Carnegie Lake

Princeton, New Jersey

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Enjoy song birds, turtles, waterfowl, and islands at this long and narrow lake. Carnegie Lake was formed by damming the Millstone River to create a lake for the Princeton University rowing team. Funding for the project, completed in 1906, came from a generous donation to the university by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Although the lake is privately owned by Princeton University, it is open to the public for boating, fishing, and picnicking. A regional rowing regatta is held each year around the third weekend in June. With all the visitors and attendees, the lake can get frantic that weekend, although the northern half of the lake is usually not affected. The Delaware and Raritan Canal Greenway, with its beautiful towpaths, edges the eastern side of the lake. See Trip 20 for more information on the history of the canal and its towpath, along with park information.
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 song birds, turtles, waterfowl, and islands at this long and narrow lake. Carnegie Lake was formed by damming the Millstone River to create a lake for the Princeton University rowing team. Funding for the project, completed in 1906, came from a generous donation to the university by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Although the lake is privately owned by Princeton University, it is open to the public for boating, fishing, and picnicking. A regional rowing regatta is held each year around the third weekend in June. With all the visitors and attendees, the lake can get frantic that weekend, although the northern half of the lake is usually not affected. The Delaware and Raritan Canal Greenway, with its beautiful towpaths, edges the eastern side of the lake. See Trip 20 for more information on the history of the canal and its towpath, along with park information.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Princeton
Duration: 3.0–3.5 hours
Local Maps: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 42; USGS Hightstown
Driving Directions: Directions to Carnegie Lake

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