While it seems like everything is closing, we found something that is staying open: state parks and wildlife management areas for "passive recreation."

However, enclosed facilities and campgrounds are closing.

NJDEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today that public may still access state parks, forests, recreation areas, and wildlife management areas, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes, and other open space areas for healthful passive recreation.

However, campgrounds, visitor centers, nature centers, restrooms, and similar facilities at state parks, forests, recreation areas, Wildlife Management Areas and historic sites are closed until further notice.

The DEP says entry fees normally collected by state parks will be waived, however, some permits are still necessary.

“Keeping state-owned open spaces available to the public is important so people can continue to enjoy the healthful benefits of recreation and being outdoors,” Commissioner McCabe said. “We advise the public to practice social distancing while enjoying our open spaces.”

In addition, the DEP is postponing all upcoming events, programming, and camping reservations in State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas through April 30th. Refunds will be issued.


SOURCE: NJ DEP press release, 3/16/20

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