See stunning views of N.J.’s biggest lakes

See stunning views of N.J.'s biggest lakes

10 Nisan 2018 - 02:00

It's still cold, and the threat of snow has continued to loom well into April. It's pretty clear most of us are sick of the winter weather. So, if Mother Nature can't bring us the beauty of spring, maybe these views of some of our state's most scenic lakes will do the trick.

New Jersey's 15 largest lakes range from more than 500 acres to almost 2,500 acres, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. They span most of the state, from Passaic County to Cumberland County. Some are natural, while others are man-made. All of them offer beautiful views, and many opportunities to hike, fish, boat and swim. 

From the smallest to the largest, here's a look at the 15 biggest lakes in the state.

Splitrock Reservoir

Acres: 562

Where it isRockaway Township (Morris County)

Features: A 13.8-mile loop trail offers hiking, fishing access and possible views of animals including bobcats, timber rattlesnakes, red-shouldered hawks, black bears and wild turkeys. Waterfowl and neotropical birds often appear during the spring and fall migrations. The state in 2015 purchased from Jersey City 1,500 acres of watershed buffer land surrounding the reservoir.

(Source: State Department of Environmental Protection)

Culver Lake

Acres: 562

Where it is: Frankford Township (Sussex County)

Features: Culver Lake is located 830 feet above sea level and has a depth of 50 feet at its deepest point. It is near the Culver Gap in the Kittatinny Mountain and the Appalachian Trail's intersection with U.S. Route 206. Culver Lake is named for Rev. Jabez Collver, who in the 18th century led the Congregational Church in nearby Wantage and bought about 163 acres of land near the lake. 

(Sources: Normanoch Association; "A History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey" by James P. Snell)

Swimming River Reservoir

Acres: 609

Where it is: Lincroft and Colts Neck (Monmouth County)

Features: Swimming River Reservoir provides drinking water to county residents. Animals that can be found there include herons, vultures, swans, white perch, yellow perch and smelts. The Swimming River and other small tributaries flow into the reservoir. Brookdale Community College sits on its northern bank.

(Source: "Groundwater Recharge and Wells: A Guide to Aquifer Storage Recovery" by R. David G. Pyne)


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