Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Swimmin' Holes for the Dog Days of Summer

When it gets as steamy as it has been, we're forced to deal with our local lack of a swimming outlet here in Bloomfield by searching out the nearest cooling pond. We'll have many to share with you in the coming days. We're not bothering with The Shore since they're well known to most and many of their beaches are subject to closings. Let's start with Ringwood State Park's Shepherd Lake. http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif
The spring-fed waters of the 74-acre lake are brisk and invigorating [although water temps can reach the mid-80s by mid August] and offer swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 10 am to 6 pm. Boating and fishing are permitted with boat rentals available. A network of trails surrounds the lake leading to rocky vistas.
It's an easy drive --about 35 miles from Watchung & Broad. A downside for some: roped off swimming area is barely 4 feet deep and crowded on weekends. Go midweek.

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