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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.*

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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.*

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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 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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PARK ADVISORY: Cheesequake State Park Due to plowing operations, the main entrance gate to Cheesequake State Park is cur...
02/20/2019

PARK ADVISORY: Cheesequake State Park

Due to plowing operations, the main entrance gate to Cheesequake State Park is currently closed.

An update will be posted when the gates reopen.

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PARK ADVISORY:

Due to plowing operations, the main entrance gates of Allaire State Park, Cheesequake State Park, and Washington Crossing State Park are currently CLOSED.

This post will be updated when the gates reopen.

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PARK ADVISORY: Governor Phil Murphy has announced that all State offices will be CLOSED today (2/12) due to inclement we...
02/12/2019

PARK ADVISORY:

Governor Phil Murphy has announced that all State offices will be CLOSED today (2/12) due to inclement weather. This includes all state parks.

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PARK ADVISORY:

Governor Phil Murphy has announced that all State offices will be CLOSED today (2/12) due to inclement weather. This includes all state parks.

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01/20/2019

Cheesequake State Park is OPEN and is accepting visitors!

Did you know that New Jersey residents who are 62 or older are eligible for a FREE Senior Citizen Pass?When parking fees...
01/17/2019

Did you know that New Jersey residents who are 62 or older are eligible for a FREE Senior Citizen Pass?

When parking fees are in effect, this pass entitles the bearer (and passengers) free parking at all New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Historic Sites.

The Senior Citizen pass may be obtained at any of our state park/forest offices or by filling out and mailing the following form to our Trenton office.

Application form: https://njparksandforests.org/parks/docs/park_pass_application.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1NirJQuUTBxKPyjGlxoRD0s_gt7uqa05jzkLBUz2byWjy5JQBtxd-rrFk

#NJStateParks

Did you know that New Jersey residents who are 62 or older are eligible for a FREE Senior Citizen Pass?

When parking fees are in effect, this pass entitles the bearer (and passengers) free parking at all New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Historic Sites.

The Senior Citizen pass may be obtained at any of our state park/forest offices or by filling out and mailing the following form to our Trenton office.

Application form: https://njparksandforests.org/parks/docs/park_pass_application.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3eyBkqgraJs7pkXTQwmwkyeSOr4BVRG4QiPsUOdd0oyj30DIUzmG6AbU8

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PARK ADVISORY: No Smoking in New Jersey state parks, forests, historic sites, marinas and recreation areas.As of January...
01/15/2019

PARK ADVISORY: No Smoking in New Jersey state parks, forests, historic sites, marinas and recreation areas.

As of January 16, 2019, the smoking of tobacco and use of electronic smoking (vaping) devices is prohibited in all state parks, forests, historic sites, marinas and recreation areas.

The full law is available to read online here: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/PL18/64_.HTM

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PARK ADVISORY: No Smoking in New Jersey state parks, forests, historic sites, marinas and recreation areas.

As of January 16, 2019, the smoking of tobacco and use of electronic smoking (vaping) devices is prohibited in all state parks, forests, historic sites, marinas and recreation areas.

The full law is available to read online here: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/PL18/64_.HTM

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New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites
01/07/2019

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Winter can be a difficult time for birds as they may have trouble finding food; insects are scarce and other natural food sources are limited or covered with snow. This makes winter the perfect time to put up a birdfeeder!

Notes from our Naturalist Gina Provenzano - Spruce Run, Hacklebarney and Voorhees State Parks.

Different types of feeders and seeds will attract different species of birds. Platform and hanging feeders with a mix of seeds will attract chickadees, cardinals, wrens, nuthatches, titmice, and jays to name a few. These species go crazy for black oil sunflower seeds, millet, peanuts, and thistle which provide both protein and fat. Meal worms on a platform feeder will attract bluebirds. Ground-feeding birds, such as mourning doves and towhees, will eat what falls on the ground.
Suet is another great food to offer. It is high energy and pure fat – invaluable in winter when insects are hard to find, and birds need more calories to keep warm. A suet cake in a cage feeder is very easy to hang and is less messy than other feeders.

Birds like to have nearby perching places to check out your offerings before eating, so place your feeder near shrubs or trees. This also provides them with cover to retreat to. Some species of birds will grab a seed then fly to nearby perch to crack it open before returning for more.

To learn more about backyard birds and how to make an easy birdfeeder come to Spruce Run Recreation Area this Saturday January 12, 2019 for our Easy Winter Birdfeeders - Spruce Run Recreation Area program. For more information and to register call (908) 638-8572.

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Give the gift of adventure this holiday season with a 2019 New Jersey State Park Pass! The perfect idea for a last minut...
12/19/2018

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season with a 2019 New Jersey State Park Pass! The perfect idea for a last minute Holiday gift idea or stocking stuffer.

New Jersey Annual State Park Passes are $50.00 for New Jersey residents, and $75.00 for non-NJ residents. Second household Passes purchased at the same time as the first are also available at a reduced rate.

The pass provides free entrance for the 2019 calendar year to any State Park that charges daily walk-in or parking fees.

You can also order your park pass via mail by filling out the following formhttps://njparksandforests.org/parks/docs/park_pass_application.pdf

#NJStateParks

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season with a 2019 New Jersey State Park Pass! The perfect idea for a last minute Holiday gift idea or stocking stuffer.

New Jersey Annual State Park Passes are $50.00 for New Jersey residents, and $75.00 for non-NJ residents. Second household Passes purchased at the same time as the first are also available at a reduced rate.

The pass provides free entrance for the 2019 calendar year to any State Park that charges daily walk-in or parking fees.

You can also order your park pass via mail by filling out the following formhttps://njparksandforests.org/parks/docs/park_pass_application.pdf

#NJStateParks

Snowy Owls have returned to Island Beach State Park!#NJStateParks #SnowyOwl
12/12/2018

Snowy Owls have returned to Island Beach State Park!

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🦉 ❄️SNOWY OWLS RETURN TO ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK ❄️🦉

Snowy Owls have once again made their annual trek to Island Beach State Park.

While we welcome the public to come and view the Snowy Owl, it is important to remember the following tips:
❄️ Please do not enter the dune system to photograph them. The dunes are critical to the survival of this park and are very sensitive to foot traffic.
❄️ Please do not approach them.
❄️ Please be courteous of other visitors.
❄️ Please tag us in your photos!

For more information on the Snowy Owls, please visit ProjectSNOWstorm.org.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Island Beach Nature Center at 732-793-1315.

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Natural elements that promote well-being include trees, local biodiversity, water features, parks, natural playscapes & ...
11/28/2018

Natural elements that promote well-being include trees, local biodiversity, water features, parks, natural playscapes & gardens. Health insurance is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Go to GetCovered.NJ.Gov for more info. #OpenEnrollment ends Dec. 15

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Natural elements that promote well-being include trees, local biodiversity, water features, parks, natural playscapes & gardens. Health insurance is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Go to GetCovered.NJ.Gov for more info. #OpenEnrollment ends Dec. 15

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Gobble gobble! Here are some #TurkeyFacts to help you get into the Thanksgiving mood.#NJStateParks #NotesFromOurNaturali...
11/21/2018

Gobble gobble! Here are some #TurkeyFacts to help you get into the Thanksgiving mood.

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LET’S TALK TURKEY! Notes from our Naturalist Stephanie Fox, from D&R Canal State Park, Six Mile Run State Park, and Bull's Island Recreation Area.

Turkeys have gone through some tough times in New Jersey in the past, and not because most of us will include one as part of our Thanksgiving feast.

By the mid 1800s there were only a few turkeys left in New Jersey due to the overhunting and loss of mature forest habitat. During the early 20th century their populations began to increase as the forests began to regrow providing the habitat they require, but it was a slow process. To help speed their recovery, in 1977 NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, with the help of the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, reintroduced 22 turkeys from New York and Vermont to the Delaware Water Gap area. In 1979, biologist live-trapped and relocated turkeys throughout the state and today NJ has well over 20,000 turkeys strutting through our forests and fields.

SNOODS AND WATTLES

Male turkeys, known as Toms, are an interesting sight to see. The fleshy skin hanging from the top of the tom’s head is called the snood, the fleshy area under the chin is called the wattle. Both the snood and wattle can change colors to red, blue or white to show their physical health or emotional state.

Turkey Facts:
- A female turkey can lay one egg a day (up to 17 eggs) but all the eggs will hatch at the same time.
- Turkeys can run up to 25 mph and fly up to 55 mph.
- Beards, modified bristly feathers on the tom’s chest, are thought to help attract females. The longest beard on record is 22.5 inches!!
- Benjamin Franklin once honored the turkey in a letter to his daughter by stating it as being “a more respectable bird” than the bald eagle but contrary to common belief never proposed the turkey as a symbol for America.

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PARK ADVISORY: Cheesequake State ParkDue to fallen trees and a power outage Cheesequake State Park is CLOSED today (10/2...
10/27/2018

PARK ADVISORY: Cheesequake State Park

Due to fallen trees and a power outage Cheesequake State Park is CLOSED today (10/27).

An update will be posted when the park reopens to the public.

#NJStateParks #CheesequakeStatePark

PARK ADVISORY: Cheesequake State Park

Due to fallen trees and a power outage Cheesequake State Park is CLOSED today (10/27).

An update will be posted when the park reopens to the public.

#NJStateParks #CheesequakeStatePark

Address

300 Gordon Road
Matawan, NJ
07747

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(732) 566-2161

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