With an entire ocean on our doorstep and 120 miles of Atlantic coastline, most of the water sports focus is “on the coast”.
New Jersey is also home to many lakes and ponds that provide plenty of activities and enjoyment for hundreds of thousands of people in the Garden State. There are about 1700 lakes in our country.
This seems like a large number, but most of them are man-made.
In general, lakes in the northern part of the state are larger and deeper than those in the southern end. This is mainly due to topography.
The northern end of the state is more mountainous, and South Jersey is mostly flat.
In the north, when some waterways were dammed to create reservoirs and lakes, the geography of hills and mountains naturally made for deeper lakes.
Mine Medford and Medford Lakes are generally man-made areas where the average depth under normal conditions is no more than 4 to 10 feet.
The deepest lake in the southern tip of New Jersey is Lake Union, which is 27 feet at its deepest point.
The winner of the deepest lake in the state goes to Merrill Creek Reservoir in Harmony Township, Warren County.
It is not the largest, but the deepest at 225 feet and was created in 1998 by water from a tunnel that connected to the Delaware River.
New Jersey’s largest is Lake Hopatcong, which has a maximum depth of about 58 feet but covers about 2,400 acres and four square miles in Morris and Sussex counties.
Rounding out the five largest lakes in the state are Round Valley Reservoir, Wanaque Reservoir, Greenwood Lake and Spruce Run Reservoir. All this offers excellent water sports and excellent fishing for natural species.
We take for granted how lucky we are to have an ocean in our backyard, as well as some beautiful lakes and ponds.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be all about the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s great exercise.
If you are descending and encounter an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the hiker room. A pedestrian going uphill has the right of way unless he stops to catch his breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side roads, if they are not marked as an official trail, stay away from them. By going off-road, you can harm the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just stay away from the wildlife and keep on walking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers also have to yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on the roads in New Jersey.
If you plan to take your dog on a walk, be sure to leash them and clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is very muddy, it is better to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions for the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
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