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Catfish Fire Tower in Warren County celebrates 100 years of standing watch

HARDWICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – The Catfish Fire Tower in Warren County is celebrating it’s 100th birthday this year.

The Catfish Fire Tower is located in Hardwick Township along the Appalachian Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The tower is staffed during times of moderate to high fire danger and will continue to watch over the forests of New Jersey for many years to come, according to the Section A3 District Warden’s Association.

Catfish Fire Tower was constructed in 1922, replacing a wooden tower. In 1993 the 7×7-foot cab was rebuilt on this 60’ Aermotor LS-40 tower, the association said.

Catfish Fire Tower stats:

  • 60 feet tall
  • Elevation of 1,555 feet making it the highest fire tower in New Jersey
  • Cab Size is 7ft x 7ft

On a clear day you can see the Catskill Mountains.

During times the fire tower is staffed you can visit the tower and even go into the cab with the tower operator, as long as the operator is not actively working a fire, the association said.

You will see spectacular views and make sure you sign their guest book. The association says about 1,500 visitors a year sign their guest book.

If you are interested in becoming a New Jersey Forest Fire crew member, contact the New Jersey Forest Fire Service Division A Headquarters in Andover at 973-786-6350

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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