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Bass River State Forest
BASS RIVER STATE FOREST
BASS RIVER STATE FOREST
762 Stage Rd
Tuckerton, New Jersey   08087

Phone: 609-296-1114
Bass River State Forest
'Sunday Afternoon'

Sept, 2010

Bass River State Forest
'Enjoy the sun'

Sept, 2010

Bass River State Forest
'Sunny day'

Sept, 2010

Bass River State Forest
'Deer in Meadow'

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Captured an image of a deer grazing in the morning.

Bass River State Forest
'Kayaker II'

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Man Kayaking on the lake.

Bass River State Forest
'Kayaker I'

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Man kayaking on the lake at Bass River.

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Bass River State Forest
'Pine Barrens Tree Frog'
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Pine Barrens Tree Frog

Bass River State Forest
'Pine Barrens Tree Frog'
© William Burns All rights reserved www.killmeart.com

Pine Barrens Tree Frog

Bass River State Forest
'Pine Barrens Tree Frog'
© William Burns All rights reserved www.killmeart.com

Pine Barrens Tree Frog

Bass River State Forest was the first forest acquired by the state of New Jersey in 1905 for public recreation, water conservation, and wildlife and timber management. Lake Absegami, a 67-acre lake created in the 1930's, is the center of the forest's recreational activities and provides an area for swimming and a serene setting for boating and canoeing. A trail through the Absegami Natural Area wanders through a pine/oak woods and a small Atlantic white cedar bog.
Cabins
Cabins: Six lakefront cabins with living room with double-deck bunk and fireplace; two bunk rooms with double-deck bunks; kitchen with running water, electric stove, refrigerator; bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink. Screened-in porch faces lake. Outdoor fire rings. Electricity. Each accommodates a maximum of six people. Cabins are located along the north shore of Lake Absegami. Open April 1 through October 31. $65 per night, $455 per week.
Camping
Campsites: 176 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities are within walking distance of all sites. No hook-ups provided. Each site accommodates a maximum of six campers, two vehicles (including trailers) and two tents. Trailer sanitary station is open March 1 through November 30. Campsites open all year. $20 per night.

Group Campsites: Six group campsites with water and pit toilets are within walking distance. Each site accommodates a maximum of 25 campers. Parking is directly on the site. Open all year. $25 per night

Lean-tos: Nine handicap accessible lean-tos each with a hardwood floor and a woodburning stove. Outdoor picnic table, fire ring and grill. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are within walking distance. Located on the south shore. Accommodates a maximum of six people. Open all year. $30 per night.

Shelters: Six lakeside shelters with two bunk rooms, one double-deck bunk in each room, a living room with a picnic table and bench, woodburning stove, fire ring and screened double door. Outdoor grill for cooking, table and benches. Flush toilets and shower facilities are nearby. Shelters are located along the north shore of Lake Absegami. Accommodates a maximum of four people. Open April 1 through October 31. $40 per night
Swimming
Swimming is permitted in Lake Absegami from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms, showers, a first-aid station and a concession building offering refreshments, novelties and beach supplies. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
Canoeing
Boating/Canoeing

A public boat launch is located north of the recreational area parking lot. Powered boats are limited to electric motors only. A rowboat concession is operated during the summer months. Coast guard approved life preservers are required.
Boating
A public boat launch is located north of the recreational area parking lot. Powered boats are limited to electric motors only. A rowboat concession is operated during the summer months. Coast guard approved life preservers are required.


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Picnicking
Located near the beach are 74 picnic tables with charcoal grills, a picnic shelter, restrooms, athletic field for games and playground. Pets are permitted at the picnic area on a six foot leash. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Trails
Trails

Bass River State Forest has eight easy walking (non-ADA accessible) trails from 1 to 3.2 miles. The 1/2 mile self-guided Absegami Trail includes a wooden foot bridge with benches. All trails start at the second parking lot at the beach. Animals, birds and plant life of the Pine Barrens may be found. A trail brochure is available at the office, or on the portion of the Pink Trail that passes through the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp near East Greenbush Road. This guide describes the camp foundations.

Batona Trail

This easy walking trail, well marked with pink blazes, runs for 50 miles through Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest and Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, crossing streams and passing through forested areas that were once bustling towns with names such as Four Mile, Butler, Martha and Washington. This portion of the Batona Trail is maintained by the NJ State Park Service, Outdoor Club of South Jersey and the Batona Hiking Club.
Area Attractions
Absegami Natural Area (128 acres)

A nature trail loops through this wetland forest, where Atlantic white cedars share the canopy with red maple and magnolia. The Pinelands white cedar swamp and surrounding oak-pine forest community make up the Absegami Natural Area.

West Pine Plains Natural Area (3,830 acres)

This unique stunted forest ecosystem, known locally as the Pygmy Forest, is globally rare and supports an extensive forest of pine and oak trees that may obtain a canopy height of only four feet at maturity. New Jersey contains the largest acreage of this forest community type worldwide. The area also supports an endangered plant species - the broom crowberry - and numerous rare species of moths.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 30 very relaxing and peaceful by Patricia
Swimming ,walking and enjoying the Sun.The water is clean and warm, a pleasure to swim in. My family and I always have fun there.
August 25 lost class ring
my daughter lost her class ring in the lake this past summer. It has music symbols and green stone. If found return to Valley Road School, Stanhope, NJ 07874 Attn: Mrs. Heinen
June 22 years of memories by vino41
My dad first came across this lake while fishing with my grandfather over 60 years ago, it was were we went every weekend,there was nothing there but the lake and the beach. then as time went on they added the wooden covering for changing and outside wooden toilets,as the years past things got more modern then when i married started going there when my daughter who is now 51 was only 4months old,it was a great family place to go,and something that we looked forward to everyweek..But then bus loads of people started coming in and it just go over powered. so we stopped going,but myself and my children have alot of good memories and if my parents were still alive they would be happy to know that lake absegami is still going strong and evern more improved then what it was when I started going over 60years ago...looking forward to making a trip there for picnic and letting my ground children no where they went as a child is up and running...
June 1 best place to enjoy nature by cardenas family
my family and i had a lot of fun , we hope to go back soon, atte cardenas family nicolita, tecniquito, ivonne and ivan
August 22 PLEASE BE CAREFUL by MOMMY BROWN
SOMETIME WE AS HUMANS FORGET TO STOP AND THINK. THE WEEKEND OF 8/20/11 A 10 YR OLD WAS STUCK WITH A TROUBLE FISHING HOOK ON THE SIDE OF HIS FACE. SOMEONE DID NOT THINK TO GET THE HOOK OUT OF A TREE. IF YOU MUST FISH PLEASE USE CONNECTORS AND REMOVE THE HOOKS WHEN NOT IN USE.. THIS WEEKEND WAS MY FIRST EXPERIENCE IN CAMPING AND AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 60 I FOUND THE SERIENTY VERY WELL NEEDED. HOWEVER, THE BATHROOMS NEEDS TO BE CLEANED AT LEAST 4 TIMES A DAY..
July 8 by notsatisfied
We like this camping ground very much, but the toilet facilities was very dirty. I think they need to be cleaned 3 times a day.
June 9 We love Bass River by geller25
We have been going for 3 yrs now and we have more fun each time. Love you guys!
July 30 great memories by Michael Miller
I have many fond memories of the many summers spent camping at Bass River. I still camp there and visit regularly. I just find the lake,trails,and tranquility, just what a city guy needs to refuel/
July 29 Best Parks ever by Dilip Patel
i took my son here so we can bond a little and we had the best time of our life the lake and the picnic area was beautiful.
July 8 A very good place to get away by Gil
June 7 Son loved his first camp experience by DMP
My son wanted to know when we were coming back even before we left ....
May 26 great for family
i love the place. i have been going since i was 5 and now i have my two little ones.
May 5 Great Park, Great Experience by KC --
Our outing to Bass River was the first as a family and we had a terrific time. In fact, a woman captured our fishing on the lake in a water color painting and gave it to me and my son as a rememberance of our trip. The Park Police and State police frequented all areas of the park and do routine patrols all hours of the day and night. Very secure, peaceful and overall a nice experience. We were the only ones in the park for a few days until the temp warmed up and other families began to show up. We went during spring break 2010
April 23 Good choice!
Last year was our first ever camping adventure. Kids loved it! We are going to do it again this year.
January 2 best camping in jersey by lovesnature
great memories here. perfect place.
August 25 by jojeda
this place is awesome. the water is so clean. it waas my first time going and i cant wait to go back.
August 25 Long time visitor
When I was young we camped at Bass River for two weeks, every other summer for 20 years. I have just re-started that tradition with my family and we just returned from a fabulous weekend trip. The camp sites are nicely spaced and there are multiple bathrooms within walking distance of them all. We had such a great time this weekend that we have already made reservations for the coming holiday weekends.
August 10 First Timer, Loved it...
Park was excellent, sites were big, and local access to everything. Even the showers were warm... Awesome place that I will be going back to in 2 weeks.
November 12 great place to relax by ubig
nice lake i have bin going here four 26 years and still love it
November 3 Wonderful place for family get togethers by zeady
Very safe and clean place to take the grandchildren, they love it, We have started a new tradition. Taking the grands then Mom and Dad taking the children Its wonderful. Started going 5 years ago and will keep on going.
June 30 greatest park
this is the greatest park i ever took my daughter to she liked it and we think of going there more
May 25 Best family outting by mrsscheffmeyer
My family has been going to Bass River on day trips and camping trips since I was young and now I can enjoy taking my kids. It is family oriented and provides fun for all ages! We love it and would highly recommend it to any family looking to have some good quality time.


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Bass River State Forest is about 25 miles north of Atlantic City and six miles west of Tuckerton. Take the Garden State Parkway to exit 52 heading south and exit 50 heading north.

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