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DaveS posted 04-17-2006 11:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for DaveS   Send Email to DaveS  
I'm located in central NJ and would like to plan a camping trip with my two sons and the whaler...the only problem is, where to go? Are there any places within a reasonable drive that would allow us to dock the boat and camp near by or will they be two different locations? I'm planning to go mid-week in July (one advantage for being a teacher)...Is there someplace in Cape May?

Thanks for the info...


aubv posted 04-18-2006 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Are you looking to stay in NJ or travel out of State?

You might want to check the individual State web sites. I've seen some information on state run camp sites on the Hudson River in NY, on the Chesapeake in MD and even on an island between NJ and Delaware.

Kingsteven18 posted 04-18-2006 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
Lake Wallenpaupack in NE Pa.
themclos posted 04-18-2006 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     

I am an hour NE of you in Berkeley Heights. You might want to check out the campgrounds around Lake Wallenpaupack in Pa. I have not camped there, but it is something I was going to explore for my family.

I think I have some links I can post when I get home this evening. I recall that one or two of the campgrounds had ramps, and one might have had docks.


themclos posted 04-18-2006 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
Looks like somebody beat me to the post :)


DaveS posted 04-18-2006 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
Thanks for the info...I never thought about the Poconos! Never crossed my mind since I do most of my fishing in saltwater...I'm going to check that area out...Thanks again!

If I decide to stay with the salt...any info on camping sites near the ocean?

Thanks again!


Sal A posted 04-19-2006 04:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Any camping in the Pine Barrens?
tombro posted 04-19-2006 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
I don't think you will find anything in NJ on freshwater for your Whaler, due to the horsepower restrictions throughout the state. Our lakes are too small and shallow. The only lakes I know of where you might operate a larger boat like yours would be Greenwood Lake and Lake Hopatcong. If you want to drive a bit further (250 miles from central NJ) go to Lake George, NY. Perfect for what you intend...feel free to email me for more information.
There used to be a campground with tent sites and limited cabin rentals called Chips Folly, on the Wading River. You could run your boat on the tidewater there; I've done it. Another possiblity is camping in the Bass River state forest, and picking up a transient slip on the Bass River, albeit at a different location. Good luck!
themclos posted 04-19-2006 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
We spend a good deal of time boating on Lake Hopatcong. I would consider it a great day trip for fishing, tubing, swimming and cruising with the family. However, there are no public campsites on the lake, nor any, of which I am aware, that are nearby.

Kingsteven18 posted 04-19-2006 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I live up by Lake Wallenpaupack. If you need further info., contact me. PP&L's Wilsonville campground is the best choice.
jimmy c posted 04-23-2006 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
Try Fenwick Island Delaware at the Indian River Inlet.
Huge camp ground with a launch ramp ,right at the inlet.
go up river, its realy nice.
Mambo Minnow posted 04-24-2006 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
May I also suggest Raystown Lake, near Altoona, PA. Beautiful Army Corps of Engineer reservoir in south-central PA. Fabulous striped bass fishing in fall that no Jersey Shore guy would likely ever suspect. Two campgrounds with boat ramps in Hesston, PA and Seven Springs. Fastest way is PA turnpike, but you need a good tow vehicle as there are some steep hills up to the Reservoir. We camped in a ten man tent and towed the 15 Whaler with us.

DaveS posted 04-24-2006 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
Thanks! I've heard of Raystown inlaws have a camper near there...(about an hour away)...might be worth a look...I'm definately going to look into the Indian River Inlet...might be just what I was looking for!

With all the suggestions I'm getting my wife might start to miss me...well, maybe miss me...OK...almost miss me! :)

Kingsteven18 posted 04-25-2006 11:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
Wallenpaupack fishing info.:
Bertramp posted 04-26-2006 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bertramp  Send Email to Bertramp     
Try Cedar Point Park (not sure if it is a state or suffolk county park) .... Sag Harbor/East Hampton, N.Y.
atsrocks posted 03-27-2009 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for atsrocks  Send Email to atsrocks     
Hi this would ma first camp this summer. need info on some good camping sites in upstate NY. Also what should be my concers b4 i choose a site and what are normally the charges to reserve a spot in the campgrounds. any websites i might refer to?

Thanks in advance for your help.

jamesmylesmcp posted 03-28-2009 05:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for jamesmylesmcp  Send Email to jamesmylesmcp     
We will be exploring upstate N.Y. this year. There are alot of options. Try this one for "Boat in only". contractCode=ny&parkCode=glen
sraab928 posted 03-28-2009 06:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for sraab928  Send Email to sraab928     
This place is by LBI - it shows what appears to be a boat ramp with access to the bay but I would call there first to be sure.

It was the only place I could think off that might have direct boat access. Your best bet may be to stay in a campground at one of the shore locations and see if you can get a slip rental for the week. I would think there may be some short term slip availability this season.

I know there is a campground in Delaware with boat slips....

Then of course if you want to drive a bit - We really love going to Ocean City Maryland and staying at Frontiertown. It has an old western town, a waterpark, boat ramp and slips. Very nice place to say. Of the three this is the only place I have been personally.

whaler3 posted 03-28-2009 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaler3  Send Email to whaler3     
Down in south Jersey in the pine barrens are a few places to camp and put your boat in the water. I don't rember the names exactly but I thing one is Greenbank Camping Grounds that is on the mulica river (fresh water to salt water-The Great Bay) and the other is just below it on the Wading River (camp ground and launch ramp) I pretty sure that is called Wading River Campground. They are both on the edge of the Warton State Forest and there is a state park and there is a Civil war town there to tour. You can googel all those names or Warton/Basto should bring up something Lou
Tohsgib posted 03-30-2009 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Dave..Sea-pirate in Tuckerton as Sraab shows is great access to Barnegat bay. There are probably a few others on the Mullica and Bass rivers. Bugs might be my only issue in July.
Ridge Runner posted 04-01-2009 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     

In Cape May there is:

Your only about 5 mins from then Alantic Ocean or the Delware Bay; lots of ramps on each side.

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