Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Bait & Boat Festival

Join the Friends of High Point State Park on the beach at 
Lake Marcia as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. 

Lake Marcia
Saturday, September 6, 2014
1 pm to 6:30 pm

*Donation of $5 or more per boater or family appreciated

(Rain Date Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1 pm - 6:30 pm)

Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

This special event is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Participants may borrow one of the Friends’ kayaks or canoes for a short paddle or bring their own non-motorized boat and spend the day exploring. 

Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Afternoon activities include boat races, fishing contest, nature paddle, and crafts. An early evening campfire on the beach with s’mores will conclude the festivities. 

*****     Little Lulu's Concession Stand will be OPEN    *****

Schedule of Events
1 pm Boating, Fishing Contest, Crafts start
2 pm Boat Race
3 pm Interpretive Paddle with Park Naturalist
4 pm Boat Race
4 pm Crafts end
4:30 pm Fishing Contest ends
5 pm Boating ends
5 pm to 6:30 pm Campfire with s'mores

Fishing Contest, Bait & Boat Festival , 2013.

Crafts, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Playing with boat craft, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Playing with boat craft, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Nature Paddle with Park Naturalist, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

S'more family fun at the Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

All persons fishing, age sixteen or older, must have and display a valid NJ State fishing license. Please bring your own fishing equipment. All boaters must wear a PFD while on the lake. Participants who plan to bring their own non-motorized boat, remember your PFDs, and stop by the beach for instructions before putting your boat in the water.

Ready to go boating at the Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

All boats must be rinsed off before going in the lake
 to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Little Lulu's Concessions Stand will be OPEN!

Pack a picnic, or let Little Lulu's Concession Stand do the cooking, and bring the whole family for a day of adventure at High Point State Park. The event is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Rain date is Sunday, September 7, 2014.

See you on the lake! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 Summer Concert Series

The Friends of High Point State Park proudly announce their 
2014 Summer Concert Series!

2014 Summer Concert Series

June 28 Culver's Gap – Bluegrass
July 19 Ray Sikora - Beach Music
August 16 Emish - Celtic Rock

The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them this summer for three magical evenings of music in the park. Bring your family and friends up the mountain for a day of fun, then stay for a fabulous concert on the beach. Spread a blanket out on the grass and enjoy a picnic supper. Dance barefooted in the sand. Summer nights were made for music under the setting sun! 

Ray Sikora

How much is admission?
Admission to the summer concert series at High Point State Park is FREE, but donations of $5 or more per adult are appreciated. Children are admitted free. 
Please stop by the Friends of HPSP table to make your donation and purchase souvenirs.

Park entrance fees apply before 4 pm and will be charged at the gate. 

Where is the concert?
All concerts will take place on the beach at Lake Marcia
Lawn and beach seating. 
Please bring your own blankets and chairs. Umbrellas are permitted. Restrooms nearby. Handicapped accessible via paved sidewalk from beach parking lot.
Picnicking is encouraged. 
Alcohol is strictly forbidden.
Concessions may be available.
Emish, HPSP Interpretive Center, 2013.
What if it rains?
In the event of rain, concerts will take place in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. 
Please bring your own chairs.
Restrooms on site. Building is handicapped accessible. 
There are no concessions available in the Interpretive Center, please bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and picnic snacks.

Bring the whole family!
All concerts are family friendly events. Dogs on leashes are permitted in the park. Please do not leave your pets unattended in your car at any time. 

Where can I buy souvenirs?
High Point State Park merchandise such as 
t-shirts, sweatshirts, bandanas, magnets, postcards and the Friends of HPSP Music on the Mountain:Performers at High Point State Park CD are available for purchase at all of our concerts and events. Please stop by the Friends of HPSP table to make your purchase. Cash and checks accepted, sorry no credit cards.

You may also stop by the the High Point State Park Office and purchase merchandise if you can't wait to show off your High Point Pride!

See you on the mountain!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mountain Top Dance

The Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring a 
Mountain Top Square and Line Dance!

Saturday, June 7, 2014
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center

Come kick up your heels and swing your partner! Adults and teens are cordially invited to High Point State Park for an early evening of square and line dancing. 

Professional square dance caller and dance instructor Howard Richman will be sure to keep you entertained and on the dance floor all evening. 

Refreshments will be available. Alcohol is prohibited. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone that stays on the premises.

Admission to the Mountain Top Dance is FREE, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per dancer is appreciated. 

To learn more about Howard Richman, please visit

The Friends of High Point State Park are excited to announce their 2014 Summer Concert Series Line-Up!

2014 Summer Concert Series

June 28 Culver's Gap - Bluegrass

July19 Ray Sikora - Beach Music

August 16 Emish - Celtic Rock

Check out our Summer Concert Series page for more information.

See you on the mountain!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Help Keep High Point Beautiful!

The Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring a Lake Clean Up at High Point State Park!

Lake Clean Up
Saturday, May 3, 2014
(Rain date is Sunday, May 4, 2014)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

Help keep High Point State Park beautiful. Join the Friends of High Point State Park as they clean up trash along the shores and in the shallow waters of Lake Marcia, and Steenykill and Sawmill Lakes

Participants should bring their own waterproof footwear, hip-waiters, and work gloves if they have them. Participants may get wet and dirty, wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No swimming permitted. Individuals, families, and groups are welcome to participate.

Email or call the Park Office 973-875-4800 for more information and to register. Rain date is Sunday, May 4, 2014. 

Sign in at Park Office between 1 pm - 1:30 pm to receive lake assignment and trash bags. 

See you on the mountain!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Join us for a Bear-y Fun Teddy Bear Picnic

The Friends of High Point State Park are 
sponsoring a Teddy Bear Picnic!

Teddy Bear Picnic
Saturday, April 26, 2014
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
FREE, $5 donation per family appreciated

Families with children ages 2 through 10, and their favorite teddy bears or plush animal friends, are cordially invited to come out of hibernation for a bear-y fun afternoon! 

Join the Friends of High Point State Park as we celebrate spring and explore the natural history of the North American Black Bear. Activities will include a bear discovery station, crafts, story corner, picnic snack and more. 

Bring your camera! High Point State Park’s resident big teddy bear will be sitting for portraits!

The event is FREE, but donations of $5 or more per family are appreciated. No family will be turned away if they are unable or do not want to make the suggested donation. All proceeds support the Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.

Registration is required for this program!

If your family is interested in attending the Friends of High Point State Park Teddy Bear Picnic, please contact us today. Seating is limited. 
All registrations must be received by Tuesday, April 22, 2014, so that we may plan accordingly. 

To register your family, we need to know how many children will be attending, their ages, and the number of adults who will be accompanying them to the picnic.

For more information and to register, please contact Michelle at or (201) 650-8475.

See you on the mountain RAIN OR SHINE!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Earth Hour 2014

On the evening of March 29, the Friends of High Point State Park are once again participating in Earth Hour. The lights on the monument will be turned off for the ENTIRE NIGHT in honor of Earth Hour. 

Learn more about Earth Hour and how you can make a difference! 

Earth Hour started in 2007 in SydneyAustralia, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour. The grassroots movement to raise awareness for the Earth has been growing ever since. On March 27, 2010, Earth Hour set a record when 4,500 cities in 128 countries joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from all over the world such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and Buckingham Palace switched off. People from all walks of life across the world turned off their lights and came together in celebration of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. In 2013, participation in Earth Hour grew to include more than 7,001 cities and towns in 154 countries and territories across all seven continents.

Spider-Man is the first Superhero Ambassador for Earth Hour.
Discover how you can use your power for change! 

Earth Hour 2014 will take place on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm (local time). Please join us in heart and mind by turning off the lights in your home or place of business in honor of Earth Hour. We challenge you to go beyond the hour and consider what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up. Please visit to learn about Earth Hour 2014 and your power as a participant in this global movement for change.

Earth Hour
Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:30 – 9:30 pm at your home or place of business

See you when the sun comes up on the mountain!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Wonderful!

Snow much fun was had at the Friends of High Point State Park 2014 Winter Festival! 

Thank you to everyone who braved the falling snow and joined us on the mountain on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Photos of the day are available for viewing from our photos page.

A special thank you to Dr. Randy Fitzgerald, Dr. William Thomas, and Tom Card with the New Jersey School of Conservation/Montclair State University, for their loan of snowshoes used at our Winter Festival. Your generous donation of equipment and time was much appreciated by our participants.

Lastly, thank you to all our volunteers who gave their time and talents to make the 2014 Winter Festival possible. 

We are always looking for more friendly faces to add to our corps of volunteers. Join us at our spring meeting on March 1, 2014 to learn more about the Friends of High Point State Park and volunteer opportunities.

Remember, the High Point Cross Country Ski Center is open for the 2014 season. Come explore High Point State Park this winter – it is a magical wonderland of snow and ice!

See you on the mountain in 2014!