Swartswood State Park

Swartswood Lake provides tranquil surroundings and opportunities for recreation in a natural rural setting.

Purchased in 1914 for public enjoyment, Swartswood Lake has been attracting visitors long before it was established as a state park. This remote and rural area is off the beaten path and away from all major highways, but worth finding. Don’t expect jet skis or gas-powered motorboats racing across the 519-acre natural glacial lake as only electric motors are permitted. Instead, expect views of colorful sailboats, canoes and kayaks on the still waters of Swartswood Lake. As a bonus, Little Swartswood Lake offers all of the same on a smaller scale (except swimming), just minutes away by car or a short hike. Bring binoculars for a close view of the many resident bald eagles frequently seen flying over the lakes as well as other birds of prey and waterfowl. So, pack your gear for the day or weekend and take advantage of all the opportunities the natural landscape has to offer.

Park Map

Area Map


Phone Number

Physical Address
1091 County Road 619
Newton NJ, 07860

Mailing Address
P O Box 123
Swartswood, NJ 07877-5230

Email Address

Park Hours

Gate Open daily 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Park Office Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Park Fees
NJ Resident

Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

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