Lake Hopatcong and Lake Musconetcong

Landing, New Jersey

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At Lake Hopatcong, enjoy paddling the largest lake in the state. Lake Musconetcong offers quiet scenery, swans, and waterfowl. Lake Hopatcong is the largest natural lake in the state, covering 2,685 acres and more than 40 miles of shoreline. Summer weekends can be a veritable zoo, with fishing tournaments, sailing regattas, and other boaters zipping around the water. Why, then, is it included in a book about quiet waters? Because I feel at some point you should paddle it simply to feel and absorb its expansiveness. Also, I understand from local paddlers that during the week, even in August, its pretty quiet, so try to visit during the week, and preferably in September or October after tourist season.
Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania

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Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania

by Kathy Kenley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

At Lake Hopatcong, enjoy paddling the largest lake in the state. Lake Musconetcong offers quiet scenery, swans, and waterfowl. Lake Hopatcong is the largest natural lake in the state, covering 2,685 acres and more than 40 miles of shoreline. Summer weekends can be a veritable zoo, with fishing tournaments, sailing regattas, and other boaters zipping around the water. Why, then, is it included in a book about quiet waters? Because I feel at some point you should paddle it simply to feel and absorb its expansiveness. Also, I understand from local paddlers that during the week, even in August, its pretty quiet, so try to visit during the week, and preferably in September or October after tourist season.

©  Kathy Kenley/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Landing
Duration: Lake Hopatcong: variable up to 15 hours; Lake Musconetcong: 2.0–2.5
Local Contacts: Hopatcong State Park
Local Maps: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 24; USGS Stanhope and Dover
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Hopatcong and Lake Musconetcong

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Apr 2018