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John C. Bartlett Jr.
Ocean County Freeholder

Michael Mangum
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Kenneth F. Pullen
General Supervisor

Mary J. Bavais
Superintendent of Recreation


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All of our parks have at least a few picnic tables for casual visitors and groups with up to 25 people to use. For groups with more than 25 people, you may reserve the picnic area at select parks for a fee. See below for the list of parks where reservations are accepted:


Group Picnics - Picnic Locations & Maximum Capacities

A. Paul King County Park, Manahawkin75 persons
Berkeley Island Co. Park, Berkeley Twp.60 persons
Ocean County Park, Lakewood600 persons
Robert J. Miller Airpark, Berkeley Twp.300 persons
Stanley H. "Tip" Seaman Park, Tuckerton200 persons
Wells Mills County Park, Waretown99 persons
Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood75 persons


Beginning March 1 of each year, reservations for large groups are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All reservations must be made AT LEAST three weeks before the requested date for picnics held between April 1 and November 1.

A fee is charged based upon the size of the group, and proof of insurance is required for groups of 300 or more persons.  Click here for the Picnic Reservation Form and Picnic Rules. Reservation Forms and payment may be submitted by mail or in person to the Parks Administration Office in Toms River; or in person at Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood and Wells Mills County Park in Waretown.

  • No reservations on holidays

  • Beer in cans or kegs, wine in wine boxes are allowed by permit only

  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted outside the picnic area, including sports fields, trails, and Nature Centers


For small gatherings of less than 25 people, visit one of these parks:

Freedom Fields County Park, Little Egg Harbor Twp
Mill Creek County Park, Berkeley Twp.
Eno's Pond County Park, Lacey Township
Patriots' County Field Sports Complex, Jackson Township
Beaver Dam Creek County Park, Point Pleasant
Lake Shenandoah County Park and Sports Complex, Lakewood Twp
Cloverdale Farm County Park, Barnegat Township
Mantoloking Bridge Fishing Pier, Brick Township
Cattus Island County Park, Toms River Township
Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood
Wells Mills County Park, Waretown
Stanley H. "Tip" Seaman Park, Tuckerton
Robert J. Miller Airpark, Berkeley Twp.
Ocean County Park, Lakewood
Berkeley Island Co. Park, Berkeley Twp.
A. Paul King County Park, Manahawkin


For more detailed information, Rules and Regulations, or a Picnic Reservation Form, telephone us at 1-877-OCPARKS or 1-732-506-9090, ext. 5954.