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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.

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


Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Mar 18 2015   Later Dates


Wawayanda State Park was purchased with Green Acres funds beginning with the 1961 bond act. The park opened to the public in 1963. Wawayanda State Park is rich in history. The remains of the iron-smelting town of Double Pond lie along the northern shore of Wawayanda Lake. Operated during the 19th century, the charcoal blast furnace is the only remnant of a once-thriving village. Visitors are invited to observe the raceways and foundations that were once part of this industrial town. The focal point of Wawayanda State Park is the pristine 255-acre Wawayanda Lake and the numerous water related recreational activities. Almost one-third of the park has been preserved as designated natural areas.


Rock outcrops, dense woods and wetlands characterize the 40,000 acres of Wawayanda State Park. Located in Sussex and Passaic counties atop the Wawayanda Plateau along the New York border, the park is a refreshing oasis for nature and recreation.


Swimming- we offer a refreshing lake with a lifeguarded beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Group camping- Campsites are available from April 1- October 31, with a minimum requirement of 7 people per site.

Boating- boat launch available for personal watercraft, as well as a boat rental which offers: rowboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats and electric motor boats. Gas motors are not permitted in the lake.

Picnicking- several areas available, both shaded and open. We offer tables and grills. You may also bring your own grill if desired.

Trails- over 60 miles of hiking trails throughout the park. There is a 19.6 mile section of the Appalachian Trail that runs through the park as well.

Fishing- many species of game fish can be found in Wawayanda Lake. Landlocked salmon have been introduced to the lake beginning in 2006. Only a handful of deep lakes in New Jersey offer suitable year-round habitat for cold-water fish such as trout and salmon. A valid New Jersey fishing license is required.

Hunting- over 95% of the park is open for hunting. A valid New Jersey hunting license is required.

Winter activities- we offer snowmobiling trails, cross-country skiing trails, snowshoeing trails, ice fishing.


Swimming beach, food concession (seasonal), Boat launch ramp, Boat rentals, playground, picnic tables, grills, ball fields, volleyball court, group campsites, hiking trails, biking trails, geocaching opportunities.

Nearby Attractions:

Wawayanda State Park is just one of many State Parks located in the Northern Region. High Point State Park, Stokes State Forest, Ringwood State Park and Swartswood State Park are all within an hour drive. Mountain Creek Waterpark is about fifteen minutes away. The Delaware River and Delaware Water Gap are also close enough for visiting families to enjoy. Our location also provides easy access to New York and Pennsylvania attractions.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Ball Field
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Pedal
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Field Sports/Activities
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Lake
  • Fishing River
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact station
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • Lake
  • Lifeguards (seasonal)
  • Mobile Food Service
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Rent Paddle Boat
  • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
  • Rentals, Boat, Pedal
  • Rentals, Boats, Canoe
  • Rentals, Boats, Kayaks
  • Restrooms
  • River
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Telephone
  • Town
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Historic Structure/Feature
  • Interpretive Waysides
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Churches
  • Convenience Store
  • Fruit/Produce Picking
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Orchard/Produce Farm
  • Restaurant
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Theme Park
  • Winery Tours
Alerts and Important Information

Pets are not permitted in camping areas.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all New Jersey State Park areas.

Check in is at NOON. Check out is at NOON.

Quiet hours are from 10:00pm to 6:00am.

Firewood is available for purchase at the park office from 9am-4pm daily.

Minimum age- campsites are to be reserved by at least one person, age 18 or older, who shall occupy and remain responsible for the site during the rental period.

Visitors are permitted from 8am-8pm. Applicable parking fees shall be paid upon entry.

Group Campsites can be reserved for a minimum of one night up to 14 consecutive nights.

Black Bears are present in New Jersey. You are required to keep a clean campsite. Dispose of trash in a prompt manner in appropriate receptacles. Bear Boxes have been provided at each campsite for your use, these are not trash receptacles, however, you may secure food/coolers inside. Do not leave food or food-related items unattended at your campsite.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.18333, -74.44944
41°11'0"N, 74°26'58"W

ROUTE 3 West to ROUTE 46 West to ROUTE 23 North.
Take ROUTE 23 North to Union Valley Road exit.
Take Union Valley Road for about 6 miles to Stop sign.
Go straight at Stop Sign to the 2nd Traffic Light (Shop-Rite Shopping Center on the Northwest Corner) and turn Left, keeping on Union Valley Road. Go another ¾ mile to a fork in the road and bear Left onto White Road (West Milford Florist is on Left).
Go another ½ mile to a Stop sign and make Left, onto Warwick Tpk. Take for 4 miles and park entrance is on Left.

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Information: (973)853-4462