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NJTroutstalker
03-09-2014, 09:19
So I'm taking the whole fan damily for a 2 night trip. We're in a cabin (wife approved for camping). Family size (5 of us) dictates this is my best option, so it's where we're at.

We plan to bike, roller blade, camp fire cook, board game, fish for sunnies, and generally try to wear out some high energy kids. Any recommendations for something truly unique about this park? I don't know the area as we're from north Jersey.

We will have a 7 year old, 2-3 year olds. Our friends will have a 6 year old and a 3 year old.

If I can I might even throw up a hammock for relaxing.

CanadaDan
03-09-2014, 10:00
this is in no way specific to that state park, but i have a great game that you could play with the 6 and 7 year old as well as the adults as well (although it generally works a bit better with kids 10+). It's really simple, fun and spontaneous .

Its called Camouflage

how to play:

while walking through a forested area someone yells CAMOUFLAGE, closes their eyes and counts down from 20. Everyone else in the group hurries to find a nearby hiding spot. The person who yells then must spot the hiders and call them out by name without moving from his/her position (moving a foot over in any direction is allowed so the spotter can get different sight-lines through the tree's). The hiders must be able to see the spotter spotter at all times. To ensure that hiders are not cheating, the spotter can put a hand up with any amount of fingers and ask "how many fingers" All the hiders must see and say the amount. This gives the spotter a general idea of where people might be hiding, it should not be abused but can be used as many times as necessary as sometimes people are really good at hiding.



The best part of the game is that once people know the rules you can bring it out spontaneously by yelling camouflage, no need to give any warming even if it's been months since the last time you played. Its quite funny being caught off guard, frantically looking for a good hiding place.

Hope some forum members try this game out! I play with all my friends aged 20-30ish and everyone loves it!

NJTroutstalker
03-09-2014, 13:11
Thanks we'll try it!

silentorpheus
03-09-2014, 16:30
So I'm taking the whole fan damily for a 2 night trip. We're in a cabin (wife approved for camping). Family size (5 of us) dictates this is my best option, so it's where we're at.

We plan to bike, roller blade, camp fire cook, board game, fish for sunnies, and generally try to wear out some high energy kids. Any recommendations for something truly unique about this park? I don't know the area as we're from north Jersey.

We will have a 7 year old, 2-3 year olds. Our friends will have a 6 year old and a 3 year old.

If I can I might even throw up a hammock for relaxing.

Wow, consider me surprised. I had no idea that park even existed.

Let us know what you find out - always good to have intel on more of the NJ parks and campgrounds.

kayak karl
03-09-2014, 17:53
I've camped and kayaked there. Nice place but it is surrounded by private property so you can't hike out of it. It was closed after the deaths from storm 3 years ago. Haven't been there since reopen. It may be different in camping area. Nice blacktop trails for biking and stuff. Fishing is good also.

silentorpheus
03-09-2014, 18:22
I've camped and kayaked there. Nice place but it is surrounded by private property so you can't hike out of it. It was closed after the deaths from storm 3 years ago. Haven't been there since reopen. It may be different in camping area. Nice blacktop trails for biking and stuff. Fishing is good also.

Deaths? Did some people get caught in the weather or something?

silentorpheus
03-09-2014, 18:30
Oh right, just looked it up. Something similar happened at Bull's Island thought they were the same thing.

kayak karl
03-09-2014, 18:35
I tree fell. I can't remember details, but don't want to disrespect anyone by guessing :(

NJTroutstalker
03-09-2014, 20:36
Yeah color me ashamed. For years I've been trying to get my wife to go camping. She doesn't do tents. I stumbled across the cabins while doing a search.

All these years, oh well. This is a start!

kayak karl
03-09-2014, 20:57
Yeah color me ashamed. For years I've been trying to get my wife to go camping. She doesn't do tents. I stumbled across the cabins while doing a search.

All these years, oh well. This is a start!

Also cabins at Brenden Byrne, Bass River, Atsion Lake and Belleplain(favorite of mine)

MAP (http://goo.gl/maps/74yWY)

kayak karl
03-09-2014, 20:59
i forgot KAYAKING (http://www.alandsams.com/)

NJTroutstalker
03-10-2014, 08:20
Also cabins at Brenden Byrne, Bass River, Atsion Lake and Belleplain(favorite of mine)



MAP (http://goo.gl/maps/74yWY)


Yeah, I love my big family but, with only a month to reserve there are even fewer that can accommodate 5 in a cabin. Bass river is the only option on your list. I looked there too. Parvin works out because we have friends coming and they are a family of 4, so we got them right next to each other.

It does appear to be leafy so I'll start messing with a hammock too.

Ratdog
03-10-2014, 11:15
Several cabins at Atsion will easily accommodate 5 persons. The cabins at Pakim Pond are smaller but hey, you can sleep outside in a hammock, right?

I don't think the cabins are open until after April 1.

Have only fished a little at Parvin. What K.Karl said is spot on.
Best of luck and enjoy.