Established in 1914 as New Jersey's first state park, Swartswood is well known for its great fishing and tranquil surroundings. Little Swartswood and Swartswood Lake were formed by glaciers thousands of years ago and are now home to a variety of fish.
Whether you are on land or water, there is always a chance you will catch a glimpse of the spectacular wildlife in Swartswood from bald eagles to the unique plant life found in our sinkhole ponds. The park is open year round with a variety of recreational activities. Call for park hours.
Swimming is available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day with certified, trained lifeguards on duty for your safety. During the summer, colorful sailboats take to the water either on a leisurely sail around the lake or while participating in the sailing regattas scheduled throughout the season.
Secluded picnic areas overlooking the lake can be found throughout the park with picnic tables and grills available at each site. For overnight stays, camping is available April - Oct. Call for more information or to make a reservation.
The park also features fishing, hunting, picnic tables, picnic shelters, group picnic area, playground, food concession, boating / canoeing, (electric motors only), trailer launch, cartop launch, boat and canoe rentals (Swartswood Boat Rentals).
Swimming (Swartswood Lake), shower facility. Winter sports include ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing (at own discretion), birding, bird observation facility. Trails include Duck Pond Multi-Use Trail, Spring Lake Trail, Bear Claw Trail, Grist Mill Trail, handicapped accessible trail, biking, mountain biking, horseback riding.