Thursday, August 16, 2007
Nine miles in length and covered by 2,500 acres of freshwater, Lake Hopatcong is the focal point of the park. Hopatcong State Park is at the southwest end of the lake and is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming. It's just north of I-80, off exit 43, about 33 miles from Bloomfield. There's a Bloomfield connection, since The Lake was originally created as part of the Morris Canal, the 90-mile waterway that ran from Newark to Phillipsburg. As with many popular state parks, it can fill up early on weekends, so call ahead.
The water temps are comfortable in August, but if the air seems a bit too cool this Saturday, you can drive a few miles due south to the annual Chester Black River Music & Arts fest. It's free!