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“Great area for a day trip, especially in the summer”

Spruce Run Recreation Area
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Clinton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

The park is very nice, seems lots of originally installed activity items are in disrepair however. The summer crowd at the lake beach are very messy and seem to not respect the beauty of nature and the park. Seems to be lots of inner city living folks coming out to the country to get away yet bring their city ways with them and leaving it behind as well: leaving their newspapers blowing away, old diapers left behind, loud music blaring , ... Spring , fall and winter are much more quiet and enjoyable for hikes or possible picnics and no fee like the summer.

5  Thank Eeeee S
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We visited Spruce Run with our dog in the off-season. The beach was empty and it was a nice peaceful walk around the grounds which allowed out dog to run around and play in the water. I'm sure it's not pet friendly when in season but it looks like a great alternative to the otherwise over crowded NJ beaches along our shore.

They must do a Hot Air Balloon event nearby because we were treated to the sight of several colorful hot air balloons floating across the sky.

Thank Sonofbaldo
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Reviewed 10 October 2013 via mobile

Spruce Run is a hidden gem in central New Jersey. An perfect place to walk your dogs in autumn (year round really). Outside of your typical summer holiday weekends (Memorial Day-Labor Day); the park is so large it's tough not to find your own space. However, the best thing about Spruce Run? No boat engines above 10hp. Yup, it's an enjoyable place to sail, canoe, kayak etc. And you don't have to worry about some idiot (who doesn't have his boater's license) throwing a huge wake. Kept a Highlander there for two seasons now. The reservoir is a great place to stretch her legs.

Thank ShellyDoodles
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

The fish are just moving up from their wintering areas and if you play it right, know your baits and find the channels the fish use to get to the spawning areas you will haver a great day.

1  Thank Sebastiano S
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Went here recently with my family of four. Here are the pros & cons:

Pros:
- BEAUTIFUL lake that offers rental boats.
- Small beach that was clean.
- Water that looked nice (could not go in - look under my Cons)

Cons:
- Some bacterial infection had closed the water for swimming. Signs were posted at the entrance to the lake, but nothing had been posted on the park's website that morning. Advanced notice would have been GREATLY appreciated and a reduced fee would have been appreciated. As it was, we drove 2 hours only to find out we couldn't go swimming. If you're going to have a major part of an attraction closed, at least give a discount!!!
- The bathrooms were terrible, especially the one in the boathouse where personnel were giving out paper towels because they'd run out of toilet paper. I hope the Parks Department had a plumber on call!
- The boathouse personnel were nasty and just plain stupid. With swimming cancelled, they should have been ready for a lot of people wanting to rent boats and they just weren't.

If you live in the area, give it a try. If you don't, pass.

1  Thank NjMoma2
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