Text Box: MAHLON

Text Box: Weldon Road
Jefferson Township
New Jersey
(973) 697-3140
Text Box: www.morrisparks.net


















(This brochure does not imply any endorsement by the Army)





Tent Site



Shelter Site



RV Site w/ hookup



Military Rate **



*NOTE: Weekly discounted rate requires payment of full amount at time of registration.

**NOTE:  Military rate applies to active duty or retired only, with U.S. Military ID.

Reservation Fee

$5 per site

Use of Dump Station

 (non-registered RVs)


Camping Area Group Council Ring – Group Use Fee

$10 per day


$2 per “rack”

Tent Rental (2 day min) $5 per day






Reservations are available for groups or families for all trailer, tent, and shelter sites. Reservations are processed through the Visitor Center at the Saffin Rock-Rill Area of Mahlon Dickerson Reservation. There are two ways to make reservations.

BY MAIL: Reservations processed by mail must be received at least two weeks in advance with the appropriate payment.

IN PERSON: Reservations may be made in person at the Visitor Center anytime prior to the reservation date.

We cannot accept telephone reservations or credit card payments at this time.

A deposit of one night’s fee for each site and payment of the Reservation Fee is required to confirm reservations. Refunds are not issued. Reservations canceled at least 48 hours in advance will receive a credit for the site fee for a future visit. The Reservation Fee will not be credited.



CAMPERS WITHOUT RESERVATIONS will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Campers without reservations must register and obtain a permit prior to occupying a site.

·         WHEN THE OFFICE IS OPEN:  Campers without reservations must register at the Visitor Center (or Campground Office, May – Oct).

·         WHEN THE OFFICE IS CLOSED: Campers without reservations must register with the Camp Host at the Trailer Area.

·         QUICK REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:  Campers may also utilize the “Quick Registration” envelopes located at the entrance to the Trailer Area to register and pay when park staff is not available. The drop box is located at the directory at the entrance to the Trailer Area.

Campers with reservations may proceed directly to their assigned sites. Park staff will place a “Site Occupied” card at the site in advance of scheduled arrival. “Site Occupied” cards show the reservation name and reservation dates for the site.

All campers are encouraged to register before 6:00 p.m.

A permit indicating site assignment is issued for campers with and without reservations upon payment of camping fees.


Groups that are not camping may reserve the Camping Area Council Ring for a daytime or evening activity by obtaining a permit from the Visitor Center.


The Trailer Area Council Ring is for registered campers only and is not available for outside group use. Registered campers may use Camping and Trailer Area Council Rings on a first-come, first-served basis with no fee, unless previously reserved.



Applicable Park Commission Rules & Regulations are posted at the Information Directory in each area. Please read them before using the facilities.

The following summary applies to campers:

·         Minimum age to purchase a camping permit is 18 years. The permit holder must occupy the campsite and is responsible for any damage to the site.

·         Checkout time is 12:00 noon.

·         Visitors of registered guests must leave the park by 10:00 p.m.

·         Quiet hours are in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

·         Camping and trailer sites are for overnight camping use only.

·         Maximum camping period is limited to fourteen (14) days within any thirty (30) day period.

·         Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

·         Tent platforms (12’x12’) are provided in each tent site and must be used whenever possible. A maximum of two tents is permitted at each tent site. One additional tent may be used outside at the Adirondack Shelter sites. Tents must be kept within the “hardened” campsite area.

·         Trailers and Motor Homes, not to exceed thirty-five (35) feet in length and must use trailer sites. Mobile Homes are not permitted. One tent is permitted within each trailer site.

·         Campfires are only permitted in areas designated for this purpose. Fire rings are provided at each tent, shelter, and council ring site.

·         Charcoal grills are provided at each trailer site, for charcoal use only. Wood fires are not permitted at trailer sites.

·         Fires (wood or charcoal) shall not be left unattended and shall be completely extinguished before the campsite is vacated, or before retiring for the night.

·         All campers are responsible for disposing of their own garbage in the dumpsters provided and recycling in the proper containers. Areas must be kept clean and free of debris. Garbage and trash must not be disposed of in campfires.

·         Dumping of wastewater (gray water) in campsites is prohibited.

·         Washing of clothing, persons, or dishes at any potable water supply point is prohibited.

·         ALL PETS must be leashed at all times and cleaned up after. Any nuisance will be the responsibility of the campsite permit holder.

·         Vehicles must be parked in designated areas.

·         The cutting or damaging of trees is prohibited.

·         Operation of portable or vehicle-mounted electrical generators is prohibited.

·          Use of trails outside the Trailer and Camping Areas is prohibited after dark.



·         18 paved, wooded trailer sites w/ picnic tables & charcoal grills

·         Electrical hookups (30 & 50 amp)

·         Water hookups (May – Oct), some sites may require extra hose to reach water hookup

·         Drinking fountain (May – Oct)

·         Heated restrooms & showers (all year)

·         Sanitary dump station (free for registered RVs)

·         Pay telephone & Information Directory

·         Field for volleyball, badminton, and other lawn games

·         Seasonal Campground Office (May – Oct)

·         Campfire Council Ring

·         Self-guided nature trail

·          Drop box & Quick Registration envelopes







·         4 Adirondack Shelters (9’x11’ lean-to) w/ picnic tables & reflector fire ring

·         8 Tent sites (12’x12’ tent platforms) w/ picnic tables and fire rings

·         2 Port-a-Johns (1 handicapped accessible)

·         Water point (behind shelter #4)

·         Information Directory

·         Campfire Council Ring w/ log seats

·          Firewood for sale (limited hours)


PARK POLICE 973-326-7654





Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is located one mile east of Route 15 on Weldon Road in Jefferson Township. The 3,000-acre forested park includes a Trailer Area, Tent Camping Area, Picnic Area, 12-acre pond, and many miles of trails.



9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Fri, Sat, Sun.)

Campground Office @ Trailer Area (May-Oct)

Visitor Center @ Saffin Rock-Rill (Oct-May)



For more information on camping and activities at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation:

In Person:

·         Campground Office @ Trailer Area

·         Visitor Center @ Saffin Rock-Rill Area

Phone – FAX – E-mail:

·         (973) 663-9636 (FAX)

MCPC Web Site:

Mail:   Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

          PO Box 684, Lake Hopatcong, NJ  07849







APPLICANT’S NAME: ____________________________________

VEH. LIC. #: _______________  STATE:  ___  DR. LIC.  #:  ______________________  STATE:  ___

NAME OF GROUP (if applicable): _____________________________________________________

MAILING ADDRESS: ________________________________________________________________

CITY: ______________________________________________  STATE: _______  ZIP: ___________

PHONE: (      )__________________  (      )___________________  NO. IN PARTY:  ______ PETS [  ]

CAMPING DATES     FROM: ______________  TO:  _______________  NO. OF NIGHTS:  ________

TYPE OF SITE REQUIRED:   [     ] TENT     [     ] SHELTER     [     ] TRAILER (RV/Trlr size): _____


Accessible Campsites Are Available. Please Check Here If You Need An Accessible Site  [    ]

Campsite applicant / permit holder must be 18 years of age or older and is responsible for knowing and abiding by all applicable

park regulations. Permit holder must occupy site and is responsible for the actions and safety of persons / pets. Campsite

reservations are subject to availability. If a reservation cannot be granted, full payment will be returned. Make checks payable

to Morris County Park Commission. Send completed form with payment to:

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, PO Box 684, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, 0784