine NJ 08270

Phone Number:

Information: 6098612404