Lakes Carasaljo and Shenandoah

Lakewood, New Jersey

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Look for waterfowl, wading birds, and freshwater marshes at these two lakes. It was a pleasure to find two nice lakes to paddle in a densely populated town that includes many industrial parks. Both lakes are fed by the South Branch Metedeconk River. Long and narrow, Lake Carasaljo is located within the 176-acre municipal park of the same name. Carasaljo derives from the names Caroline, Sara, and Josephine, daughters of businessman Joseph W. Brick, who lived here in the late 1800s. Manetta was Brick’s wife, and the smaller “lake” attached to Lake Carasaljo is named after her. Lake Manetta is not actually a lake, but an arm of Lake Carasljo that cannot be launched into. However, you can paddle there.
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)

Look for waterfowl, wading birds, and freshwater marshes at these two lakes. It was a pleasure to find two nice lakes to paddle in a densely populated town that includes many industrial parks. Both lakes are fed by the South Branch Metedeconk River. Long and narrow, Lake Carasaljo is located within the 176-acre municipal park of the same name. Carasaljo derives from the names Caroline, Sara, and Josephine, daughters of businessman Joseph W. Brick, who lived here in the late 1800s. Manetta was Brick’s wife, and the smaller “lake” attached to Lake Carasaljo is named after her. Lake Manetta is not actually a lake, but an arm of Lake Carasljo that cannot be launched into. However, you can paddle there.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Lakewood
Duration: 1.5–2.0 hours for each lake
Local Maps: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 50; USGS Lakewood
Driving Directions: Directions to Lakes Carasaljo and Shenandoah

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