Waterloo Camping Rules & Guidelines

NEW for 2015 – Camping at Highlands Festival at Waterloo!

Important camping information, please read thoroughly:

Camping Reservations & Details
There are limited campsites available. We recommend you book online and make your reservation as early as possible to ensure your camping spot. Make your reservation now. There is an 8 person limit per campsite. RVs are welcome. Two cars per site will be allowed. Camping at Waterloo is primitive: There are no showers and there is no electricity hookup in the camping area.

Camping Location at Waterloo
Campers will be located at Waterloo Concert Field only. When entering the Waterloo Concert Field, parking in campsites will be on the right. Note there will be signage indicating the designated campsite area and festival staff checking you in.

Camping Questions? Email: jennifer@njhighlandscoalition.org


Alcohol – Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.


Firearms – A person shall not possess or discharge any firearm, pellet

gun, bow and arrow, slingshot or other weapon capable of injuring people or wildlife. Hunters in compliance with Division of Fish and

Wildlife hunting laws are exempted. Target practice is prohibited.


Fires – Fires are permitted only in stoves, fireplaces, fire rings or in

approved camp stoves provided by the camper. Fires may be prohibited

due to forest fire threat when prevailing conditions warrant this

precaution. Any device that produces a flame is prohibited inside a



Firewood – Firewood is not provided at cabins, campsites, lean-tos,

shelters or yurts, but it can be purchased at some areas.


Minimum Age – A campsite, lean-to, shelter, cabin or yurt must be

reserved and occupied by at least one responsible person, 18 years of

age of older. A group campsite or cabin must be occupied by a

minimum of one adult supervisor, age 18 years of age or older, for

every nine campers who are under 18 years of age in the group.


Motor Vehicle Speed Limit – Motor vehicles of all types must be

properly registered, licensed and insured. Authorized motor vehicles

are restricted to established roads and parking areas. Unless otherwise

posted, motor vehicle speed limit is 35 miles per hour on improved

roads and 20 miles per hour on dirt, gravel, or sand roads.


Pets – Pets are not permitted in camping facilities


Fires – Adult campers are responsible for the supervision and

safety of their campfires and any damage/injuries they may cause.

To make your camping experience at state park camping

facilities/sites more pleasant, please follow the safety tips:


  • Never leave a fire, hot ashes or charcoal unattended. Before

leaving the fire, douse all embers and sticks with water until they

are cool to the touch.


  • Gas and other fuels for camping stoves and lanterns are highly

flammable and should never be used to start a fire.


  • Children should never be allowed to play around the campfire

area or near hot coals. Hot charcoal and fireplace ashes are

dangerous and may cause severe burns.


  • Keep a 10-foot clearance between fire and combustible



  • Use lantern poles to hang lanterns


Ticks – Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing so that you can

more easily see ticks. A hat and long-sleeve shirt will add

protection. Stay on the trails and in open areas so you may avoid

tick infested areas.

Tuck your pants into your socks or boots and your shirt into your

pants. This will lessen the likelihood of ticks crawling into your



Check yourself often so you can pull ticks off before they attach.

Ticks require many hours to attach. If you do find a tick which is

attached, pull it off slowly. Make sure to remove the entire tick.

Consult your physician at your earliest convenience.


Bears, Raccoons, Skunks, Squirrels and Geese – People can

influence the behavior of animals. This is especially true at

campgrounds where food and camping supplies may attract

wildlife. Please follow the rules:


  • Never feed wild animals. Feeding wildlife does more harm than

good, especially when wild animals begin to expect to find food at

your campsite and become pests.


  • Keep your campsite clean. Food, wrappers, and leftovers will

attract bears and other wildlife.


  • Store food and coolers in your car. Do not leave food or coolers

out at your campsite or put them in your tent or tent trailer.


  • Bears and raccoons have become especially adept at opening

coolers or just ransacking food storage containers left at the site.


  • Please all garbage in proper disposal containers.


  • Never attempt to touch a wild animal. If you observe an animal

behaving oddly, it may be sick. Do not approach it; report the

animal to a park employee.


Bear Information:


  1. Campsite Restrictions and Enforcement:

Each region of the state has varying degrees of bear incident potential. High bear density areas coupled with high human activity are considered High Bear Incident Potential Areas. High Incident Potential Areas will have specific use restrictions. Restrictions must be posted at select areas (signage will be provided by the Trenton office). The Northern Region and sections of the Central Region have a higher incident potential than the Shore and Southern Regions. Based upon densities a graduated system of camping restrictions as follows:



High Incident Potential Areas (North of Interstate 78 and West of Interstate 287):

  1. Coolers, food scraps, cosmetics, soap and personal hygiene products must be secured in a vehicle at all times.
  2. Coolers and food may never be stored in a tent.
  3. Cooking and eating in tents is prohibited.
  4. All leftovers, utensils, and trash shall be secured in a vehicle after completion of the meal.
  5. Trash bags shall be removed from campsites immediately after use and stored in a vehicle or placed in a bear-proof dumpster.
  6. Vehicles must be secured when being used for food or trash storage, windows must be closed, etc. Trunks are preferred for storage.
  7. Failure to comply may result in eviction and /or prosecution.