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Bass River State Forest


Bass River State Forest was the first forest acquired by the state of New Jersey in 1905 for public recreation, water conservation, and wildlife and timber management. Lake Absegami, a 67-acre lake created in the 1930's, is the center of the forest's recreational activities and provides an area for swimming and a serene setting for boating and canoeing. A trail through the Absegami Natural Area wanders through a pine/oak woods and a small Atlantic white cedar bog.


Steven Schaber

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Great beach day use area. The lake is clean and clear and the beach is awesome! Great for younger kids. Most of the swimming area is shallow. On weekends there is a nature program run a few times a day for kids to learn about aquatic plants and wildlife. Lifeguards on duty do an excellent job patrolling through all angles of the swimming area. Campsites were clean, well marked and had ample space for the family. Will definitely be back for another adventure!

Lexis A

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Bass River State Forest is an awesome place. There is a lake for swimming, it has life guards and two other sections of the lake are for fishing or to go in with a canoe. Around the same area as the lake there is a food court. Not only it's there a lake but there is campsites and cabins. ❗CAMPING PEOPLE (You'll wanna know)❗ (You have to bring your own tents and belongings for the campsites) the only thing campsites already have are the tables and the thing to burn wood in. You can buy logs or take logs out of the forest. NO cutting down a whole tree tho. Good luck on camping and be careful of the bears😊😄

Dawn Sharpe

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Love Bass River. not just because i live here but so much to do camping in the forest at night you might even see the Jersey Devil he lives here in the woods and he is not afraid of people. also lots of places to canoe in the pine barons bring a canoe drop it in and go. also crabing us great. Lots to list but i have to leave some adventures to you. hope you have fun here.

cindy Stevens

Saturday, July 7, 2018
The bathrooms are dirty. The bathrooms look like that have not been washed within a month. The showers do not work properly. The security drives down the road more than 15 miles an hour. There are not that many hiking trails for nature. The front desk lady was very nice, friendly and very helpful.

Juliete Boomkin

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Great park! Nice clean facility. Beautiful campsites. Large beacy area

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