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Hopatcong
State Park

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8519,
Landing, NJ
07850-8519
(973) 398-7010

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40° 54’ 57.32” N 74° 39' 56.71" W

Size: 163 acres

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
NJ Resident
Non-Resident
 
$6.00
$10.00
weekdays
$10.00
$20.00
weekends/holidays
$ 3.00
$ 3.00
walk-in/bicycle
$ 5.00
$ 7.00
motorcycle
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
Take exit 28 from Route 80 or follow Route 183 in Netcong.

Facilities & Activities:
 

 

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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Swimming Picnicking Fishing Boating Playgrounds  
Keep Your Park Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

The facilities at Hopatcong State Park are partially accessible for persons with disabilities. Please contact the park office for further information regarding specific disability access needs. Text telephone (TT) users, call the New Jersey Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.

Park Hours

Park is open Sunday-Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Office Hours: Sunday-Saturday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Park Advisory

LAKE HOPATCONG WEED HARVESTING PROGRAM: The public and all interested parties may contact Daniel Bello of the State Park Service, at 973-398-1555, with questions and concerns regarding the Program. 

LAKE HOPATCONG WEED HARVESTING UPDATE:  As of September 26, 2014, weed harvesting activities ceased for the season. It was a very successful season, with approximately 2,650 cubic yards harvested, about 350 cubic yards more than 2013.  The harvesters were on the lake approximately 2 weeks longer in 2014, than 2013.  All harvesting equipment is now being inspected for repair and maintenance items, so that it is ready for the 2015 harvesting season.  The State Park Service appreciates the public’s support of this important program.

It should be noted that there are many factors, often out of State Park Service control, that dictate harvester schedules.  These include, but are not limited to, weather, harvester and dump truck repair and maintenance, staffing levels, and reports of heavy weed growth in certain areas that SPS may respond to.  As such, scheduled harvesting activities can often change due to cited factors.

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.

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Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.

Homeowners Firewood Program

The Homeowners Firewood Program has been expanded to include park areas that sustained tree damage due to Hurricane Sandy. Fallen trees will be marked and made available to individuals as part of this program. Anyone interested in obtaining firewood must complete the below application form and pay the applicable $25 per cord fee.This program will be available until the supply is exhausted. Please contact the park office to reserve a cutting period and for additional information.

Homeowners Firewood Program Application form*

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

Hunting

This park has been designated a NO HUNTING area.

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.

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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.

New Jersey Resident $12 per launch

Non-Resident $20 per launch

Daily

New Jersey Resident $60

Non-Resident $80

Annual

• Fees charged at Hopatcong State Park beginning on April 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend; and beginning the day after Labor Day through October 31.

Launch Ramp Permit Information Sheet

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.

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Related Links

Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum

FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can we bring a bus to Hopatcong State Park on weekends? Buses are permitted on weekdays only (excluding holidays) by written reservation.
Can I walk in when the park is filled to capacity? When the park is full to capacity the park is closed to everyone until a sufficient number of visitors leave for the day.
Can I leave the park and come back when the park is full? If visitors leave the park and come back when the park is full, they will not be able to enter until the park reopens.
Where do I put my trash when I carry it out of the picnic area? The carry-in carry-out program requires a park visitor to take their trash home and dispose of it through their local trash collection service.
Can I get a special permit for alcohol? There are no permits for alcohol in the NJ State Park Service.



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Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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