Nine miles in length and covered by 2,500 acres of freshwater, Lake Hopatcong is the focal point of the park. Hopatcong State Park is at the southwest end of the lake and is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming.

Lake Hopatcong was originally created as part of the Morris Canal, a 90-mile waterway that ran from Newark to Phillipsburg and was the chief means of transporting coal, iron and zinc across New Jersey in the 1860s. The lake was the canal’s major source of water. In 1866, over 880,000 tons of freight was transported on the canal.

However, as the more efficient Morris and Essex Railroad was established, the canal was abandoned. The historical museum is located in the old Morris Canal locktender’s house and offers exhibits on local American Indian history, the Morris Canal and the history of the lake.

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Address

Address:

6 Lakeside Blvd, Landing, NJ 07850

GPS:

40.915815143008565, -74.66464765369886

Telephone:
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Opening Hours

Monday

Park: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park Office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Park: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park Office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday

Park: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park Office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday

Park: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park Office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday

Park: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park Office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday

Park: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park Office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday

Park: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Park Office: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Features

The Morris Canal

Bergen, Essex, Morris, Sussex, Warren Counties Completed in 1837, the Morris Canal was an engineering landmark that relied on canals, locks and inclined planes to lift and carry canal boats from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River to Jersey City, the Hudson River and New York Harbor. The boats transported coal, iron ore, manufactured goods and agricultural produce. Sections of the canal are administered by Hopatcong State Park.

Lake Musconetcong

During the mid-1800s, the Morris Canal and Banking Company created Lake Musconetcong as an additional water source for the Morris Canal. This lake, which is located four miles west of Lake Hopatcong, was deeded over to the State of New Jersey with the other parts of the Morris Canal System in 1924. Today boating, fishing and ice fishing are popular recreational activities on this lake.

Fishing

Both Lake Hopatcong and Lake Musconetcong offer excellent year-round fishing. During the spring the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks both lakes with brown, rainbow and brook trout. Warm water species commonly caught are large mouth bass, sunfish, catfish, perch and pickerel. During the winter months, both lakes provide excellent ice fishing for perch and pickerel. Fishing is subject to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Picnicking

The park has several picnic areas along the hill overlooking the parking lot. At each picnic area, visitors will find grills and tables. There is a small picnic shelter and playground located on the hill. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Basketball, Playgrounds and Play Field

The park has two playgrounds for children along with six half-basketball courts and sand volleyball. In addition, there is a large playing field ideal for soccer, frisbee or just about any field activity.

Boating/Canoeing

Lake Hopatcong provides an excellent opportunity for any type of boating, ranging from canoes to large motor boats, sailboats, sailboards and jet skis. Boats are available for rent at many private marinas around the lake. Boating is subject to New Jersey Boating Regulations and Marine Law. There is a boat ramp available at Hopatcong State Park. Boating is open seven days a week depending on parking availability. There is a boat ramp with parking available at Lake Musconetcong. This site is open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week.

Swimming

Swimming is permitted at Hopatcong State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. There is a bathhouse complex containing restrooms, showers, changing areas, a first aid room and concession where food and beach supplies are available for purchase. Grilling is limited to the picnic areas only. Grills are not permitted on the lawn areas. There are two sand volleyball courts and a playground near the beachfront. For safety reasons, inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the bathing area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.