Collier’s Mill Wildlife Management Area—Turn Mill Lake and Lake Success

Jackson, New Jersey

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Here you’ll find waterfowl, song birds, pheasants, quails, hawks, and red foxes. Remote and quiet, three lakes nestle into the landscape within the 12,000-acre Colliers Mill Wildlife Management Area. Colliers Mill was once filled with sawmills and smelters’ furnaces. The name came from the prosperous charcoal burners, known as colliers. The surroundings are typical of the Pine Barrens: pine and mixed-oak hardwood forests, with cedar, sweet gum, and red maple edging the waters. Mountain laurel, sheep laurel, and fragrant sweet pepperbush comprise most of the understory shrubs. The northern pine snake, whose range is primarily in and around South Carolina and Georgia, has small, disjointed colonies within the pinelands of New Jersey. Inhabiting only flat, sandy pine barrens, their secretive burrowing behavior eludes even the most experienced snake hunter. Pickerel, smallmouth bass, and sunfish live in the tea colored waters typical of the Pine Barrens. Goldenrod flowers splash the landscape with yellow from late summer through fall, when they are joined by bouquets of wild blue asters. The wildlife management area itself is surrounded by woods and large farms—a very remote 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)

Here you’ll find waterfowl, song birds, pheasants, quails, hawks, and red foxes. Remote and quiet, three lakes nestle into the landscape within the 12,000-acre Colliers Mill Wildlife Management Area. Colliers Mill was once filled with sawmills and smelters’ furnaces. The name came from the prosperous charcoal burners, known as colliers. The surroundings are typical of the Pine Barrens: pine and mixed-oak hardwood forests, with cedar, sweet gum, and red maple edging the waters. Mountain laurel, sheep laurel, and fragrant sweet pepperbush comprise most of the understory shrubs. The northern pine snake, whose range is primarily in and around South Carolina and Georgia, has small, disjointed colonies within the pinelands of New Jersey. Inhabiting only flat, sandy pine barrens, their secretive burrowing behavior eludes even the most experienced snake hunter. Pickerel, smallmouth bass, and sunfish live in the tea colored waters typical of the Pine Barrens. Goldenrod flowers splash the landscape with yellow from late summer through fall, when they are joined by bouquets of wild blue asters. The wildlife management area itself is surrounded by woods and large farms—a very remote setting.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Jackson
Duration: Turn Mill Lake: 1.5 hours; Lake Success: about 1.0 hour
Additional Use: Birding
Local Maps: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 49; USGS Cassville
Driving Directions: Directions to Collier’s Mill Wildlife Management Area—Turn Mill Lake and Lake Success

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