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NJ state parks and wildlife management areas available for passive recreation; enclosed facilities, campgrounds, recreation areas closed

TRENTON, NJ –Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced Monday that public may still access the 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 in order to protect public health and safety as the state works to address COVID-19, McCabe said.

Given the lack of services for the public, entry fees normally collected by state parks will be waived. Additionally, permits typically required including but not limited to mobile sport fishing permits (ie. beach buggy permits) are still necessary, McCabe said.

This approach will allow important access to outdoor activities such as walking to continue while limiting potential exposure and spread of the virus, McCabe said.

“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. We advise the public to practice social distancing while enjoying our open spaces,” McCabe said.

Staff and Law Enforcement Personnel will continue to conduct routine patrols of open spaces to ensure public safety and general wellbeing of the visiting public.

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

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