Lake Mohawk, New Jersey, USA

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Nestled in the town of Sparta, Lake Mohawk will take visitors and residents back in time with Tudor style architecture dotted around the lake. Although a private lake community in the northwest region of New Jersey, there are restaurants and shopping open to the general public and with the view of the Lake Mohawk, shopping and dining becomes a real treat.

Developed in the late 1920’s as a summer resort, Lake Mohawk now is home to approximately 7000 permanent residents. In January of 1926 the Arthur D. Crane Company along with developer and designer Herbert L. Closs began work in a valley called Brogden Meadow. The company dammed Wallkill River at the northern end of the valley and then cleared the lake bottom. The lake was named in honor of Princess White Deer’s tribe. She was a full-blooded Mohawk woman who sang on Broadway and attended the 1927 opening of the private resort community.

Stretching three and a half miles long, 800-acre Lake Mohawk offers many amenities for its lake residents. Lake Mohawk is stocked with striped bass and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass, catfish, and trout may also be caught at Lake Mohawk. There is a catch and release policy so fishing can be enjoyed on Lake Mohawk for many years. Golf is another very popular activity at Lake Mohawk. The Lake Mohawk Golf Club has a course that spans 126 acres and winds its way around the lake.

Other summer activities that can be enjoyed at Lake Mohawk resort community are volleyball, baseball, tennis, softball and water skiing. Water skiing is very popular, and New Jersey’s award-winning water ski team, the Ski Hawks, can be seen practicing on the waters of Lake Mohawk. With 11 beaches, swimming and sun bathing are also enjoyed by the lake residents. Boater will enjoy the Mohawk Powerboat Club or the Lake Mohawk Yacht Club; both offer races and championships as well as classes for sailing and boating. When the weather turns cold and snow is on the ground, it is time for even more fun. Skiing, tobogganing, sleigh riding and ice hockey are sports that will keep lake residents from leaving home for the winter.

The Boardwalk winds its way through gardens and around beaches and is a pleasant way to take a stroll. There are many park benches on the Boardwalk that give weary walkers a place to sit and enjoy the view of beautiful Lake Mohawk. The Boardwalk is owned and maintained by the Country Club but parts of the Boardwalk can be used by the general public due to the fact that restaurants and shops sit along it.

The White Deer Plaza, named after Princess White Deer, is home to many shops and restaurants. The Plaza and the Country Club were placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to the unique architecture style that is a combination of Tudor, English Cottage and German Baronial. The architecture style is now called “Lake Mohawk Tudor”. The architecture design includes half timbering, variegated slate roofs, stucco siding, gable roofs, stone work, and decorative brick. The Country Club resembles a medieval castle and is an ideal place for weddings or hosting other special events.

Lake Mohawk is a place to call home. Whether people are ready to retire or just to enjoy a perpetual vacation, they will find that Lake Mohawk has every thing they are looking for. The community around Lake Mohawk is made up of everyday people who all share the love of nature and the beauty of Lake Mohawk.

Things to do at Lake Mohawk

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Tobogganing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Mohawk

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Trout

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Lake Mohawk Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Surface Area: 800 acres

Shoreline Length: 7 miles

Average Depth: 13 feet

Maximum Depth: 20 feet

Completion Year: 1927

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

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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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

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.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

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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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

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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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

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.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

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.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

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.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

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

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- 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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