John Mann Park Closure: As of 2/16/2018, John Mann Park community playground located on JB MDL Dix will be closed until furthers notice. Closures are due to the age and deterioration of the playground equipment that will require them to be upgraded or repaired. For those in base housing, there may be playgrounds provided in neighborhoods. There is also a newly renovated playground known as Wacky World, located on JB MDL McGuire behind the Base Theater that is also available to the JB MDL community for use. Updates on the affected playgrounds will be provided as they become available.
FSS Outdoor Recreation JB MDL Dix
Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop
JB MDL Dix
(Located at Doughboy Loop and Newport Street)
Phone: 609.562.6667 / 609.562.4208 Fax: 609.562.1060
Hours of Operation:
Monday – *Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 4pm Holidays: CLOSED
*Extended Friday Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 9am - 7pm
FSS Outdoor Recreation JB MDL Lakehurst
Bldg. 484 Lansdowne Road
JB MDL Lakehurst
(Located inside the 87FSS Flight Deck)
Phone: 732.323.1362 Fax: 732.323.1105
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Weekends and Holidays: Closed
87th Force Support Squadron Mission Statement:
To provide world class customer service and programs to the Joint Base community.
87FSS Outdoor Recreation (ODR)
87FSS Outdoor Recreation (ODR) is open to all our valued customers - Service Members, Retirees, DoD Civilians and their immediate family members. ODR offers outdoor recreation trips, equipment rental, RV Storage Lot, FAMCAMP, Range, Recreational Parks and such.
All of your adventures start here! We offer information and suggestions on the best of New Jersey's recreational hot spots as well as out-of-state adventures for all your outdoors and sporting needs. Join us for fishing, whitewater rafting, surfing, parasailing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, skydiving, backpacking, hot air balloons, outdoor trips and much more!
Come try our 18-hole Disc Golf Course located at Laurel Pond (10th Street and Juliustown Road, JB MDL Dix). Use of course is FREE! Disc Golf kit rentals and scorecards available at ODR. Great way to get some fresh air, spend time on our trails, and challenge yourself and others to a fun game.
Events at Outdoor Recreation (ODR)
Indoor Climbing Nights
Open to all DoD ID holders. Select Thursday evenings January thru April are Military Appreciation Indoor Climbing evenings at Rockville Climbing Center, Hamilton, NJ, from 5 to 9pm! $20 for active duty; $30 for all other DoD ID holders (ID check required). Retirees and veterans with valid ID receive discounted rates. Price includes climbing pass, shoes, harness, and van transportation. Self-belay systems make it easy for solo-climbers to clip in and self-climb. Meet at 87FSS ODR Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop for 5pm, return by 9pm. Seating is limited, 4 person minimum, and pre-registration required:
Thursday, January 17: pre register by January 15.
Thursday, February 21: pre register by February 19.
Thursday, March 21: pre register by March 19.
Thursday, April 25: pre register by April 23.
SOLD OUT - Killington VT Weekend Ski Trip
This trip has sold out. The Hunter Mountain Ski Trip still has few spots available! https://gomdl.com/events/hunter-mountain-ny-ski-trip/
Thursday March 14 thru Sunday March 17. Single room $395, Double room $500, Triple room $675, Quad room $740. Additional person in Quad 4+ person room $150. Open to all DoD ID holders (pricing subject to change). Priority registration for active duty and family members January 2 thru 19; open to all DoD ID holders thereafter. Signup deadline is COB March 4; the pre-trip meeting held Thursday 7 March at Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop at 5:15pm. Attendance is mandatory for all adult guests participating. Three nights/four days in Killington, VT for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and a ridiculous amount of fun! Lodging at the Cascades Lodge adjacent to the mountain. Amenities include fireside lounge and pub, pool table, heated indoor pool and whirlpool. Skiing on Friday and Saturday only - Thursday and Sunday are travel days. Participants can purchase lessons at time of signup for an additional cost (ages 7+). Price includes 3 nights lodging, Friday & Saturday lift ticket, rental equipment (ski/poles or board, boots, and helmet) and roundtrip motor coach transportation. Depart 87FSS ODR at 7am Thursday and returning approximately 5pm Sunday. Hot breakfast is included Friday thru Sunday morning at the Cascades Lodge. All other meals on your own, gratuity for bus driver not included. *If planning on utilizing 87FSS ODR rental equipment, each member must be measured/sized for equipment prior 9 March to guarantee equipment availability* Group lessons available for additional fee and must be added by 9 March. Participant responsible for all other clothing/equipment, food/beverage, and personal purchases.
GUnks Rock Climbing Overnight Trip
Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28.
Active Duty: $185 per person; all other DoD ID holders: $225 per person. Active duty priority registration February 1- 15; open to all other DoD ID holders thereafter. Camping and Rock Climbing trip to the Shawangunks in New York. Group camping on Saturday night and departing Sunday morning to the climbing area. Campground dinner on Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning are included in cost. A full day of climbing Sunday with Alpine Endeavors (AMGA accredited; ratio 4:1). After the climb Sunday we make the drive back. Trip departs FSS ODR 8am Saturday April 27, returning approximately 8pm Sunday April 28. Two pre-requisite evening climbing sessions in an indoor gym offered April 11 & 25 - departs FSS ODR at 5pm, return by 8pm. Attendance at minimum one is mandatory for trip participation. Menu, packing list, experience level, recreation possibilities on Saturday and further details discussed during the pre-trip meeting Tuesday, April 16, 5-6pm. Everyone participating must be in attendance. Trip limited to 12 participants ages 8+. Fee includes van transportation, tent campsite for 1 night, camping equipment, full day climbing experience, 2 group meals and 1-night belay/climbing clinic. Minimum 4, max of 12 accepted. Shared platform tent camping only.
609.562.6667 or 609.562.4208.
Youth Fishing Derby JB MDL Dix
Saturday April 6, 8am to 12pm at Laurel Pond, Juliustown Road and 10th Street, JB MDL Dix.
Free and open to all DoD ID holders age 15 and under (parent must accompany child).
Pre-registration March 1 – April 5. Same day registration available. Prizes for the biggest fish! Derby is rain or shine, actual fishing from 9 to 11am. Experience the thrill of catching your 1st fish or your 100th! Participants must provide their own fishing gear including poles, bait and tackle. Limited tackle and bait will be provided at the event. On-site registration open 8 to 9:45am day of event; all participants must check in day-of to receive a drawing ticket. No prize fish accepted after 11am. Largest fish-by-length awarded in four age categories: 4 and under, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-15 years. Drawing giveaway follows.
Complimentary breakfast, refreshments, and a hot dog BBQ provided. Participants encouraged to get to the pond early due to limited space around the shoreline. Children may fish the rest of the day after the event.
Laurel Pond is open for fishing to children 15 and under. NO ADULTS ALLOWED TO FISH AT ANY TIME IN LAUREL POND.
All participants encouraged to complete a registration form prior to the date of the event, DOWNLOAD HERE or 87FSS ODR, Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop. 609.562.6667 or 609.562.4208.
Youth Fishing Derby JB MDL Lakehurst
Saturday May 18, 8am to 12pm at Bass Lake, JB MDL Lakehurst.
Free and open to all DoD ID holders age 15 and under (parent must accompany child).
Pre-registration March 1 – May 17. Same day registration available. Prizes for the biggest fish! Derby is rain or shine, actual fishing from 9 to 11am. Experience the thrill of catching your 1st fish or your 100th! Participants must provide their own fishing gear including poles, bait and tackle. Limited tackle and bait will be provided at the event. On-site registration open 8 to 9:45am day of event; all participants must check in day-of to receive a drawing ticket. No prize fish accepted after 11am. Largest fish-by-length awarded in four age categories: 4 and under, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-15 years. Drawing giveaway follows.
Complimentary breakfast, refreshments, and a hot dog BBQ provided. Participants encouraged to get to the lake early due to limited space around the shoreline. Children may fish the rest of the day after the event.
All participants encouraged to complete a registration form prior to the date of the event, DOWNLOAD HERE or 87FSS ODR, Bldg. 484 Lansdowne Road, JB MDL Lakehurst 732.323.1362 / Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop, JB MDL Dix 609.562.6667.
Bushkill Falls Day Hike
Sunday, May 5. Registration open April 1 thru April 28. Welcome Spring with the first hike of the year to Bushkill Falls in the Pennsylvania Poconos. This special spot has an established trail system to safely explore many of its eight spectacular waterfalls. Welcome Center is central to restrooms, snack bar, Native American exhibit, and wildlife exhibit and gift shop. Additional activities including mini golf, mining for gem stones and a timed maze for additional fee. Hikers are encouraged to bring water, rain jacket/sweatshirt, and wear comfortable shoes. Departs FSS Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop at 7:30am; return by 7:30pm. Rain or shine. Fee: $22 per person includes admission to Bushkill Falls and van transportation. Participants responsible for all food, beverage and personal purchases. Approximately 2.5 hours’ drive. Max of 14 participants. 609.562.6667 or 609.562.4208.
Free Community Garden Plots open April 1!
Open to all DoD ID holders, April 1 thru November 1. Raised-bed organic and non-organic garden plots available for the JB MDL community at no charge. Locations at JB MDL McGuire by Wacky World Playground; JB MDL Dix off 4th St, Colonial Plaza, and JB MDL Lakehurst adjacent to the FSS Flight Deck. Plots are 4’ x 12’ in size. Participants are responsible for all maintenance and care for plots and will complete a contract upon registration for stated policies.
Register on a first come-first serve basis at the FSS Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop. Max of 2 plots per person. 609.562.6667 or 609.562.4208.
Hunting OI / Safety Briefings at JB MDL
Persons interested in hunting on JB MDL must have a valid NJ state license and attend the corresponding orientation/safety briefing for the section they wish to hunt. 1. Dix Cantonment Archery McGuire (DCAM) 2. Dix Range Area (DRA) 3. Lakehurst (LKE) Once the appropriate briefing is attended, the required JB MDL hunting permit may be purchased. For more information, please call 609.562.6667.
"Dix Cantonment Area McGuire" (DCAM) Hunting OI / Safety Briefings
Recurring Thursdays thru January 2018, 11am - 12pm. Anyone wanting to hunt the on-base DCAM section of JB MDL must attend a briefing to be authorized to purchase a permit. Located at 87FSS Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop, JB MDL Dix. Free and open Active Duty Military and permanent federal employees assigned to JB MDL. Contractors and retired military personnel are not authorized to participate.
JB MDL Dix Range Area (DRA) Hunting OI/Safety Briefing
November 1, 11, 15 & 25 at 6pm. Anyone wanting to hunt the DRA section (JB MDL Dix Training / Range areas) of JB MDL must attend a briefing to be authorized to purchase a permit. Located at 87FSS Rod & Gun Club at Range-14, JB MDL Dix. Free and open to Active Duty Military and general public. Any Active Duty and family members new to JB MDL or returning deployment or TDY that could not attend pre-season briefings may contact 87FSS Rod & Gun Club, 609.562.4676.
JB MDL Lakehurst Hunting OI/Safety Briefing
Active Duty Military may contact Natural Resources office to schedule a briefing. Anyone wanting to hunt the JB MDL Lakehurst section (Training areas) of JB MDL must attend a briefing to be authorized to purchase a permit. Free and open to Active Duty military, Retired Military, and DoD ID Civilians. Any Active Duty and family members new to JB MDL or returning deployment or TDY that could not attend pre-season briefings may contact 87FSS Rod & Gun Club to schedule a briefing. For more information, please call 732.666.2158 or 732.323.2911.
Having a party and need equipment?
ODR rents everything from canopy and camping tents to tables and chairs, inflatable bounce houses and sumo suits, canoes/kayaks, mountain bikes and skis/snowboards, dunk tanks, charcoal or gas grills and the list goes on.
Planning a camping trip or going canoeing?
87FSS ODR JB MDL Lakehurst has canoes, kayaks and jon boats along with camping gear, tents, coolers and more. Wanna play? Tennis rackets, footballs, soccer balls, softball equipment, horseshoe equipment and more are all available for rental.