Turkey Swamp Park

Main Park Area (Lake, Campground, Picnic Areas)
200 Georgia Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

732-462-7286 - Campground Office/General Park Information
732-462-9265 - Ranger Station
Turkey Swamp Park Brochure & Map 

Nomoco Activity Area Group Campground
143 Nomoco Road, Freehold, NJ 07728


Park opens at 7 a.m. 365 days a year.
Closing time is 8 p.m. through April 12; 8:30 p.m. April 12-May 2; and 9 p.m. May 3-June 7.   

fishing at turkey swamp parkPlease note the following changes to our campground policy:    

   1) must be 21 years of age or older to rent a campsite
   2) 3-day minimum stay is required on holiday weekends

This 2,173 acre wooded park was acquired and developed with campers in mind. A major attraction is the 17-acre lake for fishing, boating, and ice-skating. The park also features miles of trails, an archery range and playgrounds.

A walk through Turkey Swamp reveals a primitive wilderness.  Much of the park is forested by pitch pine and oak trees with an understory of bracken fern, pepper bush, blueberry, and catbriar. Many plants and animals associated with the NJ Pine Barrens can be found here.

Boat Rentals & Fishing
Visitors to the park can fish for bass, catfish, and bluegills either from the shore or from kayaks, rowboats, canoes and paddleboats available for rental in summer. Bait (nightcrawler and garden worms) can be purchased in the Campground Office from April-November. Boat rentals are available weekends only from May 1 through June 16 and then daily until Labor Day and weekends only again from Labor Day through Columbus Day. Boat rental hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. See the fee schedule below.

The cost of boat rental is as follows:   

  • 1 hour - $12.62 (tax not included)
  • each additional 15 minutes - $4.44 (tax not included)
  • A refundable deposit of $10 is required for individual rental. Group rentals are available; deposit of $50 is required.  (Updated 2/2015)

Archery Range
Turkey Swamp Park features an archery range that is open year round during posted park hours. This stand-up range features seven shooting stations, varying from 15 to 40 yards. Each station is composed of two excelsior bales. Those under 18 years of age shall be supervised by someone age 21 or older. Users must provide their own equipment including paper targets. No broadhead arrows allowed, only field points.  The Park System offers archery clinics as well as an introduction to archery clinic for organized groups. Check our Program & Registration page for details.

Athletic Field Rentals
Two soccer fields are available for rental for games only. Visit our Athletic Field Rentals page for further information.

History & Name of the Park 
This park was named "Turkey" after the historical label for Adelphia, and "Swamp" because the thick forest with its high water table forms sphagnum bogs wherever the land dips. The core of the park (lake, picnic areas and campgrounds) was purchased in 1963, while the addition of adjacent land in the 1970s and more recently gave the park its present configuration.

lake at turkey swamp park

Family Campground | Camp Sites Layout
Wooded campsites, Electrical service, Water service (April 1 - November 15), Drinking water, Modern restroom with hot showers and laundry, a self serve sanitary dump station for campers with holding tanks. (It is free for park campers and available for a fee for others), Fire rings for charcoal cooking and campfires, picnic tables, children's playground.  

Telephone reservations are available using Visa, Discover, or MasterCard by calling the Campground office at 732-462-7286 after 11 a.m. daily.  Mail-in reservations are accepted with check or money order using the Reservation Request Form. Full payment is required at the time the reservation is made.  See our fees.

For phone-in and mail advanced reservations, a two-night minimum is required on weekends, three nights on holiday weekends.  Walk-in reservations, using cash, check or credit card, are available on day-of-stay and no minimum stay is required.

Internet reservations are not available.  Advanced reservations are accepted for the current calendar year only.

Group Campgrounds
At the park's Nomoco Activity Area (143 Nomoco Rd., Freehold, one mile southwest of the main entrance), platform tent camping is available to groups from chartered organizations from April 1 - November 15. For reservations and information, call 732-462-7286. Reservations can be made at the shelter building, at the park, or by mail.

Reservable Group Picnic Areas
Turkey Swamp Park features reservable group picnic areas and is a great spot to host a family reunion, an office get together or a bunch of friends.

Multi-use and fitness trails traverse the park which is located at the northern end of the NJ Pine Barrens. Turkey Swamp's terrain is relatively level and the 17 acre lake adds scenic interest.
(9.15 miles of trails)

Park Map with Trails (pdf)

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