The phrase New Jersey beaches likely conjures images of the Shore. But lakes have beaches, too. They provide much of the fun of swimming in the ocean without the pounding waves and salty sea-water. There are great swimming lakes all over New Jersey; we’ve listed four of the best. Swimming is permitted in these lakes from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, while lifeguards are present. Entrance fees are charged per vehicle; prices vary between parks.
So what are you waiting for? Go jump in a lake this summer.
Escape the heat in the cool, spring-fed waters of this 20-acre lake in scenic High Point State Park. Beachside amenities include a concession stand and bathhouse with showers. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, fishing, boating and camping. The park’s main draw, the 220-foot-tall High Point Monument, offers stunning panoramic views from the top. However, the interior of the monument has been closed because it lacks sufficient space for social distancing.
Weekdays: New Jersey residents, $5; non-residents, $10. Weekends and holidays: residents, $10; non-residents, $20. · 1480 Route 23, 973-875-4800
What was once part of the 90-mile Morris Canal is now the largest freshwater lake in the state. A swimming beach lines the lakeshore in Hopatcong State Park. A convenient bathhouse complex features restrooms, showers, changing areas, a first aid station and concession stand. For those who fish, the lake offers an exceptional variety of species. And don’t miss the park’s Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum.
Weekdays: residents, $6; non-residents, $10. Weekends and holidays: residents, $10; non-residents, $20.
Formed in 1960 by the New Jersey Water Authority, this vast body of clear water attracts swimmers and divers alike. Scuba and skin diving are permitted from early April to the end of October. The beach complex at Round Valley Recreation Area is well equipped with restrooms, showers, changing areas, a first aid station and concession stand. The beachfront offers two volleyball nets, as well as two playgrounds for the kids.
Weekdays: residents, $5; non-residents, $10. Weekends: residents, $10; non-residents, $20. · 1220 Stanton Lebanon Road, 908-236-6355
It’s not uncommon for the swimming area at this popular lake in Wharton State Forest to reach capacity in the summer months. Arrive early—or call ahead to check on the crowds. Amenities include showers and restrooms. While there, visit Batsto Village, a preserved bog iron– and glass-making industrial center in use from 1766 to 1867. Additional historic attractions include the Harrisville Village ghost town and Atsion Mansion. The forest also offers opportunities for camping, boating, fishing and hiking.
Weekdays: residents, $5; non-residents, $10. Weekends: residents, $10; non-residents, $20. · Route 206, 609-268-0444Click here to leave a comment