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Paddling Round Valley Reservoir

Brian G.

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Round Valley Reservoir is located in Hunterdon County. It's nicknamed the Bermuda triangle of New Jersey.



Where to Launch?

The easiest access point would be the boat launch on the north end of Round Valley. Here is the Google Map pin for the location.


Permit Required

This launch is managed by Fish & Game and requires a boat ramp maintenance permit or an active fishing license. This is actively checked Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is a booth at the entrance and they will check.

Where can I get a permit?

You can do so online here.


Start filling in the information to either create an account or login. The system will automatically determine if you have an account or not.

You will want to select the 2023 Boat Ramp Permit for $15.

If you have an active fishing license you do NOT need to buy a boat ramp permit, this also allows you entry. I believe the Walmart in the area also sells physical boat ramp permits.

The boat launch is open 24/7.

Launch Through the State Park


Gates close Dawn to Dusk, so this launch is not open 24/7. Since water conditions are pretty low it's a bit of walk as well. This does NOT require a boat launch permit. Round Valley does charge an entrance fee, however, it was free in 2022. We will have to see if this will apply to 2023 or not.


You can reserve a camp site here.



Things to Consider

Round Valley can get pretty windy, since it's very round there isn't much coverage in the middle. Download an app like Windy.



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