Summer Lake Escapes
New Jersey has plenty of options when it comes to campgrounds and RV parks, but for a truly unforgettable experience, choose one of the especially scenic campgrounds, resorts and cabins along a lake. Here, you can spend sunny days swimming, boating and fishing and cool nights gathered around the campfire.
Beachcomber Camping Resort
Cape May, Southern Shore Region
Take the whole family to this amenity-packed resort, offering two freshwater lakes: one for fishing and the other for swimming, boating, stand-up paddle boarding and enjoying the sandy beach. After settling into your tee-pee, cabin, tiny house or campsite, let the kids loose at the arcade, horseshoe pits or one of the game courts for basketball, volleyball and bocce. Three pool complexes also offer plenty of water fun for all ages. When you need a break from the kiddos, retreat to the adults-only clubhouse, or stop by the onsite store to pick up a bottle of locally made wine from Natali Vineyard.
Belhaven Lake RV Resort
Green Bank, Greater Atlantic City Region
Packed with amenities for the whole family, this RV and camping resort is located on a scenic 30-acre lake, where you can take your pick from 300 wooded campsites. Rent a paddle boat or canoe to explore the lake, fish along the shoreline, or go for a swim in the onsite swimming pool. Kids will love the playground and craft activities, as well as playing basketball, volleyball and horseshoes, while parents will love the comfort amenities, such as hot showers, laundromats, firewood and restroom facilities.
Camp Glen Gray
Mahwah, Gateway Region
Sprawling 800 miles in the Ramapo Mountains, this reservation just an hour’s drive from New York City offers a picturesque retreat for families and groups every weekend, year-round. Choose from a range of cabins and tent sites, and then enjoy the camp’s crown jewel: the glittering Lake Vreeland, where you can rent a rowboat and throw in a fishing line to enjoy the blue waters. Make sure to bring a Frisbee to toss around on Mary Post Field, and pack your hiking boots to explore miles of trails throughout the area.
Lake Kandle Campground
Washington Township, Delaware River Region
For camping with your motorhome, RV or pop-up (no tent camping), this family-friendly spot offers plenty of lakefront action: a swimming lake with docks, a rope swing and tube slide, as well as boat rentals. With numerous pools and a splash pad for little ones, all ages can find water fun to suit their style.
Mohican Outdoor Center
Blairstown, Skylands Region
Perched on a glacial lake surrounded by woodlands in the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, this Appalachian Mountain Club facility offers self-service cabins and campsites for groups of all sizes. Stay just steps from Catfish Pond at when you book the Larch View Cabin, or one of the lakeside campsites. For large family reunions, rent the group cabins or campsites, as well as the waterfront boathouse for special events.
Turkey Swamp Park Campgrounds
Freehold, Shore Region
Enjoy the 17-acre lake at this 2,266-acre park, where primitive wilderness offers a secluded retreat. Set up camp at one of the designated sites and enjoy comfort amenities such as modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry. Rent a canoe or kayak to explore the lake, drop in a fishing line, test your aim at the archery range, or take to one of the multi-use and fitness trails that lattice across the park.