Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park Cheesequake State Park’s uniqueness lies in its geographical location. Not only is it situated in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, it lies in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems.

Do you have what it takes to be a New Jersey State Park Service lifeguard? Working as a state park lifeguard is one of t...
02/25/2020

Do you have what it takes to be a New Jersey State Park Service lifeguard? Working as a state park lifeguard is one of the best summer jobs around!

No prior experience is required, the State Park Service provides training and certifies all guards. Applicants must be 16 years old or older.

Salaries start at $12 per hour.

Learn more and apply today by visiting: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

Do you have what it takes to be a New Jersey State Park Service lifeguard? Working as a state park lifeguard is one of the best summer jobs around!

No prior experience is required, the State Park Service provides training and certifies all guards. Applicants must be 16 years old or older.

Salaries start at $12 per hour in most locations. Guards at Island Beach State Park and Ringwood State Park start at $13 per hour.

Lifeguard opportunities are available at the following state parks, forests and recreation areas this summer:

- Atsion Recreation Area (Wharton State Forest)
- Bass River State Forest
- Belleplain State Forest
- Cheesequake State Park
- High Point State Park and New Jersey Veterans' Memorial
- Hopatcong State Park
- Island Beach State Park
- Parvin State Park
- Ringwood State Park
- Round Valley Recreation Area
- Spruce Run Recreation Area
- Swartswood State Park
- Wawayanda State Park

Learn more and apply today by visiting: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

Cheesequake State Park
02/17/2020

Cheesequake State Park

02/11/2020
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Working as a Cheesequake State Park lifeguard is one of the best summer jobs around! But don’t just take it from us, hear what these lifeguards have to say about working in a state park all summer long.

No prior experience is required, the State Park Service provides training and certifies all guards. Applicants must be 16 years old or older.

Salaries start at $12 per hour.

Learn more and apply today by visiting: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

#NJStateParks

Working as a New Jersey state park lifeguard is one of the best summer jobs around! But don’t just take it from us, hear what these lifeguards have to say about working in a state park all summer long.

No prior experience is required, the State Park Service provides training and certifies all guards. Applicants must be 16 years old or older.

Salaries start at $12 per hour in most locations. Guards at Island Beach State Park and Ringwood State Park start at $13 per hour.

Lifeguard opportunities are available at the following state parks, forests and recreation areas this summer:

- Atsion Recreation Area (Wharton State Forest)
- Bass River State Forest
- Belleplain State Forest
- Cheesequake State Park
- High Point State Park and New Jersey Veterans' Memorial
- Hopatcong State Park
- Island Beach State Park
- Parvin State Park
- Ringwood State Park
- Round Valley Recreation Area
- Spruce Run Recreation Area
- Swartswood State Park
- Wawayanda State Park

Learn more and apply today by visiting: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

Foggy winter mornings at Cheesequake State Park. #CheesequakeStatePark #iheartNJparks
02/10/2020

Foggy winter mornings at Cheesequake State Park.

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A foggy morning on the crabbing bridge boardwalk at Cheesequake State Park.

Cheesequake has five official trails of varying lengths and difficulties that traverse through the various ecosystems of the park. The four hiking-only trails, all originating at the trailhead in the Trailhead Parking Lot, take you through the Cheesequake Natural Area. The White Trail is a multi-use loop trail for hikers and mountain-bikers.

See a full hiking map of Cheesequake State Park here:https://njparksandforests.org/parks/maps/CheesequakeTrailMapFinalDraft_reduced.pdf

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2020 State Park Passes are now available for purchase online!Annual park passes are $50 for New Jersey residents, and $7...
12/06/2019

2020 State Park Passes are now available for purchase online!

Annual park passes are $50 for New Jersey residents, and $75 for those who live outside of the state.

Order today: https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/nj

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

Looking for a holiday gift for the outdoors enthusiast in your life? Consider a New Jersey state parks annual pass.

Annual park passes are $50 for New Jersey residents, and $75 for those who live outside of the state.

At more than 450,000 acres, the state park system offers numerous opportunities for recreational activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, cycling, boating and kayaking, as well as providing a great way to connect with nature or learn about history.

An annual park pass provides entrance to those parks, forests and recreation areas that charge daily entrance fees.

Order yours today: https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/nj

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites
11/12/2019

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

When was the last time you visited Cheesequake State Park?

Cheesequake State Park’s uniqueness lies in its geographical location. Not only is it situated in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, it lies in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems. Open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, Pine Barrens, and a northeastern hardwood forest are the main characteristics of the park.

Learn more about Cheesequake State Park on our website: https://njparksandforests.org/parks/cheesequake.html

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks #CheesequakeStatePark

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites wants to hear from you!The State Park Service always strives for greatn...
10/23/2019
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites wants to hear from you!

The State Park Service always strives for greatness, but we need your input to make our offerings in our state parks and forests even better.

Please take a moment to fill out our brief satisfaction survey.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y9PRGHQ

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites wants to hear from you!

The State Park Service always strives for greatness, but we need your input to make our offerings in our state parks and forests even better.

Please take a moment to fill out our brief satisfaction survey.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y9PRGHQ

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

Spend your Labor Day Weekend with us at Cheesequake State Park!Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday...
08/30/2019

Spend your Labor Day Weekend with us at Cheesequake State Park!

Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

#NJStateParks

Labor Day Weekend marks the end of swim season in New Jersey's state parks and forests. Visit your favorite state park swim area holiday weekend for one last swim of the year!

Swimming is only permitted while lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

#NJStateParks

08/09/2019
New Jersey Forest Fire Service

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear!

#SmokeyBearChallenge

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service is taking part in the nation wide Smokey Bear Challenge to celebrate Smokey Bear's 75th birthday this Friday, August 9!

In our video, Smokey is reminiscing about old times with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, until the video switches to present day half way though when he is called out to a wildfire. The video is set to the song "Nostalgic" by New Jersey based band A R I Z O N A.

The video showcases many notable locations throughout New Jersey including Mt. Tammany, Storybook Land, and the Statue of Liberty just to name a few.

Don't forget to join us this Saturday, August 10, atOfficial: Liberty State Park for Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday Celebration!

Be sure to click the share button below to show your friends!

#NJForestFireService #NJFFS #SmokeyBear #SmokeyBear75

#ThrowbackThursday - August 24, 1948 at Cheesequake State Park.
07/25/2019

#ThrowbackThursday - August 24, 1948 at Cheesequake State Park.

#ThrowbackThursday - This week we are taking you back to Cheesequake State Park on August 24, 1948.

Swimming at Hooks Creek Lake continues to be a popular summer activity at Cheesequake. Lifeguards are on duty daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Learn more about Cheesequake State Park on our website: https://njparksandforests.org/parks/cheesequake.html

#NJStateParks #CheesequakeStatePark

Please bring extra water if you plan on visiting Cheesequake State Park this weekend.#NJStateParks
07/19/2019

Please bring extra water if you plan on visiting Cheesequake State Park this weekend.

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HEAT ADVISORY:

The New Jersey State Park Service would like to remind you to stay hydrated this weekend due to extreme heat.

While our state park swim areas are great places to cool off on hot days, our beach areas provide little to no shade. If you plan on spending your weekend at one of our parks or swim areas, we recommend bringing a beach umbrella, and extra water. If you plan on hiking in our state parks or state forests, please bring extra water.

All of our swim area concession stands have additional water available for purchase.

In addition, some of our scheduled outdoor programming for this weekend has been cancelled due to the extreme heat. Please call the park office before visiting to see if an activity you were planning on attending has been cancelled.

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Help Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park get inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame!VOTE TODAY: http://bit.ly/VoteFor...
07/02/2019

Help Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park get inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame!

VOTE TODAY: http://bit.ly/VoteForDRCanal

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park has been nominated to be added to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame, but we need your help!

In order for D&R Canal State Park to secure it's spot, we need YOU to VOTE! Place your vote today by visiting: http://bit.ly/VoteForDRCanal

You can vote as many times as you like between now and Wednesday, July 10.

With over 70 miles of linear multi-use path along an historic canal and additional trail networks and connections across several counties, the D&R Canal trail is one of central New Jersey's most popular recreational corridors. Park visitors enjoy canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding on and along the trail. The canal and the park are part of the National Recreation Trail System, the East Coast Greenway, and The Circuit Trails.

This linear park is also a valuable wildlife corridor connecting fields and forests. A recent bird survey conducted in the park revealed 160 species of birds, almost 90 of which nested in the park.

VOTE TODAY! http://bit.ly/VoteForDRCanal

#NJStateParks #DRCanalStatePark #iheartNJparks #RailTrailHOF

Cheesequake State Park's cover photo
07/01/2019

Cheesequake State Park's cover photo

We are pleased to announce that Cheesequake State Park's swim area will be open 7 days a week for the month of July! #NJ...
07/01/2019

We are pleased to announce that Cheesequake State Park's swim area will be open 7 days a week for the month of July!

#NJStateParks #CheesequakeStatePark

Happy July! We hope to see you at one of our state park swim areas this month.

Please note that at this time, Spruce Run Recreation Area and Hopatcong State Park are CLOSED to swimming due to an ongoing Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB). These areas will continue to be closed until the bloom subsides. More information about Harmful Algal Blooms can be found here: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/HABS.html

**These closure dates ONLY reflect days when lifeguards are off duty. All other park amenities are available during this time.

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#ThrowbackThursday - August 25, 1948 here at Cheesequake State Park!
05/02/2019

#ThrowbackThursday - August 25, 1948 here at Cheesequake State Park!

#ThrowbackThursday - This week we are taking you back to August 25, 1948 at Cheesequake State Park.

Cheesequake State Park’s uniqueness lies in its geographical location. Not only is it situated in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, it lies in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems. Open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, Pine Barrens, and a northeastern hardwood forest are the main characteristics of the park.

For more information about Cheesequake State Park visit our website: https://njparksandforests.org/parks/cheesequake.html

#NJStateParks

Swim season begins Memorial Day Weekend!  Have you purchased your 2019 State Park Pass yet?https://yourpassnow.com/ParkP...
05/02/2019

Swim season begins Memorial Day Weekend! Have you purchased your 2019 State Park Pass yet?

https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/nj

#NJStateParks

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner, have you purchased your 2019 State Park Pass yet?

New this season, you can now purchase your New Jersey State Park Pass online here: https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/nj

An annual State Park Pass costs $50 for New Jersey Residents and $75 for those who live out of state.

#NJStateParks #NJStateParkPass

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites
05/01/2019

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Yesterday, in celebration of April being National Volunteer Month, the Division of Parks and Forestry held a volunteer appreciation event at Wharton State Forest for our Officially Recognized Friends Groups.

Volunteer groups in attendance received a certificate of appreciation, had the chance to have one-on-one conversations with Director Olivia Glenn, go on a guided tour of Batsto Village, and network with other friends groups throughout the state. In addition, Assistant Commissioner Ray Bukowski was in attendance to give remarks about his time in the State Park Service and talk to individual Friends Organizations about their upcoming plans.

We look forward to holding this event annually in the future. A special thank you to Batsto Citizens Committee / Historic Batsto Village for donating the refreshments and the Accidentaljugband and friends for performing.

In addition, we would like to say thank you to the New Jersey Governor's Office of Volunteerism for collaborating with us on this event, and providing our volunteers certificates signed by NJ Department of State, Secretary of State Tahesha Way.

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Check out this red-tailed hawk that was spotted here in Cheesequake State Park!
04/30/2019

Check out this red-tailed hawk that was spotted here in Cheesequake State Park!

Take a look at this beautiful red-tailed hawk that we spotted in Cheesequake State Park!

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04/03/2019
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Spring is a beautiful time to explore Cheesequake State Park!

#NJStateParks #CheesequakeStatePark

The days have been getting longer, the birds have been chirping and it has been getting warmer, which means spring is in full swing!

We ventured out to Cheesequake State Park to see what signs of spring could be found around the park.

#NJStateParks #CheeseqaukeStatePark

You can now order your annual State Park Pass online, making it easier than ever to explore New Jersey's state parks! An...
04/02/2019

You can now order your annual State Park Pass online, making it easier than ever to explore New Jersey's state parks!

An annual State Park Pass costs $50 for New Jersey Residents and $75 for those who live out of state.

Order yours today here: https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/nj

#NJStateParks

You can now order your annual State Park Pass online, making it easier than ever to explore New Jersey's state parks!

An annual State Park Pass costs $50 for New Jersey Residents and $75 for those who live out of state.

Order yours today here: https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/nj

#NJStateParks

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites
03/20/2019

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Spring officially begins today at 5:58 pm! What spring adventures are you planning this year?

This photo of a Downy Woodpecker was taken yesterday at Cheesequake State Park.

#NJStateParks #Spring #NewJersey #DownyWoodpecker #CheesequakeStatePark

Ringwood State Park is in search of Lifeguards for the 2019 summer season! - Salaries start at $12/hour - No previous ex...
03/20/2019

Ringwood State Park is in search of Lifeguards for the 2019 summer season!

- Salaries start at $12/hour
- No previous experience required!
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older

For more information visit: https://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

03/12/2019
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Are you considering working as an Cheesequake State Park lifeguard this summer? Take it from these guards why working as a lifeguard makes the perfect summer job.

- Lifeguard salaries start at $12 an hour at Cheesequake!
- No previous experience is required
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older

You will be learning valuable life skills such as responding to emergency situations and administering first aid, CPR, AEDs and oxygen.

For more information and to apply, visit http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks or call the Cheesequake State Park office at 732-566-2161.

*Please note that these testimonials were taken at a lifeguard competition - lifeguards do not wear face paint during normal working hours.*

#NJStateParks

Are you considering working as a New Jersey State Park lifeguard this summer? Take it from these guards why working as a lifeguard makes the perfect summer job.

- Salaries start at $10 an hour
- No previous experience is required
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older

You will be learning valuable life skills such as responding to emergency situations and administering first aid, CPR, AEDs and oxygen.

For more information and to apply, visit http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks.

*Please note that these testimonials were taken at a lifeguard competition - lifeguards do not wear face paint during normal working hours.*

#NJStateParks

PARK ADVISORY:All New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites will have a delayed opening today (3/4) due to snow p...
03/04/2019

PARK ADVISORY:

All New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites will have a delayed opening today (3/4) due to snow plowing operations.

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PARK ADVISORY:

All New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites will have a delayed opening today (3/4) due to snow plowing operations.

We will continue to update this page as individual parks reopen to the public.

UPDATE - 10:30 a.m. - All state parks and forests are now partially to fully open.

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Address

300 Gordon Road
Matawan, NJ
07747

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30
Saturday 08:00 - 19:00
Sunday 08:00 - 19:00

Telephone

(732) 566-2161

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