About Camp Wyanokie
Gifted to the towns of Caldwell, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland and West Caldwell for use by residents, Camp Wyanokie is a place of beauty, serenity and isolation. Camp Wyanokie has been enjoyed by West Essex area campers, hikers and picnickers since the property was first purchased in 1919 by a group of local campers. Ownership was deeded to the five towns in 1972, making Camp Wyanokie a community commitment to the preservation of open space. Tax- free status was approved for the property on appeal in 1988, so operating costs to the owner towns are minimal. Camp Wyanokie is administered by a Commission comprised of appointed representatives from each of the five owner towns with a Management Committee that includes trustees of the Camp Wyanokie Association.
Set in 150 acres of forest at the edge of Norvin Green State Forest, the camp surrounds a sparkling five acre lake. In all seasons, Camp Wyanokie is an ecological wonderland, offering an opportunity to relax and enjoy nature at its best. Explore the lake shores and streams for tadpoles, salamanders and sunnies. Take a walk around the lake to birdwatch or identify animal tracks and plant species. The forest begins as you approach the camp area on Snake Den Road, a narrow gravel road which, however, is township-maintained to serve a few residences in the area.
Overlooking the lake, the woods are dotted with rustic facilities for picnics and low impact ground camping (no campers or RVs), including two latrines. There are no plumbing facilities, but regularly -tested well water is available at a hand pump and is safe to drink.
Near the shore is the Lion’s Den, an open-sided pavilion with picnic tables and a fireplace.
Campers will appreciate the four designated camp sites, with leantos of varying size, cooking fireplaces and picnic tables. Volunteers, especially local Boy Scouts fulfilling service project requirements for their Eagle Scout award, contribute to the maintenance and improvements at the camp.
Plan a Day Trip
The best way to get acquainted with Camp Wyanokie is to plan a day trip. It’s a perfect setting for a picnic and no permits are needed if you’re going for the day and you won’t be building a fire. Paths from the camping area lead to clearly marked hiking trails that criss-cross the Wyanokie plateau. The New York / New Jersey Trail Conference is responsible for marking and maintaining the trails. A trail map is posted in the Lion’s Den and a printed map is available on request.
Camp Wyanokie is administered by a Commission comprised of representatives from each of the five owner towns with a Management Committee that included trustees of the Camp Wyanokie Association.
There is no charge for use of the facilities to residents of the five towns, but a permit is required for fires, all overnight camping, and day trips by groups of 10 or more. All visitors are expected to abide by the Rules and Regulations. Overnight camping is restricted to the permitted site. A camp ranger patrols the site, enforces rules, and checks for permits.
Imagine having your own private forest to visit when you feel like getting away from it all. It’s waiting for you at Camp Wyanokie, a natural wilderness environment only minutes from civilization, and less than an hour from home in West Milford, NJ.
DIRECTIONS: ROUTE 23 north to a right turn onto ECHO LAKE ROAD (approximately 15 miles from Rt. 80 interchange). ECHO LAKE ROAD for 2.2 miles to a left turn onto MACOPIN ROAD. MACOPIN ROAD for 1.9 miles just past the West Milford H.S. (on the right) to a right turn onto WEST BROOK ROAD. WEST BROOK ROAD for 0.7 miles to fork (service station); bear left at fork (Otter Road bears right); continue on WEST BROOK ROAD for another 1.4 miles to a right turn onto SNAKE DEN ROAD, (just past Kitchell Lake and Kitchell Lake Drive East on the left). Follow SNAKE DEN ROAD, which begins as a paved road and becomes a gravel road, to CAMP WYANOKIE, approximately 3/4 miles.