On the following dates the park will be closed for a deer management program at Duke Island Park: January 19th and February 9th.
Located in Bridgewater Township, Duke Island
Park is a site of rich natural beauty which offers varied recreational
experiences. Truly an "island" park,
it is traversed by the historic Raritan Power Canal. The Somerset County
Park Commission acquired this 343 acre site in 1958, and has developed
it to provide a wide variety of active and passive recreational opportunities
and special events for park visitors.
Biking in Duke Island Park
Duke Island Park offers bike trails for those Somerset County biking enthusiasts.
Duke Island Park offers five picnic areas, three of which feature a pavilion. Reservations are available for groups of 20 or more. Each of these picnic
groves has at least 12 tables and
8 grills. Additional picnic tables line the
picturesque river trail, and are available on a casual basis. Among these is
a fully accessible area, with a paved path, concrete patio, and tables which
accommodate wheelchair seating. A playground is located in the park adjacent
to play and picnic areas. It features innovative, barrier free equipment.
Athletics and Lifetime Sport Opportunities
One softball field is available by permit for leagues and tournaments. When
not reserved for this use, the fields are available for those who wish to practice
or have a friendly pickup game. In the winter, supervised ice skating and general
cross country skiing are offered when weather permits. The Raritan River is
stocked by the New Jersey Department of Fish, Game, and Wildlife, and offers
prime fishing locations for beginner and expert anglers. Hikers, walkers, and
birdwatchers may take advantage of the trails which follow along the river
and pass through the extensive wooded areas.
The Visitors Center is located near the main parking area, and houses the Park
Ranger office and the rest room facilities. Rangers are available for information
on the park recreation activities, and brochures and maps of the Park Commission
facilities and programs are available.
E-mail Leisure Services with any questions or comments.
• Duke Island Brochure (pdf
Island Park Map (pdf file)
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Older Childrens' Playground
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