LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ – The New Jersey State Park Service will be refilling Lake Hopatcong beginning on Saturday, Dec. 15. Residents will notice some changes with outflow as a result of the refill.
The refill follows the 60-inch drawdown, done every five years, that had lowered lake levels starting in September to allow for lake cleanups and dock, seawall and other repairs and maintenance.
This year, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation partnered with the Lake Hopatcong Commission to organize a second lake-wide cleanup in conjunction with the 60-inch drawdown. The haul was lighter this year, but no less noteworthy. More than 400 volunteers logged an excess of 1200 hours collecting debris from 50+ access points around the lake’s nearly 50 miles of shoreline. A dizzying amount of debris was collected, including 4,000 drink containers, 300 plastic bags, 175 toys, 150 articles of clothing and more than 800 tires.
The unseemly assortment of items also featured patio furniture, bowling balls, vacuum cleaners, a canoe and a television.
The foundation also urges lakefront owners to install new or replace wornB-Safe dock address numbers. The B-SAFE Dock Numbering Program was developed with the aim of improving emergency response times and safety on Lake Hopatcong.