Cooper River Park Lake and Newton Lake

Collingswood, New Jersey

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You’ll find waterfowl, turtles, and abundant birdlife at these two lakes. Cooper River Lake Park has come alive over the years. The city has cleaned up its waters and created a lovely park along a 2.5-mile stretch of the Cooper River where it widens to a few hundred yards—enough to call it a lake, at least by the standards of south Jersey, which is not known for having extremely large bodies of water. For those who live in the densely populated Camden area and need a place close to home, this section of the river landscaped with trees, shrubs, small garden areas, sculpture gardens, a multiuse trail, and a playground provides the perfect refuge. The best paddling is on the eastern end, where the shores become more wooded and you’re farther from bustling traffic. Carp, bass, sunnies, and catfish inhabit the lake, as does a large population of turtles and frogs. Herons, egrets, ducks, and geese make their home here. Many paddlers who live in the densely populated area along the Delaware River from Gloucester City to Riverside come here after work or on weekends for a workout. It’s close, convenient, and the restrooms at the boathouse are sparkling clean. The boathouse is primarily used by rowing teams and may become crowded at times, but both the restrooms and launch facilities are open to the public. The large public floating dock launches usually have a number of portable toilets on-site.
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Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania

by Kathy Kenley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

You’ll find waterfowl, turtles, and abundant birdlife at these two lakes. Cooper River Lake Park has come alive over the years. The city has cleaned up its waters and created a lovely park along a 2.5-mile stretch of the Cooper River where it widens to a few hundred yards—enough to call it a lake, at least by the standards of south Jersey, which is not known for having extremely large bodies of water. For those who live in the densely populated Camden area and need a place close to home, this section of the river landscaped with trees, shrubs, small garden areas, sculpture gardens, a multiuse trail, and a playground provides the perfect refuge. The best paddling is on the eastern end, where the shores become more wooded and you’re farther from bustling traffic. Carp, bass, sunnies, and catfish inhabit the lake, as does a large population of turtles and frogs. Herons, egrets, ducks, and geese make their home here. Many paddlers who live in the densely populated area along the Delaware River from Gloucester City to Riverside come here after work or on weekends for a workout. It’s close, convenient, and the restrooms at the boathouse are sparkling clean. The boathouse is primarily used by rowing teams and may become crowded at times, but both the restrooms and launch facilities are open to the public. The large public floating dock launches usually have a number of portable toilets on-site.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Collingswood
Duration: Cooper River Park Lake: 2.0–2.5 hours; Newton Lake: 1.5–2.0 hours
Local Contacts: Cooper River Park
Local Maps: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 54; USGS Camden
Driving Directions: Directions to Cooper River Park Lake and Newton Lake

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