10 Beautiful Lakes In New Jersey

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10 Beautiful Lakes In New Jersey

As the weather gets warmer, we know how much families love to go to the beach or go hiking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. This includes beautiful lakes! New Jersey offers a variety of options for your family whether you’re hoping to swim, fish, paddleboard, or kayak. Therefore, we have created this list of the most beautiful lakes in New Jersey.

There are a ton of other fun activities you can do with the little ones near Jersey City like strawberry pickinggoing to a parkhiking and heading out to a petting zoo.

Lake Hopatcong

260 Lakeside Blvd., Landing, NJ 07850

Lakes In New Jersey

Lake Hopatcong is New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake offering residents and visitors outstanding boating, sailing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, water sports, and more year-round. Swimming is permitted during the summer months while lifeguards are on duty. Located just 30 miles from the Delaware Water Gap and 40 miles from New York City via I-80, Lake Hopatcong’s 45 miles of shoreline is home to restaurants, marinas, and public beaches making it a great escape for a day, the weekend, or an entire season.

Wawayanda Lake

885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421

Wawayanda State Park - Lakes In New Jersey

The quiet charm is what appeals to hikers, campers, swimmers, and boaters. Forested hills surround Lake Wawayanda creating a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters, and fisherman, while steep mountains challenge casual as well as serious hikers. A nineteen-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. It is open for swimming in the summer but can get quite crowded so keep that in mind. Visitors can also rent a variety of boats, including canoes, rowboats, and paddleboats.

Swartswood Lake

1091 E Shore Rd Swartswood, NJ 07877

Swartswood Lake - Lakes In New Jersey

Swartswood Lake is a freshwater lake located in Stillwater and Hampton townships in Sussex County. The lake is a 520-acre glacial lake that is the third-largest freshwater lake in New Jersey. It is definitely one to check out. Changing areas, restrooms, showers, first aid, and concessions are available. Trails, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing are available, as well as a bird observation facility.

Lake Atsion

715 Rt. 206, Shamong, NJ 08088

Atsion- Lakes In New Jersey

Atsion Lake is a man-made lake in Wharton State Forest in the Pine Barrens, in the community of Atsion, Burlington County, New Jersey. The lake is part of the Mullica River. The lake offers boating, hiking, fishing, swimming and camping facilities, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Swimming at Atsion Lake is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 6 pm. Throughout the forest are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails (including a major section of the Batona Trail), miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking, horseback riding plus numerous lakes, ponds, and fields ideal for wildlife observation.

Round Valley Reservoir

1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833-3115

Round Valley Reservoir - Wikipedia

The brisk blue waters of Round Valley Reservoir attract swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore.  The reservoir covers about 2,350 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the second deepest lake in New Jersey. It has a water capacity of 55 billion gallons. The reservoir is stocked with lake trout.

Round Valley is the only state park that offers wilderness camping. The campsites on the eastern side of the reservoir are accessible only by hiking or boating. The campers’ parking lot is three miles away from the nearest site, reachable by a steep and rugged trail.

Lake Carnegie

Princeton, New Jersey

Lake Carnegie (New Jersey) - Wikipedia

Lake Carnegie is located on the far northeastern corner of Princeton. It was exclusively for the Princeton University rowing team. The lake is privately owned, however, fishing is encouraged as well as picnicking along the shores.

Hooks Creek Lake in Cheesequake State Park

300 Gordon Road, Matawan, NJ 07747

Cheesequake State Park might be a small area, but it offers a large variety of amazing recreational activities from camping, swimming, and picnicking to kayak tours, hunting, and mountain biking.The six-acre Hooks Creek Lake is perfect to go with the whole family! Cheesequake is the only park where the northern hardwood forest meets a southern pine barrens ecosystem at sea level offering birders and hikers a remarkable diversity of native flora and fauna in a healthy, natural environment. Playgrounds, concession stands, restrooms, and changing areas are available lakeside.

Shepherd Lake in Ringwood State Park

1304 Sloatsburg Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Lakes In New Jersey: Ringwood State Park offers visitors a myriad of recreational activities throughout the year. The park is also home to a number of beautiful country manors and botanical gardens that are open to the public year-round. The recreation area features picnic tables, bathhouses, and a food concession. Boat rentals are available for fishing and canoeing, and the surrounding park features botanical gardens, historic manors, and more than a dozen trails.

Tomahawk Lake

155 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta Township, NJ 07871

Tomahawk Lake Water Park Gallery NJ

Tomahawk Lake Waterpark is conveniently located just one hour from the George Washington Bridge in Sparta, New Jersey. The park grounds are situated on 200 breathtaking acres that come complete with everything a family could ask for including an 18-hole miniature golf course, a rustic outdoor beer garden featuring live music on the weekends, refreshment stands, a souvenir shop, softball field, horseshoe pits and volleyball areas, an old fashioned picnic area with more than 800 tables and New Jersey’s largest white sand beach featuring a crystal clear 20-acre lake for swimming and boating!

Farrington Lake

Milltown New Jersey 

Lakes In New Jersey: Farrington Lake is a scenic freshwater reservoir in Middlesex County, New Jersey near Milltown, New Jersey. Created by a dam on the Lawrence Brook, a tributary of the Raritan River, the lake is in fact a widened section of the Lawrence Brook.  You can go fishing and swim in this lake during the summer months.

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