Go Tenting At These NJ State Parks; All State Parks Free This Summer season

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NEW JERSEY – Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and if camping is on your agenda, it’s not too late to make reservations at your favorite state park or local campground.

Also this week, Gov. Murphy announced that starting Memorial Day weekend, admission to all New Jersey state parks, forests and recreation areas will be free throughout the summer. This is due to excess funds in the proposed fiscal year 2023 budget and is intended to improve affordability and opportunity in New Jersey.

Admission fees at all state parks will be waived for all visitors this summer, regardless of state residency. Anyone who has already purchased a 2022 State Park Annual Pass will automatically receive a full refund.

However, note that other individual park fees still apply, including camping permits, information programs, and mobile sport fishing permits.

Lifeguards at Island Beach State Park, the only oceanfront swimmable beach managed by the State Park Service, will begin duty Saturday, May 28 at 10 am.

Lakefront lifeguards are expected to be on duty at nine swimming areas throughout the state park system by mid-June. Park users can check the current operational status of their favorite swimming area on the State Park Service website.

Do you or your child need a holiday job? The State Park Service continues to recruit lifeguards at all swimming areas throughout New Jersey. Salaries start at $17.50 per hour on lakefront beaches, while oceanfront guards at Island Beach State Park start at $18.50 per hour. Previous experience is not required, but candidates are required to pass running and swimming tests before being hired. Apply today at nj.gov/dep/workinparks

While it may be too late to snag your favorite spot, there are still plenty of spots available at these nearby parks and campgrounds:

ALLAIRE STATE PARK, FARMINGDALE Reserve Your Spot (CLICK HERE)

BASS RIVER STATE FOREST, TUCKERTON Reserve Your Spot (CLICK HERE)

BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST, WOODBINE Reserve your spot (CLICK HERE)

BRENDAN T BYRNE STATE FOREST, NEW LISBON Reserve your spot (CLICK HERE)

JENNY JUMP STATE FOREST, HOPE Reserve your spot (CLICK HERE)

PARVIN STATE PARK, PITTSGROVE Reserve Your Spot (CLICK HERE)

ROUND VALLEY RECREATION AREA, LEBANON Reserve your spot (CLICK HERE)

STOKES STATE FOREST, BRANCHVILLE Reserve your spot (CLICK HERE)

SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK, SWARTSWOOD Reserve Your Spot (CLICK HERE)

WHARTON STATE FOREST, HAMMONTON Reserve Your Spot (CLICK HERE)

Not sure where to go? Check out CampgroundReviews.com to see photos of which sites got top marks for amenities and tips from other campers.