Park Advisory - All park events and picnics are currently suspended until April 30, 2020. Parks and open space will remain open to the public for passive recreation, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas. However, restrooms, comfort stations, playgrounds, dog parks, basketball and tennis courts, the flying field, and similar facilities are closed until further notice in order to protect public health and safety. We ask that the public practice social distancing and refrain from large groups while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
The Helmetta Pond Paddling Trail is a self-guided, interpretive tour of Helmetta Pond, part of the Jamesburg Park Conservation Area
, located in Helmetta, NJ. Paddlers can put their canoes or kayaks into the pond at the boat launch located off Maple Street in Helmetta. Paddlers should look for a series of numbered signs, located clockwise around the pond. Those numbers correspond to the interpretive information found in the guide. Users will learn more about the plants and animals that live in the area, the special habitats found nearby and the historic past of the pond and nearby industry.
Click here to download the printable Trail Guide.
Portable restrooms, picnic tables, a fishing pier, and a children’s playground are also avail be near the boat launch.
Paddlers should plan for the weather conditions and wear appropriate clothing. They should bring safety gear and know how to use it. A Life Jacket (PFD--personal flotation device) only works when you are wearing it. Paddlers should carry waterproof emergency ID, contact information and a fully charged cell phone in a dry bag. Be sure to inform someone of your travel plans.
Paddlers should respect private property, fellow boaters and wildlife. Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation and NJ Fish and Game
rules and regulations are in effect.