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Waterloo Camping Rules

Waterloo Camping Rules & Guidelines

Important camping information, please read thoroughly:

Camping Reservations & Details
We recommend you book your reservation as early as possible to ensure your camping spot.

There are limited campsites available.

Camping at Waterloo is primitive.

There are no showers and there is no electricity hookup in the camping area.

RVs are welcome; hook-ups are not available and generators are prohibited.


Camping Location at Waterloo
Tent campers will be located at Waterloo Concert Field and in designated areas only.

There will be signage indicating the designated campsite area and festival staff checking you in.

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Alcohol – Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Drugs—Illegal drugs are prohibited.

Firearms – A person shall not possess or discharge any firearm, pellet gun, bow and arrow, slingshot or other weapon capable of injuring people or wildlife. Hunters in compliance with Division of Fish and

Wildlife hunting laws are exempted. Target practice is prohibited.

Fires – Fires are permitted only in stoves, fireplaces, fire rings or in approved camp stoves provided by the camper. Fires may be prohibited due to forest fire threat when prevailing conditions warrant this

precaution. Any device that produces a flame is prohibited inside a yurt or tent.


Firewood – Firewood is not provided at campsites but it can be purchased at the Lovelight Community Market.


Minimum Age – A campsite, lean-to, shelter, cabin or yurt must be reserved and occupied by at least one responsible person, 18 years of age of older. A group campsite must be occupied by a

minimum of one adult supervisor, age 18 years of age or older, for every six campers who are under 18 years of age in the group.


Motor Vehicle Speed Limit – Motor vehicles of all types must be properly registered, licensed and insured. Authorized motor vehicles are restricted to established roads and parking areas. Unless otherwise posted, motor vehicle speed limit is 35 miles per hour on improved roads and 15 miles per hour on dirt, grass, gravel, or sand roads.


Pets – Pets are not permitted in camping facilities


Fires – Adult campers are responsible for the supervision and safety of their campfires and any damage/injuries they may cause.


To make your camping experience at state park camping facilities/sites more pleasant, please follow the safety tips:


Never leave a fire, hot ashes or charcoal unattended. Before leaving the fire, douse all embers and sticks with water until they are cool to the touch.


Gas and other fuels for camping stoves and lanterns are highly flammable and should never be used to start a fire.


Children should never be allowed to play around the campfire area or near hot coals. Hot charcoal and fireplace ashes are dangerous and may cause severe burns.


Keep a 10-foot clearance between fire and combustible materials.


Use lantern poles to hang lanterns


Ticks – Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing so that you can more easily see ticks. A hat and long-sleeve shirt will add protection. Stay on the trails and in open areas so you may avoid tick infested areas.


Tuck your pants into your socks or boots and your shirt into your pants. This will lessen the likelihood of ticks crawling into your clothing.


Check yourself often so you can pull ticks off before they attach.


Ticks require many hours to attach. If you do find a tick which is attached, pull it off slowly. Make sure to remove the entire tick.

Consult your physician at your earliest convenience.


Bears, Raccoons, Skunks, Squirrels and Geese – People can influence the behavior of animals. This is especially true at campgrounds where food and camping supplies may attract wildlife. Please follow the rules:


Never feed wild animals. Feeding wildlife does more harm than good, especially when wild animals begin to expect to find food at your campsite and become pests.


Keep your campsite clean. Food, wrappers, and leftovers will attract bears and other wildlife.


Store food and coolers in your car. Do not leave food or coolers out at your campsite or put them in your tent or tent trailer.


Bears and raccoons have become especially adept at opening coolers or just ransacking food storage containers left at the site.


Please all garbage in proper disposal containers.


Never attempt to touch a wild animal. If you observe an animal behaving oddly, it may be sick. Do not approach it; report the animal to a park employee.


Bear Information:


Campsite Restrictions and Enforcement:

Each region of the state has varying degrees of bear incident potential. High bear density areas coupled with high human activity are considered High Bear Incident Potential Areas.

The Northern Region and sections of the Central Region have a higher incident potential than the Shore and Southern Regions. Based upon densities a graduated system of camping restrictions as follows:


High Incident Potential Areas (North of Interstate 78 and West of Interstate 287):

Coolers, food scraps, cosmetics, soap and personal hygiene products must be secured in a vehicle at all times.

Coolers and food may never be stored in a tent.

Cooking and eating in tents is prohibited.

All leftovers, utensils, and trash shall be secured in a vehicle after completion of the meal.

Trash bags shall be removed from campsites immediately after use and stored in a vehicle or placed in a bear-proof dumpster.

Vehicles must be secured when being used for food or trash storage, windows must be closed, etc. Trunks are preferred for storage.

Failure to comply may result in eviction and /or prosecution.


This rain-or-shine event will delight people of all ages and feature a wide range of activities including: performances by musicians with ties to New Jersey and our greater local area, savoring Jersey Fresh foods and festival favorites, relaxing in the beer garden, shopping at craft vendor booths, participating in workshops, taking nature walks, kayaking along the river, exploring the past on historical tours, enjoying the children's corner, watching animal demos, perusing art exhibits, and more!


Zero Waste

Lovelighters strive to reduce the amount of materials going into the waste stream and it is a Lovelight Community goal to co-creating zero festival waste.


At the festival, you will notice “Zero Waste” stations where recyclables and compostables are collected separately from trash. To make sorting easier, vendors will provide food in compostable or recyclable service ware when possible. When visiting our festival, please be sure to look for these stations to handle your waste.