Rules & Regulations

SERVICE GROUPS using Camp Wyanokie are expected to perform some service to maintain the facilities during their camp stay. A list of projects to be worked on is available–litter cleanup and latrine sweeping top the list.

CAMPING PERMITS are required for overnight or large group day trips. Obtain permit from North Caldwell Recreation Office, Could Avenue, North Caldwell (973) 228-6432.

LAKE AND LAKE USAGE–Swimming is prohibited by State Water Safety regulations. Boating requires prior permission. No motors are allowed. Fishing is permitted under State Regulations. Please return undersized fish to the lake.

FIREARMS–Under NO circumstances are loaded firearms, air rifles, explosives, or fireworks permitted within the confines of Camp Wyanokie.

FIRE PERMITS–A fire permit is required by State Law for any outside fire. Fires must be confined to fireplaces. Such a permit may be obtained from Kevin Drake, District Fire Warden, 842 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ 07480, (973) 697-9389, or the Forest fire Service in Franklin, NJ at (973) 827-6100.  Please send your name, address, date and time of your trip.

SANITATION–Campers should remove all garbage–cans, bottles, paper, metal foil, etc. from the property. Disposal by burial is not permitted. The dumpster is for use by day hikers only.


The two latrines in the central camp area must be utilized for toilet facilities.

WATER SUPPLY–Drinking water is available from the pump located near the turnaround. Brook Water should be considered unsuitable for drinking unless boiled or chlorinated. Washing of eating utensils or bathing at the pump or in the brook or lake is not permitted; care must be taken not to pollute the area waters in any way.

LANTERNS & PORTABLE STOVES–Gasoline, kerosene, propane lanterns and portable stoves are permitted under the supervision of an experienced group leader. No propane containers are to be left in camp. Fuel must be stored in an Underwriters Approved container.

CONDUCT—Conduct or language which is indecent or unduly annoying to others is prohibited and may be sufficient reason for removal/arrest/prosecution of the offending person(s).

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES–Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, including beer, is not permitted on the property without written permission of the Commission. Any evidence of beer or alcohol consumption may result in the loss of camping privileges and prosecution.

MOTOR VEHICLES–Off-road vehicles are prohibited on the property. Licensed motor vehicles are restricted to defined roadways and parking areas.

MISCELLANEOUS–Only dead and down trees may be used for firewood. No standing tree or shrub may be cut or in any way defaced. Rocks and other debris are not to be thrown into the lake or streams.  Dogs and other pets are to be kept on a leash at all times while in camp. Excessive noise between the hours of 10pm and 6am is prohibited.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY–Telephone the West Milford Police Department at (973) 728-2800.

Neighbors may be contacted for farther assistance (on Snake Den Road).

BULLETIN – For Camp Wyanokie Group Permit Holders

Revised 04/25/2000

To supplement the brochure and Rules and Regulations, this bulletin is intended to provide further information to ensure cleanliness and security at camp so your group will enjoy it’s stay.

  1. Groups are expected to police the camp sites, access road and trails for cans, bottles and other non-biodegradable material starting at the entrance (first sign on the top of the hill entering the camp and logging road on the left) till the property ends (houses approaching Norvin Green State Forest); and the Lion’s Den area. Plastic garbage bags are suggested; litter may be deposited in the dumpster.
  2. Since we are in a watershed, use of the two latrines is mandatory! You can help by sweeping and sanitizing these facilities so they will be more inviting for your group and others to use. Only human waste should go into these pits, otherwise the fermentation action will be retarded. Plan to bring needed supplies with you. If you run out check with the Ranger.

The above is in keeping with our policy of expecting all permit groups to perform a service for their use of the camp. Other projects are available for those interested from the permit issuers.

Since we are on a town road security can be a problem. Unauthorized persons have used the camp to have parties. This has occurred occasionally on Friday and Saturday nights or very early in the morning on other days.

  1. Any unruly person or group should be asked to leave. If you do not wish to challenge these people, contact the Ranger (Bill Bednarski) located at the last house on the left on Snake den Road. She will make a phone available to call the West Milford police at 728-2802, any time of the day or night. A public phone is available in the vicinity of the Mobile station at the intersection of west Brook and Otter Hole Roads.
  2. It is suggested that Girl Scout troops or similar groups, call the West Milford police in advance and ask that the road be patrolled during their stay, particularly at night.
  3. If you hear unruly noise at night or sense a potential problem, immediate action by the group leader will help insure the safety of the campers, their personal property and their unattended vehicles.

Camping in vehicles including vans, trailers or popup tents is not permitted. We do not have parking space or facilities to accommodate them. The camp is intended for LOW IMPACT camping only.