Wharton State Forest—Harrisville Pond

Harrisville, New Jersey

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Here you will likely see wildfowl, wading birds, wild blueberries, wild cranberries, white cedar bogs, and Pine Barren marshes. Wild blueberry bushes peek out among the cedar and pine dominating the shoreline of Harrisville Pond. The dark blue fruits ripen in July. Mountain and sheep laurel blossoms bring delicate touches of pink and white to the landscape in early summer, along with the white flowers of the lightly scented bog magnolia. I love paddling here in midsummer, when the aroma of sweet pepperbush fills the air with its perfumed scent as cranberries begin to grow on its moist shores. The first large cove on the right (east) as you paddle north becomes carpeted with yellow and white pond lilies in late summer. Sneak into the cove quietly and you might spot a deer near the edge. Deer are all over the place here, and if you know what to look for, you will spot many deer trails along the edge of the lake. Their trails are small, sometimes only a foot wide. If you see a small clearing at water’s edge, look closely to see if it continues into the woods even if small bushes overhang the path. If it does, it’s likely a path to the water that deer, and possibly other land mammals, use. Old cedar stumps in the large cove on the northwest end of the pond are perfect basking spots for painted turtles. Ducks, often comically end-up (tails in the air), frequent this area because of the dense aquatic vegetation.
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 will likely see wildfowl, wading birds, wild blueberries, wild cranberries, white cedar bogs, and Pine Barren marshes. Wild blueberry bushes peek out among the cedar and pine dominating the shoreline of Harrisville Pond. The dark blue fruits ripen in July. Mountain and sheep laurel blossoms bring delicate touches of pink and white to the landscape in early summer, along with the white flowers of the lightly scented bog magnolia. I love paddling here in midsummer, when the aroma of sweet pepperbush fills the air with its perfumed scent as cranberries begin to grow on its moist shores. The first large cove on the right (east) as you paddle north becomes carpeted with yellow and white pond lilies in late summer. Sneak into the cove quietly and you might spot a deer near the edge. Deer are all over the place here, and if you know what to look for, you will spot many deer trails along the edge of the lake. Their trails are small, sometimes only a foot wide. If you see a small clearing at water’s edge, look closely to see if it continues into the woods even if small bushes overhang the path. If it does, it’s likely a path to the water that deer, and possibly other land mammals, use. Old cedar stumps in the large cove on the northwest end of the pond are perfect basking spots for painted turtles. Ducks, often comically end-up (tails in the air), frequent this area because of the dense aquatic vegetation.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Harrisville
Duration: 1.0 hour
Local Contacts: Bass River
Local Maps: New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 65; USGS Jenkins
Driving Directions: Directions to Wharton State Forest—Harrisville Pond

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