A Note to those interested in camping or group activity at Camp Wyanokie. Camp Wyanokie is OPEN TO ANYONE.
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A CAMPSITE Please note that use of the Camp Wyanokie picnic pavilion and campsites are by RESERVATION ONLY. The camp is considered a “rustic camping area”. We are NOT able to accommodate RV’s and we do not offer ANY campsites with running water, toilets, electricity or WiFi. Just 150 pristine acres of woodlands, a 5 acre lake, and hiking trails. We do have two latrines/outhouses, as well as fire pits and charcoal grills. Camp Wyanokie in West Milford NJ is a GREAT place for Boy Scout or Girl Scout outings, group meetings and kids birthday parties.
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.
Camp Wyanokie Family Day Video
Set in 150 acres of forest at the edge of Norvin Green State Forest, the camp surrounds a sparkling five acre lake (no swimming, or boats/watercraft of any kind are allowed.) 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 or fish for bluegill, crappie and bass. Take a walk around the lake to bird watch 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 five acre lake you are surrounded by 150 acres of forest, dotted with 10 rustic campsites for family camping (no campers or RVs). Near the lake shore is our covered picnic pavilion with tables, a large charcoal grill and a fireplace which can accommodate up to 50 people for kids parties, scout outings family picnics or even overnight camping. Camp Wyanokie is “rustic” but does have a hand pump water well and two latrines (out-houses.)
Campers will appreciate our “rustic” campsites. Most have lean-to shelters, all have space for tent camping, a picnic table NJ Fire Service approved fire rings and a charcoal grill. In addition we have LARGE CAMPSITES for big groups. Our WEST CAMPSITE can easily accommodate groups of 50 people.
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 fishing, a day hike or picnic. A reservation is required if you plan to use the picnic pavilion or one of our campsites for your “day-cation” 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 at our information kiosk. You can head to Norvin Green South from Camp Wyanokie. Trail map here: https://www.nynjtc.org/sites/default/files/NYNJTC_NorvinGreen-South2017-WebsiteMap.pdf
Camp Wyanokie is administered by a Commission comprised of representatives from each of the five owner towns with a Management Committee that includes trustees of the Camp Wyanokie Association.
There is a nominal charge for use of the facilities to residents of the five towns. A reservation is required for use of the Lion’s Den picnic pavilion, and all campsites. Overnight camping is restricted to the permitted sites. NJ State Forest Rangers as well as West Milford Police patrol the property, 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, located at 550 Snake Den Red. West Milford, NJ 07480
GPS ADDRESS: 550 Snake Den Rd. West Milford NJ, 07480.
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.