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Bull's Island Recreation Area

Aerial photograph of the Delaware River near Bull's Island (top right) illustrating the wing dams near the recreation area

The 79-acre (32 ha) Bull's Island Recreation Area is on Bull's Island at Raven Rock along the Delaware River approximately 3 miles (5 km) north of Stockton, within Delaware Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. The park is a part of the 3,578-acre (14 km²) Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. It offers family campsites, a boat launch, fishing, and a nature trail. Canoes, kayaks, tubes, and rafts can be rented three miles north in Point Pleasant. The surrounding park includes a portion of the D&R Canal Trail, a multi-use trail built on an old railroad bed that runs north of the island and on the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath south of the island. The family campground has flush toilets and hot showers. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

In June 2011 William Arias, 46, of Bound Brook, N.J was killed by a falling tree while sleeping in a tent in the upper river section of the Bull's Island campground. The state of New Jersey determined that silt buildup from repeated floods, has weaken roots of trees in this area. The park system has decided to permantly close the upper river campground area and return it to a natural state.[1]

Note that for the 2012 season much of the Bull's Island Recreation Area and the campground are closed due to "dangerous trees".

See also


  1. ^ Bresswein, Kurt (March 18, 2012). "Bull's Island campground closes permanently following death from fallen tree". The Express-Times. 

External links

  • "Bull's Island Recreation Area". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  Official site

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