Attention: All New Jersey State parks/forests are in a Stage 2 Fire Ban. All fires in wooded areas will be prohibited unless in an elevated prepared fireplace, elevated charcoal grill or stove using electricity or a liquid or gas fuel. An elevated prepared fireplace must be constructed of steel, stone, brick or concrete with its fire box elevated at least one foot above the ground surface and surrounded by at least a ten feet radius clearance to mineral soil. The ban will remain in effect from Wednesday 4/23/14 thru Thursday, April 24, 2014.

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.
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ffd.htm

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

SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK, NJ

Welcome to New Jersey’s first State Park. Since 1914, Swartswood State Park has been a landmark destination for outdoor recreation and leisure activities. Swartswood Lake is the park’s main attraction, welcoming visitors from all around to its calm waters for canoeing,...
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Mar 24 2015   Later Dates

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Alerts and Important Information
Pets are not permitted in any camping facilities.

Alcohol beverages are not permitted in any New Jersey State Park Service area.

Black bears inhabit the area. All food and coolers must be stored in vehicles at all times.

Firewood is not provided but it can be purchased at the park office.

Vehicle Limit — No more than two vehicles (including trailers) may be parked at a camping facility. For a $5.00 fee, additional vehicles may be parked in our visitor parking area.

Visitors are allowed at camping facilities between 8 am and 8 pm. All visitors must pay day-use parking fees. The number of visitors may be restricted.

Quiet hours are observed between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Water, electric and sewer hook-ups are not provided at campsites.

Generators are not permitted as a courtesy for all campers. Campsites were designed primarily for tent camping.

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Overview

Description

Welcome to New Jersey’s first State Park. Since 1914, Swartswood State Park has been a landmark destination for outdoor recreation and leisure activities. Swartswood Lake is the park’s main attraction, welcoming visitors from all around to its calm waters for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and swimming. Overnight facilities and trails are within walking distance of the lake. With the exception of swimming and camping, Little Swartswood Lake offers all the same opportunities in a smaller setting. Whether you prefer land or water, winter or summer, the park is open year-round with something for everyone.

Geography:

Swartswood State Park is located in Northwest New Jersey in the Ridge and Valley region of Sussex County, five miles west of Newton. The formation of Swartswood Lake began more than 10 million years ago when the limestone and dolomite beneath the valley floor began to dissolve, causing the creation of sinkholes and caverns. Eventually, Swartswood Lake was created as retreating glaciers eroded and scoured the area over 10,000 years ago.

Recreation:

Swartswood State Park provides opportunities for all types of outdoor recreation including camping, swimming, fishing, boating (electric motors only), picnicking, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hunting, ice fishing and horseback riding (near-by). For some, just relaxing and enjoying the scenery is enough.

Our lakes are an important ecological and recreational resource. Visitors come from all around for an opportunity to go swimming, boating or fishing in our lakes. Many just come to relax along the shores. The lakes are also home to a healthy bald eagle population. Daily sightings of a mature or immature bald eagle are common. Swartswood Lake is 519-acres and Little Swartswood Lake is 75-acres. Boat launches are available on both lakes. Only electric motors are permitted.

The beach is located in one of several tranquil coves on the 519-acre lake. The swimming area is staffed with lifeguards from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

Facilities:

For your convenience, restroom facilities, showers, changing areas and first aid station are located near the beach. The food concession stand is also located within our beach area complex. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, the concession sells food, refreshments and basic supplies.

Secluded picnic areas overlooking the lake can be found throughout the park with picnic tables and grills available at each site.

A group picnic pavilion that can accommodate a maximum of 80 people may be reserved for a fee year round.

A sand volleyball pit, basketball court, playgrounds and open playing fields are located near the picnic areas and are available on a first come first serve basis.

Boat rentals are available in the park on a seasonal basis from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day.

Campsites: We offer the choice of wooded or grassy campsites in a natural setting within walking distance of Swartswood Lake and all park amenities. All sites vary in size and shape. Large sites are approximately 55 X 45’; medium 50’ X 35’; small 35’ X 25’. This is just a guide to help choose a campsite. Each site includes a fire ring, picnic table and lantern holder. Maximum occupancy is six. Facilities include a boat launch, drinking water, restrooms and showers. Campsites 1-21 are open year round. Campsites 22-65 are open April 1 through October 31.

Group Campsites: Three group sites are located across the road from the park office in a secluded area by Duck Pond. Each site has a large picnic table, fire ring, lantern holder and raised grill to accommodate groups. Minimum occupancy is seven and maximum is twenty. Potable sanitary facilities are available near the sites. Water, flush toilets and showers are located in the main campground within walking distance (2100 ft. across county route 619). Open April 1 through October 31.

Yurts: Five yurts located on top of a shady ridge are considered a unique feature in our park. A yurt is a circular canvas tent structure built on a wooden lattice frame with a concrete floor. Each yurt has a skylight, lockable door, screened windows with flaps, a shelf and two double deck bunks that can sleep up to four. We also provide a fire ring, picnic table and lantern holder. Additional tents are not permitted on yurt sites. Open April 1 through October 31.

Nearby Attractions:

Swartswood State Park is just one of many New Jersey State Parks in Sussex County. High Point State Park, Stokes State Forest, Kittatiny Valley State Park and Worthington State Forest are all within an hour drive.

The nearby Delaware River and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area also offer many recreational activities for visiting families to enjoy.

Booking Window
Fri Apr 25 2014 - Tue Mar 24 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Tue Apr 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • BATHHOUSE
  • Boat Concession
  • Boat Launch
  • Dock, Boat
  • Food Concession
  • Multi Use Trails
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • RV/Trailer Sanitary Station
  • Restrooms
  • VOLLEYBALL NET
  • Water
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fees, Changes & Cancellations

FEE INFORMATION
If you make an advanced reservation, a non-refundable reservation fee of $9.25 will be charged.

Your credit card will be charged at the time that the reservation is made. Please allow up to 24 hours to receive your confirmation email.

Beginning January 1, 2014, if you make a walk-in registration at a park office, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged.

CHANGES
There is a $7.00 non-refundable reservation change fee required to make a change to any reservation.

Changes must be made prior to your check in date. Changes can be made online (www.ReserveAmerica.com) or by calling 1-855-607-3075.

Any changes made on the check in date are handled at the park office.

It is recommended that you change rather than cancel and rebook a site, because the fees are less.

Note: Reservations made 11 months in advance of the check in date must wait 16 days from the day the reservation was made before it can be changed.

CANCELLATIONS
The $9.25 reservation fee is non-refundable.

All cancellations/changes to a reservation will incur a $7.00 cancellation transaction fee.

Cancellations can be made online (www.ReserveAmerica.com) or by calling 1-855-607-3075.

The cancellation policy for campsites is: $40NJ Resident/$50 Out of State Resident or a two night use fee (whichever is less) will be deducted from any refund due.

The cancellation policy for all other overnight facilities (cabins, group cabins, shelters, lean-tos and yurts) depends on when the cancellation is made.

  • If you cancel seven days or less prior to your check in date, a one night use fee in addition to the $7.00 cancellation transaction fee, will be deducted from any refund due.
  • If you cancel eight days or more prior to your check in date, only the $7.00 cancellation transaction fee will be deducted.

EARLY DEPARTURE POLICY
The early departure policy for campsites is: If any portion of your stay is cancelled after check in: the total number of nights you occupied the site (based on check out time) in addition to $40 NJ Resident/$50 Out of State Resident or a two night use fee (whichever is less) will be deducted from any refund due.

The early departure policy for all other overnight facilities (cabins, group cabins, shelters, lean-tos and yurts) is: If any portion of your stay is cancelled after check in: the total number of nights you occupied the site (based on check out time) in addition to a one night use fee will be deducted from any refund due.


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Yurt $35.00-$40.00
Tent Only $20.00-$25.00
Group Camping $3.00-$5.00
Family Camping $20.00-$25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.07381, -74.81878
41°4'26"N, 74°49'8"W

From Rt. 80, (West from NY or East from PA) take exit 25, Rt. 206 North to Newton, about 12 miles. From Newton, Make a left at the 2nd traffic light (Rt. 206 and Spring St.) then make a left at the next light on Rt. 519 North. Follow Rt. 519 North for approximately ½ mile to the next light and make a left on Rt. 622 at Sussex County College sign. Follow Rt. 622 for 4 ½ miles. Turn Left on Rt. 619. The park entrance is 1 mile south on Rt. 619.

GPS Address: Swartswood State Park 1091 East Side Rd. Newton NJ
DMS 41 04’ 25.7” N 74 49’ 07.62” W
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK
PO Box 123
Swartswood NJ 07877

Phone Number:

Information: (973)383-5230
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