Leave all valuables (cameras, jewelry, money, etc.) at home or locked in the trunk of your car.
Leave car keys with BHP or if you must take keys, attach car keys to belt loop or canoe/kayak. Avoid holding them in your pockets.
Use eyeglass holder to prevent losing eyeglasses.
Use waterproof bags for cell phones, food, or extra clothing, and tie in canoe/kayak.
CANOE & KAYAK TIPS
One life jacket per person must accompany each canoe/kayak.
Wear your life jacket.
Do not attempt a longer trip than you are capable of completing.
Wear river shoes or old sneakers.
DO NOT LITTER or destroy our beautiful forests and streams.
Carry extra dry clothing in a waterproof container.
Bring suntan lotion and insect repellent.
If you tip, keep upstream of canoe/kayak.
THINGS TO BRING
River shoes or old sneakers
Straps for glasses
Water-tight dry bags
Change of clothing
Length of rope to secure supplies
Any necessary camping gear
WHARTON STATE FOREST - For Camping Reservations call (609) 561-3262
Alcoholic beverages are NEVER permitted on the rivers nor at the campsites. Rangers do patrol, and violators can be fined and arrested. Pets are permitted on the rivers, inside of boats, during the day. In addition, pets are permitted at several WSF campsites overnight (including Goshen Pond, Batona Camp, Lower Forge, and Hawkins Bridge) if the pet owners present proof of up to date vaccinations. Permits for campsites along the Wading River are obtained at Batsto. Permits for the Mullica and Batsto River campsites may obtained either at Batsto or the Atsion Ranger Station. Fire permits are only issued when conditions are suitable, so you should always have an alternate cooking means such as propane or Coleman stove. It is recommended that you reserve your camping permit in advance.