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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.


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.

Pam Sears

Friday, March 16, 2018
Even though it's only a town away it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere...I've only camped here in the winter because I like the seclusion ..very clean..restrooms and showers are still open in the winter. Rules still apply year round staff is very friendly but strict. If you have the chance to take the long hike I recommend it.. the white pine Forest is amazing.

Michael Zakar

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
This weekend was the first time that I was at Bass River State Park. It's very nice and clean. The one thing I would suggest is that if you're going to rent a lean-to get verification whether you are or are not allowed to have tents on this site as well. We had three tents on our lean-to site and we're told that we had to take them down. Thus leaving us no place to sleep and canceling our overnight plans. Other than that I thought it was really great place and we will be back.

Addie Johnston

Thursday, June 14, 2018
The Pine Barrens is an incredible area and this state forest is great. The Batona Trail starts here, which is a wonderful trail, especially for more novice backpackers since it is flat and there is plenty of water.

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