National Parks / Natural World

Bass River State Forest Tuckerton

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Bass River State Forest
S Fire Lane
Tuckerton
NJ
08087
Tel: 609 296 1114

Where are we going today?

Did you know that the Bass River State Forest was the first forest that was acquired by the beautiful state of New Jersey? Yep! In fact, it was all the way back in 1905. so imagine all the families that have enjoyed it over the past century! Quite a few we imagine!

Bass State Forest still makes a fun and adventurous family outing for all ages. The highlight is Lake Absegami, which is 67 acres of man-made lake created back in the 1930s. It was made as a place where visitors could swim, and enjoy those water activities they loved. 

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the lake still is the best place to enjoy some swimming, as a lifeguard is on duty to keep everyone safe! There is also an area with showers, restrooms and a changing area so very family friendly indeed!

If you pick up a fishing license, you can try and catch those freshwater species including sunfish, catfish and pickerel. 

During the summer months, there is a canoe, rowboat and kayak concession so you can actually get right out onto the water, and enjoy a view of Bass River State Forest from a whole new angle!

For those families who prefer to stick to land, there are eight easy walking trails that range from as easy as 1 mile. There are some pretty incredible sights to see along the trains, including forested areas, streams, and once bustling towns!

Camping is a popular pastime within the forest too, so why not make a weekend of it and enjoy those tent and trailer sites. They have group camping too!

Nature really is calling at this beautiful New Jersey forest, so get those walking shoes on, and let's get exploring!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$2 pp or $10-$20/vehicle Memorial - Labor Days
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Sunrise to Sunset, daily. Day use area 8am - dusk.

All year round

Teachers corner

They offer natural and historical interpretive programs across the year, so give them a call to book your spot!.

I'm Hungry!

They sell refreshments at the swimming area at the concession stand.

Healthy Eating!

Located near the beach are 74 picnic tables with charcoal grills so why not bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy it under the sun! Always carry plenty of bottled water with you, especially if you are heading out on hikes.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you take your hats and sunscreen to look after yourself!.

Doing our bit

They like to keep you safe, so there is a lifeguard on duty at the swimming area from 10am - 6pm between Memorial Day to Labor Day, as well as a basic first aid area..

Need a little extra help?

The Bass River State Forest recreational facilities are partially accessible for persons with disabilities, however the trails aren't. Speak to staff if you have any questions.

Can I get one of those?

There is a beach concession where you can pick up beach supplies.

More information

They have a carry in / carry out policy so make sure you help them keep the forest clean and take anything you bring back out with you again.

What people are saying?

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    I have been here more times than I can remember, my wife and daughter love coming out here and relaxing all weekend long. It really is a miniature vacation at a fraction of the cost, heading back home we are all completely relaxed every single time.

    As far as the previous comments regarding racist staff members, not true at all. Being Puerto Rican with a Mexican wife who speaks no English at all would make us a pretty easy target for racism. These guys are great, the place is awesome, and the experience keeps us coming back week after week,...Read More

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    this is completed sucks, to many snakes and too much poison ivy, the police is very racist, the only nice is the lake, definitely this is not for camping just for only a day is not grass only gravel and sand. not for Spanish family the white people is too racist you can feel and see it.

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    In this campsite is totally restricted the police pass all the night bodering us as family. We were looking for a peaceful space to relax for a weekend, but it was totally stressful for my family. I won't recommend this place for anybody.

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    Camped in a tent on north side, this place is huge! It was quiet, not over crowded when we went, didn't hear any dogs which is good. Sites are clean, well spaced, and large. We drove thru and picked one before we checked in. Downside is the state of the bathrooms, not very modern, and not cleaned properly every day.
    The lake is beautiful for swimming, we kayaked on it and had a blast. We didn't get chance to hike but there are many trails. Would be great place for biking with the kids as the roads are paved.

    Overall very clean and just a great...Read More

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    Not crowded, i didnt like the facs that police and rangers patroled every five minute. Limited privacy, everything is see through. 25$ tent site.

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by jaime garay

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I have been here more times than I can remember, my wife and daughter love coming out here and relaxing all weekend long. It really is a miniature vacation at a fraction of the cost, heading back home we are all completely relaxed every single time.

As far as the previous comments regarding racist staff members, not true at all. Being Puerto Rican with a Mexican wife who speaks no English at all would make us a pretty easy target for racism. These guys are great, the place is awesome, and the experience keeps us coming back week after week, year after year.

Yes, the police patrol often, you want them around in order to prevent incidents where people may be sneaking in alcohol and causing problems for families just looking to have a good time. I would rather deal with police visits than the problems routinely associated with no police presence. Especially with young children.

I would recommend this if you are looking for a place to get away from the routine of every day life. great place to unwind and lose track of time in. I bring my tent, inflatable raft, Nikon DSLR, and leave with great pictures of an awesome time with every visit.

by Stephen Goodwin

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Camped in a tent on north side, this place is huge! It was quiet, not over crowded when we went, didn't hear any dogs which is good. Sites are clean, well spaced, and large. We drove thru and picked one before we checked in. Downside is the state of the bathrooms, not very modern, and not cleaned properly every day.
The lake is beautiful for swimming, we kayaked on it and had a blast. We didn't get chance to hike but there are many trails. Would be great place for biking with the kids as the roads are paved.

Overall very clean and just a great location to camp. Also supermarket etc is just 10 min drive. Stewarts on rt9 was awesome!

The Weather

Thursday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 52° F / 11° C
Humidity: 86 %
Wind: NW - 3 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 49° F / 9° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: ESE - 4 MPH

Saturday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 57° F / 14° C
Humidity: 84 %
Wind: WSW - 5 MPH

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