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SPRUCE RUN RECREATION AREA, NJ

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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...

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Description

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.


For campers we offer 67 tent and trailer sites and three shelters with fire rings and picnic tables. Modern restrooms and showers are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary dump station is open April 1 through October 31.


Several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the park. For larger groups, we also offer a reservable picnic area with shelter. This picnic area can accommodate approximately 200 people. It may be reserved for a fee. Please call the park office for availability and reservations ( 908)638-8572.


Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations. Please contact park office for more details.

Geography:

The Spruce Run campground is located on a peninsula in the Spruce Run Reservoir. Several sites are located along the waters edge and many others enjoy a view of the reservoir.

Recreation:

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the park offers a swimming beach staffed with lifeguards. Restrooms and shower facilities are available to the public at this time.


Six picnic areas spaciously located in wooded and open areas overlooking the reservoir. Includes tables, charcoal grills and restroom facilities. For larger groups, we also offer a Group Picnic Area, by reservation only.


The reservoir is a popular destination for motor boating (10hp limit), sailing (30 feet above the water line height limit), canoe/kayaking, and windsurfing. The park has its own boat launch and car-top launch areas. Boat rentals are available seasonally.


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. www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw


The park offers scenic views and leisurely hiking, including access to the Highlands Trail. From the pathways throughout the park one can enjoy year-round birding.

Facilities:

Waterfront campsites, restrooms with showers, a trailer sanitary dump station, a boat launch, a car-top boat launch, boat rentals, a sandy beach with a bathhouse, and great fishing are just a few highlights that make this recreation area a popular destination.

Nearby Attractions:

5 miles to the town of Clinton, NJ and the historic Clinton Red Mill.


Close proximity to many outdoor pursuits, such as hiking, cycling, fishing, hunting and boating.


1.5 hrs from New York City


Lots of wonderful local restaurants and shopping.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Accessible Facility
  • Basketball Net/Court
  • Bath House
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Lake
  • Flower Viewing
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Nature Study
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Stargazing
  • Stream/Creek
  • Sunbathing
  • Telephone
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Arboretum
  • Archery
  • Art & Museum
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Churches
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing River
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Hospital
  • Medical Clinic
  • Mountain Biking
  • Propane
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
Alerts and Important Information

There are NO PETS and NO ALCOHOL allowed in the campgrounds. 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. 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 park, 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 park 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 are restricted to having a 10 Horsepower or less on Reservoir.


There are bear in the area. Please keep a clean campsite. Use dumpsters located in park 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 park for an additional fee.

You must stop in at the park office and register for your site upon arrival. If you arrive after office hours you must check in the following morning by 9:00am.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SPRUCE RUN RECREATION AREA
68 Van Syckles Rd
Clinton  NJ  08809

Phone Number:

Information:  (908)638-8572