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.

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Summer Lifeguard job opportunities remain available at Cheesequake State Park.🏊 Salaries start at $13 per hour in most l...
05/23/2021

Summer Lifeguard job opportunities remain available at Cheesequake State Park.

🏊 Salaries start at $13 per hour in most locations.

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

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

Summer Lifeguard job opportunities remain available at at the following state parks and forests:

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
- High Point State Park and New Jersey Veterans' Memorial
- Hopatcong State Park
- Wawayanda State Park
CENTRAL NEW JERSEY
- Cheesequake State Park
- Round Valley Recreation Area
SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY
- Bass River State Forest
- Island Beach State Park
- Parvin State Park
- Wharton State Forest (Atsion Recreation Area)

🏊 Salaries start at $13 per hour in most locations. Oceanfront guards at Island Beach State Park start at $14 per hour.

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

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

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Hikers, please note that the main Trailhead Parking Lot will be closed, begining Saturday, May 15 to undergo improvement...
05/14/2021

Hikers, please note that the main Trailhead Parking Lot will be closed, begining Saturday, May 15 to undergo improvements. Visitors should proceed to park at Hooks Creek Lake for access to the Blue and Yellow Trails, which connect to Red and Green Trails.

Hikers, please note that the main Trailhead Parking Lot will be closed, begining Saturday, May 15 to undergo improvements. Visitors should proceed to park at Hooks Creek Lake for access to the Blue and Yellow Trails, which connect to Red and Green Trails.

04/14/2021

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

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

🏊 Salaries start at $13 per hour in most locations. Oceanfront guards at Island Beach State Park start at $14 per hour.
🔗 Learn more and apply today by visiting: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

A related opportunity is a position as a Lifeguard Trainer for our Southern Region. Starting Salary is $22 per hour. More information: https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks/photos/4214391501906671

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Group campsites in Cheesequake State Park will reopen on May 1! Reservations begin Monday, March 22 at: http://camping.n...
03/19/2021

Group campsites in Cheesequake State Park will reopen on May 1!

Reservations begin Monday, March 22 at: http://camping.nj.gov

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State Park Service Overnight Facilities update:

The State Park Service is pleased to announce that effective Monday, March 22, primitive campsites, group campsites and additional tent/trailer campsites will be made available for reservations for the period starting April 1 through December 15 at the following locations:
- Bass River State Forest – Group Campsites – Opening April 1
- Cheesequake State Park – Group Campsites – Opening May 1
- High Point State Park and New Jersey Veterans' Memorial – Group Campsites – Opening May 1
- Round Valley Recreation Area - Group Campsites - Opening April 1
- Stokes State Forest – Additional Tent Campsites – Opening April 15
- Kittatinny Valley State Park – Group Campsites – Opening May 28
- Washington Crossing State Park – Group Campsites – Opening June 5
- Wawayanda State Park – Group Campsites – Opening April 15
- Worthington State Forest – Additional Tent Campsites – Opening May 1
- Wharton State Forest – Primitive Campsites – Opening June 1

In addition, reservations continue to be accepted for family tent and trailer campsites, RV sites and wilderness campsites at all areas through December 15.

Reservations can be made by visiting http://camping.nj.gov.

Please note some camping areas will continue to have regularly scheduled seasonal closures in place.

Cabins, shelters and lean-tos remain closed at this time. We look forward to the continued phased reopening of additional overnight facilities.

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Looking for a summer job?! Cheesequake State Park still has a number of General Maintenance positions available!Maintena...
03/18/2021

Looking for a summer job?! Cheesequake State Park still has a number of General Maintenance positions available!

Maintenance personnel are the backbone of the State Park Service’s summer operations. Applicants can expect to assist full time staff in a variety of tasks including grounds work, lawn mowing, cleaning of facilities, trash removal, park improvement projects, and other general maintenance functions. Trade school students, or those who may have a unique skill set are encouraged to apply for this position.

Salaries begin at $12/hour based on experience.

Apply today: http://nj.gov.dep/workinparks

#NJStateParks

Looking for a summer job?! Apply today for a General Maintenance position at the following state parks and forests:
- Allaire State Park
- Bulls Island Recreation Area
- Cheesequake State Park
- Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
- Island Beach State Park
- Jenny Jump State Forest
- Kittatinny Valley State Park / Waterloo Village Historic Site
- Official: Liberty State Park
- Monmouth Battlefield State Park
- Round Valley Recreation Area
- Spruce Run, Voorhees & Hacklebarney State Parks
- Washington Crossing State Park
- Wharton State Forest
- Worthington State Forest

Maintenance personnel are the backbone of the State Park Service’s summer operations. Applicants can expect to assist full time staff in a variety of tasks including grounds work, lawn mowing, cleaning of facilities, trash removal, park improvement projects, and other general maintenance functions. Trade school students, or those who may have a unique skill set are encouraged to apply for this position.

Salaries begin at $12/hour based on experience.

Apply today: http://nj.gov.dep/workinparks

#NJStateParks

Apply today for a summer job in a New Jersey state park, forest or historic site!The State Park Service hires over 700 e...
02/19/2021

Apply today for a summer job in a New Jersey state park, forest or historic site!

The State Park Service hires over 700 employees annually during our peak summer season. These positions include naturalists, history educators, visitor service assistants, trail stewards, office assistants, lifeguards, and maintenance personnel.

Salary rates start at $12 per hour for most positions, lifeguards start at $13 per hour; however, salaries vary based on experience. The minimum age to apply is 16 years old.

If you love being outdoors and are looking for a fun, fulfilling, summer job, look no further than working in a New Jersey state park or forest!

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

🔗 Press Release: https://nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2021/21_0005.htm

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

Apply today for a summer job in a New Jersey state park, forest or historic site!

The State Park Service hires over 700 employees annually during our peak summer season. These positions include naturalists, history educators, visitor service assistants, State Park Police visitor service assistants, trail stewards, office assistants, lifeguards, and maintenance personnel.

Salary rates start at $12 per hour for most positions, lifeguards start at $13 per hour; however, salaries vary based on experience. The minimum age to apply is 16 years old.

If you love being outdoors and are looking for a fun, fulfilling, summer job, look no further than working in a New Jersey state park or forest!

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

🔗 Press Release: https://nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2021/21_0005.htm

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

Gates at state parks and forests will remain closed during snow plowing operations tomorrow, February 2. Areas will begi...
02/02/2021

Gates at state parks and forests will remain closed during snow plowing operations tomorrow, February 2.

Areas will begin to reopen for passive recreation as roads and parking lots are cleared by maintenance staff.

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Gates at state parks and forests will remain closed during snow plowing operations tomorrow, February 2.

Areas will begin to reopen for passive recreation as roads and parking lots are cleared by maintenance staff.

#NJStateParks

Due to adverse winter weather conditions, all state parks and forests are closed tomorrow (2/1). Reopening updates will ...
01/31/2021

Due to adverse winter weather conditions, all state parks and forests are closed tomorrow (2/1).

Reopening updates will be posted on this page as areas are plowed and gates reopen to the public on Tuesday (2/2).

#NJStateParks

Due to adverse winter weather conditions impacting roads and parking lots, all state parks and forests are closed tomorrow (2/1).

Reopening updates will be posted on this page as areas are plowed and gates reopen to the public on Tuesday (2/2).
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"Each moment of the year has its own beauty." -Ralph Waldo EmersonAs we welcome the New Year, our staff at Cheesequake S...
01/05/2021

"Each moment of the year has its own beauty." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

As we welcome the New Year, our staff at Cheesequake State Park wanted to send well wishes and positivity to all. Despite challenges we all have faced; we are still able to appreciate the beauty of nature that surrounds us daily. Taking one moment to look up at the sky or listen to the peaceful sounds of the forest can brighten one's whole day! You may even spot a critter flying high in the tree line or sneaking low in the salt marsh.

Enjoy these photos of Cheesequake from this past year courtesy of our Visitor Service Assistants Doug and Sarah. Please share your own in the comments and include something that has made you smile!

12/17/2020

Cheesequake State Park has reopened at 12 noon on Thursday, December 17, after great efforts from our Maintenance Team to clear the roads of snow.

Due to adverse winter weather conditions, all state parks and forests will close today (12/16) at 1 p.m. #NJStateParks
12/16/2020

Due to adverse winter weather conditions, all state parks and forests will close today (12/16) at 1 p.m.

#NJStateParks

Due to adverse winter weather conditions, all state parks and forests will close today (12/16) at 1 p.m.

Reopening updates will be posted on this page tomorrow as parks are plowed and begin to reopen to the public.

#NJStateParks

Helpful tip!  If you ever arrive at Cheesequake State Park only to find no parking available at the Main Trailhead, you ...
10/08/2020

Helpful tip! If you ever arrive at Cheesequake State Park only to find no parking available at the Main Trailhead, you can head down to the parking lot at Hooks Creek Lake to find the Blue and Yellow Trail. From there, you can pick up connections to the Red and Green Trails.

09/23/2020
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Tom Considine, Visitor Service Assistant of Cape May Point State Park, invites you to join him in discovering the many species of butterflies that can be seen within the park’s diverse habitats. This park is home to a variety of trees and plants that provide nectar plants for butterflies to feed on and host plants for butterflies to lay their eggs on. One of these trees is the black cherry, a host plant for the beautiful eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. This yellow and black butterfly can be up to 5.5 inches making it one of the biggest butterflies that call New Jersey home. Cape May is abound with butterflies in the fall season, in fact late September to mid-October is prime time to view the migration of monarchs through the park. We hope you have an opportunity this fall to visit!


#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks #NJParksFromHome

Tom Considine, Visitor Service Assistant of Cape May Point State Park, invites you to join him in discovering the many species of butterflies that can be seen within the park’s diverse habitats. This park is home to a variety of trees and plants that provide nectar plants for butterflies to feed on and host plants for butterflies to lay their eggs on. One of these trees is the black cherry, a host plant for the beautiful eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. This yellow and black butterfly can be up to 5.5 inches making it one of the biggest butterflies that call New Jersey home. Cape May is abound with butterflies in the fall season, in fact late September to mid-October is prime time to view the migration of monarchs through the park. We hope you have an opportunity this fall to visit!

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks #NJParksFromHome

#ForestryFridaySince 2001, biologists from the New Jersey Forest Service’s Office of Natural Lands Management have been ...
09/18/2020

#ForestryFriday

Since 2001, biologists from the New Jersey Forest Service’s Office of Natural Lands Management have been walking every stretch of beach south of Sandy Hook surveying for a federally Threatened and state Endangered plant, Seabeach Amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus). In years where Seabeach Amaranth has been abundant, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has received help on those surveys from partners, including the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

The annual 2020 census conducted by the NJDEP and funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service reported a total of 941 Seabeach amaranth plants; the 3rd highest population size recorded south of Sandy Hook since 2006.

Seabeach amaranth is an annual plant species with succulent, spinach-like leaves and minute, bright yellow anthers that pop out of its small flowers. The plant grows between the base of the dunes and the high tide line on our beaches and works with other early successional species to help form young dunes.

While this year’s census of 941 plants appears to be a major decline from last year's count of 7,195 plants, much higher numbers of amaranth plants were likely present during the growing season this year prior to Tropical Storm Isaias. The storm struck the coastline in early August and buried and/or damaged a large percentage of Seabeach Amaranth plants prior to survey completion. In addition, succession in certain areas coupled with an invasion from a non-native plant called Asiatic Sand Sedge (Carex kobomugi) has also led to a decrease in habitat for Seabeach Amaranth.

The primary threat to Seabeach Amaranth is not storms or habitat succession, which are natural events, but the widespread use of mechanical beach raking and ORVs on NJ's beaches. These actions severely limit habitat across the majority of the NJ shoreline. Non-profits such as Raritan Valley Community College, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ continue to work closely with townships, the state, and the federal government to expand conservation efforts to protect these critical habitats. The DEP Division of Land Resource Protection also regulates municipal beaches by protecting the habitat where Seabeach Amaranth and other federally listed plant and animal species occur. These efforts focus on increasing habitat protection without inhibiting the recreational uses vital to NJ's economy and culture.

The numbers of amaranth plants found this year despite the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias are significant, as they indicate the continued success of beach management efforts being implemented across the New Jersey shoreline to increase habitat for beach plant and animal species.

The impact from the storm and successional events won't be clear until future surveys are performed. As an annual plant, next year's population depends entirely upon seeds produced in previous years, and the lower amounts produced this year will, in all likelihood, affect the trajectory of recovery witnessed over the past few years.

Learn more about Seabeach Amaranth in our 2019 press release here: https://nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2019/19_0103.htm

#NJForestService #iheartNJforests #NJNaturalLandsManagement

#ForestryFriday

Since 2001, biologists from the New Jersey Forest Service’s Office of Natural Lands Management have been walking every stretch of beach south of Sandy Hook surveying for a federally Threatened and state Endangered plant, Seabeach Amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus). In years where Seabeach Amaranth has been abundant, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has received help on those surveys from partners, including the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

The annual 2020 census conducted by the NJDEP and funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service reported a total of 941 Seabeach amaranth plants; the 3rd highest population size recorded south of Sandy Hook since 2006.

Seabeach amaranth is an annual plant species with succulent, spinach-like leaves and minute, bright yellow anthers that pop out of its small flowers. The plant grows between the base of the dunes and the high tide line on our beaches and works with other early successional species to help form young dunes.

While this year’s census of 941 plants appears to be a major decline from last year's count of 7,195 plants, much higher numbers of amaranth plants were likely present during the growing season this year prior to Tropical Storm Isaias. The storm struck the coastline in early August and buried and/or damaged a large percentage of Seabeach Amaranth plants prior to survey completion. In addition, succession in certain areas coupled with an invasion from a non-native plant called Asiatic Sand Sedge (Carex kobomugi) has also led to a decrease in habitat for Seabeach Amaranth.

The primary threat to Seabeach Amaranth is not storms or habitat succession, which are natural events, but the widespread use of mechanical beach raking and ORVs on NJ's beaches. These actions severely limit habitat across the majority of the NJ shoreline. Non-profits such as Raritan Valley Community College, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ continue to work closely with townships, the state, and the federal government to expand conservation efforts to protect these critical habitats. The DEP Division of Land Resource Protection also regulates municipal beaches by protecting the habitat where Seabeach Amaranth and other federally listed plant and animal species occur. These efforts focus on increasing habitat protection without inhibiting the recreational uses vital to NJ's economy and culture.

The numbers of amaranth plants found this year despite the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias are significant, as they indicate the continued success of beach management efforts being implemented across the New Jersey shoreline to increase habitat for beach plant and animal species.

The impact from the storm and successional events won't be clear until future surveys are performed. As an annual plant, next year's population depends entirely upon seeds produced in previous years, and the lower amounts produced this year will, in all likelihood, affect the trajectory of recovery witnessed over the past few years.

Learn more about Seabeach Amaranth in our 2019 press release here: https://nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2019/19_0103.htm

#NJForestService #iheartNJforests #NJNaturalLandsManagement

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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 - 16:30
Sunday 08:00 - 16:30

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Anybody know anything about what happened to the fish? Went to Crabbing Bridge and found a bunch of dead fish. Water is low and fish are acting strangely. It also smells like sulfur around the creek.
Does anyone know what kind of bug this is (in the cup)? I'm hoping that Nature Man Jim or one of his staff members can help us out!
Cleaning up some of the trash that was left behind by others. Leave it better than you found it! https://www.facebook.com/102869281500261/videos/2577249039159293/?modal=admin_todo_tour
When does the beach open?
Is it true the park is now closed?
The staff at Cheesequake are ready for a great season! #iheartnjparks
Are there any upcoming hikes at Cheesequake State Park this month?
What are the hours for Cheesequake State Park this Sunday?
Cheesequake named one of the best mountain trails by MyCentralJersey