Culver Lake, New Jersey, USA

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Also known as:  Culvers Lake

Culver Lake is an exclusive, privately owned body of water located in Sussex County New Jersey. The immaculate 555-acre lake has an average depth of 50 feet, along with seven soft miles of shoreline. Owned and operated by the Normanoch Association, use of the lake is restricted to members and guests only. This association is responsible for managing water quality, controlling Culver Lake Dam, dealing in government affairs, and maintaining on-site recreational facilities. Due to its exclusivity, the Culver Lake area offers desirable real estate and upscale vacation rentals. Convenient services and facilities include full-time life guards and patrolmen, clubhouse, lunch bar, restaurant, boat ramps and a weekly newspaper.

A multitude of activities are available at Culver Lake, including swimming, wind surfing, water skiing, and fishing. Largemouth bass, stripers, and hybrids are the most commonly stocked species of fish. Boating is also popular, and it is not uncommon to see sailboats, sunfish, catamarans, and sloops breezing along these pristine waters on a clear day (jet skis are not permitted). During the winter, the lake freezes over, and snowmobiling, ice boating and ice skating become the most popular local pastimes. New Jersey, also known as the Garden State, is downright stunning during the autumn months, when leaves change from green to vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow before drifting to the ground; there is no better way to spend a crisp fall afternoon than at a nearby apple picking orchard or pumpkin patch. An enormous 10-acre corn maze can be maneuvered on the grounds of a nearby farm, and the Sussex County Agriculture Development Board also offers hay rides, horseback riding, and farm tours.

Stupendous hiking trails are just a short drive from Culver Lake. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic River feature a number of day waterfall hikes and overnight trails. The best times of year for hiking are undoubtedly during the summer and fall seasons, when weather is most agreeable. Short trails range from the 1.5-mile Cedar Swamp Trail to the 8.6- mile Sussex Branch Trail. Visitors can also tackle the immense Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine all the way down to Georgia, passing through Sussex County for an impressive 73.4 miles. Dogs are allowed on excursions if restrained by a 6-foot leash. Hunting, camping, canoeing, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing are other popular activities here, along with sport fishing: common catches include smallmouth bass, muskellunge, walleye, panfish, shad, catfish, pickerel, sunfish, and trout.

Also close in proximity to Culver Lake is High Point State Park. This neighboring reserve was established in 1923, and offers 14,193 acres of outdoor fun. Eleven hiking trails trekking through Cedar Swamp and portions of the Appalachian trail are well marked and maintained. The park’s 220-foot monument to war veterans should not be missed — located 1,803 feet above sea level, the statue boasts stunning views of the surrounding hills and forests.

Enthusiasts of all types will adore Culver Lake’s wide variety of clubs and community activities. Boating enthusiasts should consider joining the Windjammer, a club founded by a group of seafarers in 1976. The Twix Teens Club is aimed at pre-adolescents and young teens, while the First Niters Club is directed toward older teenagers. Both organizations meet weekly to coordinate dances, plays, water carnivals, formal dinners, conservation efforts and more — particularly during the summer months. Also available for young residents aged 4-18, the Culver Lake Swim Team is a fantastic conduit for instilling camaraderie and a sense of sportsmanship in participants — swimming lessons are offered by fully licensed lifeguards. For adults, a Women’s Club meets twice weekly for luncheon and coffee, while the Men’s Club Fishing Committee, also known as the Fishery Management Committee, is responsible for stocking Culver Lake with fish.

While Culver Lake is oriented toward members, families, and vacationers, the surrounding parks and hiking trails can be enjoyed by everyone. From ice fishing to apple picking and hiking the Appalachian trail, Culver Lake is an exciting year-round destination.

Things to do at Culver Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • State Park

Fish species found at Culver Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Shad
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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Culver Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Normanoch Association

Surface Area: 555 acres

Shoreline Length: 7 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 846 feet

Average Depth: 50 feet

Maximum Depth: 80 feet

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

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- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

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- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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