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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.



Wednesday, July 11, 2018
This is a great campground. Most of the sites have a secluded feeling to them, which is nice. The nature program on the weekends are wonderful, with very knowledgeable staff. The beach area is nice too. However, if the campground showers were kept as nicely as the hiking trails this state park would get five stars. I really hope they give the shower bathrooms some attention. The handicap stall is missing tiles and the mildew is out of control. Even after the morning cleaning, there were bathroom stalls with no toilet paper. Overall, a beautiful campground that can easily be five stars if they address the bathhouse issues.

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!

Lexi 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.

pete vitale

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
Fishing , camping, hiking trails.. August is bad time for ticks.. Camping & picking up Fresh friut from the market is nice. Basto village & Galloway twp nice shopping too. Also Nice areas for Pictures too.

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