Swartswood State Park—Swartswood Lake and Little Swartswood Lake

Swartswood, New Jersey

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Enjoy a huge swan population, good bird-watching, and an island to explore on this large lake. The 2,472-acre Swartswood State Park was established as the first state park in 1914, and offers camping, picnicking, playgrounds, and swimming. Boat rentals are available in-season at the park’s recreation center. The park fee applies for entrance to the recreation area only. Neither lake lies completely within the park’s boundaries, so you will find private property with modest homes around part of Little Swartswood Lake and more than half of Swartswood Lake. Many of the houses sit back 50 to 100 feet from the lakeshore with a privacy screen of trees and do not detract from the overall setting.
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)

Enjoy a huge swan population, good bird-watching, and an island to explore on this large lake. The 2,472-acre Swartswood State Park was established as the first state park in 1914, and offers camping, picnicking, playgrounds, and swimming. Boat rentals are available in-season at the park’s recreation center. The park fee applies for entrance to the recreation area only. Neither lake lies completely within the park’s boundaries, so you will find private property with modest homes around part of Little Swartswood Lake and more than half of Swartswood Lake. Many of the houses sit back 50 to 100 feet from the lakeshore with a privacy screen of trees and do not detract from the overall setting.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Swartswood
Duration: Swartswood Lake: 2.5–3.0 hours; Little Swartswood Lake: about 1.0
Local Contacts: Swartswood State Park
Local Maps: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 23; USGS Newton West
Driving Directions: Directions to Swartswood State Park—Swartswood Lake and Little Swartswood Lake

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