AT A GLANCE ~ PROGRAM/EVENT & PARK NEWS:


  • PLEASE NOTE: THE BULLS ISLAND CAMPGROUND WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE FULL 2017-2018 SEASON.


  • BE ADVISED: Swimming in the Delaware and Raritan Canal is a prohibited activity. As per NJ State Park Service Rules and Regulations swimming may take place ONLY IN A DESIGNATED SWIM AREA. In recent years, illegal swimming activity has increased in the Prallsville Mills area of Stockton in both the Canal and historic lock. This area is fenced and posted. This is considered a RECKLESS ACTIVITY and in violation of the New Jersey Administrative Code. Increased park police patrols have been instituted and VIOLATORS WILL BE SUMMONED.


  • PLEASE NOTE: The barricaded portion of the D&R Canal towpath on the NJ side of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge will be REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st. The towpath is expected to reopen at 5pm on Friday, enabling public use during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The towpath will remain open after the busy recreational weekend as additional project-related closure periods are not anticipated during the next several weeks.


  • BE ADVISED: The State Forest and State Park Services have identified the D&R Canal State Park as a high-use area for the preemptive felling of ash trees to reduce the anticipated hazards caused by the Emerald Ash Borer infestation effecting the State. At-risk, dying and dead ash trees will be harvested along the path. These areas will be replanted with new seedlings. It is estimated that approximately 1,550 trees, 5-inches or more in diameter, leaning over or located with 15 feet of the path will be felled. Click here for more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the progress of the project here at D&R Canal State Park. Thank you for your patience.


  • BE ADVISED: A dredging project is planned for the D & R Canal from Kingston to Amwell Road at East Millstone. This extensive project (administered by NJ Water Supply Authority), is slated to begin in the Fall of 2017 and may take up to three years to complete. Click here for details about this project.


  • PLEASE NOTE: Park users, campers, hunters and all visitors to the D&R Canal State Park are asked to call 1-877-WARNDEP if they require the assistance of our State Park Police. Please do not hesitate to call AT ANY TIME if assistance is needed. In the event of a life threatening emergency we ask that you please call 911. And as always, we ask that the public contact our office to report any fallen trees or other obstructions encountered along the length of the path. ENJOY THE PARK AND BE SAFE!


  • Make sure to check out the BLACKWELLS MILLS CANAL HOUSE CALENDAR OF EVENTS through DECEMBER 2017! Click here to see all the offerings at the historic canal house in Somerset and visit the Blackwells Mills Canal House Association web site.


  • Thanks to the volunteer work done by JORBA, we are happy to offer our park users a TRAIL MAP FOR THE SIX MILE RUN RESERVOIR SITE. Click here to view and download your personal copy. Click here to read more about the expanded trail network at Six Mile Run and JORBA's volunteer involvment.

    Main Park Office
    D&R Canal State Park
    145 Mapleton Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    Phone: (609) 924-5705

    Bull's Island Recreation Area
    and Campground

    2185 Daniel Bray Highway (Route 29)
    Stockton, NJ 08559
    Phone: (609) 397-2949

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