National Parks / Natural World
Round Valley Recreation Area Lebanon
Where is it at?
Round Valley Recreation Area
1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road
Tel: 908 236 6355
Take I-78 east to exit 18 (Route 22 east), follow signs to the park.
Where are we going today?
Nature really is incredible, and it's pretty special when families can get out there and experience it first hand - which is where parks such as the Round Valley Recreation Area come in!
The highlight of this beautiful New Jersey park is the Round Valley Reservoir, and it's brisk, blue waters. Perfect for those summer days, the reservoir attractions a range of water lovers, from fishermen, boaters and of course - swimmers!
Did you know that there are 19 species of fish that call the Round Valley Reservoir home? That explains why it's so popular!
The public boat launch is north of the day use area, and canoes, kayaks, and motor boats are all welcome. Then, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, grab those bathing suits because the lifeguards are ready and waiting to keep you safe! That's right parents - no need to worry! From 10am - 6pm the swimming area has lifeguards on duty, and there is a whole beach complex with showers, changing rooms, and a first aid station.
Fancy some diving? Why not! The water clarity of the reservoir is amazing, so it's one of the best freshwater lakes in the state for skin diving and scuba diving. How exciting!
Of course, the Round Valley Recreation Area isn't just for those who like to make a splash. There are three marked trails which you can enjoy, as well as one unmarked trail.
Camping is a popular pastime at Round Valley Recreation Area, so if you want to extend your adventure, why not do so in one of the few places in the state that offers wilderness camping?
With two playgrounds and volleyball nets on the beachfront, and picnic areas, it seems that Round Valley Recreation Area really does have everything a family needs for a great time!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$2 pp or $10-$20/vehicle Memorial - Labor Days
When can we go?
Park opens 8am. Close from 4pm - 8pm seasonally.
All year round
They offer natural and historical interpretive programs throughout the year, so check the office for schedules and to register!.
Concessions are available at the swimming area for drinks and snacks.
There are three picnic areas within the recreation area; two are located on tree-shaded grassy spots at each end of the beach, and the third is on a hill overlooking the reservoir and park. At each picnic area there are tables and grills, restrooms, and playgrounds. So why not bring a tasty homecooked lunch!.
Any Top Tips?
Diving is permitted from April 1st to October 31st depending on water conditions. Scuba divers must be certified. Make sure you register at the office, and have a dive buddy.
Doing our bit
From 10am - 6pm Memorial Day to Labor Day they have a certified lifeguard on duty at the swimming area, as well as a first aid area to keep you safe!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff about the accessibility of trails and the areas you want to visit.
Can I get one of those?
They have beach supplies available to purchase from the swimming area.
They have a carry in / carry out policy so take all your trash with you when you leave.
What people are saying?
by karina ortega
It has a nice view its just that the life guards r worthless they don't care about any 1. Sum kids next to me were drowning screaming for there lives.. they must have stepped in a dip so when I reached for one of the kids he sunked me into the dip so I too along with the two other kids were drowning screaming for my life n I remember them just starring at me doing nothing n there was a lot of people around. Until my husband holding my too young kids grabbed me sinking them in as well until I felt the ground I took my kids so that my husband can...Read More
by Jose Roman
We go there every year at least twice in the summer. Nice to rest under a shade and the lake is not to bad. I would recommend it
by Dennis Mabrey
The round trip hike can be a bit long and in parts can be strenuous but not overly so. Great place to hike and is wonderful in the winter. Don't think I would swim at the "beach" they seem to close it often due to "contamination" but the trail and some of the views are great for NJ.
by George Laputka
Nice place very clean water.trophy trout in cool deep water.Boating regulations are enforced especially weekends between memorial and labor day.A lot of shoreline fishing and kayakers occasional windsurfers.Launch permit needed unles you have a NJ fishing or hunting license
by Fernando Albarran
by karina ortega
It has a nice view its just that the life guards r worthless they don't care about any 1. Sum kids next to me were drowning screaming for there lives.. they must have stepped in a dip so when I reached for one of the kids he sunked me into the dip so I too along with the two other kids were drowning screaming for my life n I remember them just starring at me doing nothing n there was a lot of people around. Until my husband holding my too young kids grabbed me sinking them in as well until I felt the ground I took my kids so that my husband can take the two kids that were still drowning.. its just so fusturating having these stupid life guards they were probably on there phones they need to hire ppl with more experience