A complete list of trout-stocked fishing spots in Union County, and throughout New Jersey, is available at nj.gov/dep/fgw/accesscnty.
|New Providence Rd.
|Rt. 22 to New Providence Rd., many pull-offs along road, parking lot available at Seely’s Pond.
|New Providence Rd.
|Rt. 78 E to Berkley Heights exit 41. Make left at intersection. Cross over highway. At light, turn right on Plainfield Ave. At light cross over Valley Rd. onto Bonnie Burn Rd. At light, make left on New Providence Rd. Pass quarry – 2 pull off areas.
|Lower Echo Park Pond
|Echo Lake Park – Lower
|Rt. 22 (Springfield Ave) in Mountainside. Park entrance on right.
|Rt. 275 for approx. 1 mile, turn right on Maple Ave. Cross Madison onto Midwood Drive.
|Nomahegan Park Pond
|From Route 22 take S. Springfield Ave./CR-577. Keep straight onto Springfield Ave./CR-509. Keep right to stay on Springfield Ave./CR-615. Arrive at Union County’s Nomahegan Park on left.
|Rt. 78 W to exit 49A (Springfield Ave), make a left at light onto Morris Ave. Turn left into Springfield Park. – parking lot.
|Rt. 22 to Springfield Ave.(S) [CR. 509 spur], bear right at intersection to stay on Springfield Ave. Make left on Park Dr., just past park entrance, parking on Park Dr.
|Rt. 22 to Springfield Ave.(S) [CR. 509 spur]. bear right at intersection to stay on Springfield Ave., turn left on Normandie PL., then left on Riverside Dr. – street parking.
|Rt. 28 to Centennial Ave., quick right on Lincoln Park East. Access behind mill at end of Lincoln Park East. – street parking.
|Crane Parkway footbridge
|Rt. 28 to Centennial Ave., cross R.R. tracks, make right on Hillside Ave., to Crane Pkwy. – street parking.
|Rahway River Park
|Garden State Parkway exit 136, go south on Stiles St., make right onto Valley Rd., Park entrance approx. 1/4 mile on right & left. Union Co. Pkwy / Parkway Dr. parallels river. – parking lots & street parking.
|Rahway River – West Branch
|Below Campbell’s Pond to the Glen Avenue bridge
|From Interstate 78E, merge onto Route 124/Springfield Avenue via the Route 82/Route 124W exit 49A to Springfield/Union. Turn right at Main Street. Turn right on Brookside Drive/Paper Mill Way. The West Branch of the Rahway River will be on your left as you drive north on Brookside Drive.
|Rahway River Park
|River Road: street parking from St. Georges Ave. downstream to Whittier Street
|Rahway River Park-Wheatena Park
|Street parking near the intersection of Linden Ave., Price St., and Elizabeth Ave.
|Rt. 78 exit 41. Make left at intersection, cross over highway. At light turn right on Plainfield Ave. At light cross over Valley Rd. onto Bonnie Burn. At light make left on New Providence Rd. Pond located approx. 3/4 mile on right. Dirt pull off at dam.
|Warinanco Park Pond
|Rt. 27 (St. Georges Ave.) – park entrance on left between Thompton Ave., and Watson Ave.
Fishing in Union County is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. To fish for trout, a fishing license and trout stamp are required for New Jersey residents age 16 through 69. A license and stamp are required for out-of-state visitors age 16 and older.
Licenses and stamps can be ordered and printed online or obtained through a local sporting goods store or other licensed agent. To find agents in and near Union County visit nj.gov/dep/fgw/agentlst.htm.
All anglers can help conserve and protect native species in Union County parks by observing the following practices:
- Dispose any leftover bait in a trash bin, or take it home for disposal. Live bait should never be set free in Union County parks.
- Remove stranded line from trees and other entanglements. Dispose broken line and other unwanted gear in trash bins, or take home for disposal.
- Avoid bringing plastic bags into Union County parks. They can easily become windblown and create hazards for wildlife in rivers, lakes and the surrounding area.
- Help remove spotted lanternfly egg masses: Look for flat, grayish patches on trees, trash bins, picnic tables, benches, fences and other surfaces in and around fishing spots. The masses should be scraped and crushed to prevent hatching.
To see photo samples of spotted lanternfly egg masses, visit the Union County Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.
For more information about programs and activities in Union County parks, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation.