Explore your waters
The Great Waters of New Jersey include the one-of-a-kind rivers, lakes and streams that weave across the Northwest region of the state. They form seven watersheds over four counties, 50 towns, townships, and boroughs.
Dive into a watershed below for resources on fishing access, hiking spots, and more. And before you leave, learn about what's putting your favorite waters and waterfront lands at risk—as well as what you can do to help protect.
Lopatcong Creek Watershed
Lenape for "winter watering place for deer" the cool fresh waters of Lopatcong Creek once fed the historic Morris Canal. Today, it's known for its excellent trout fishing.
Musconetcong River Watershed
Lake Hopatcong - Lubbers Run
Mine Brook - Cranberry Lake
Lake Musconetcong - West Portal Creek
Tumbling past historic villages and through rolling green fields, the Musconetcong is one of New Jersey's treasured and federally designated Wild & Scenic Rivers.
Paulins Kill Watershed
Yards Creek - Blair Creek
Dry Brook - Trout Brook
Alms House Creek - Swartswood Lake
Bordering the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Paulins Kill Watershed is home to four Wildlife Management Areas, two State Forests, and the oldest state park in New Jersey. No wonder it's renowned among hunters, hikers, and nature lovers.
Pequest River Watershed
Beaver Brook - Mountain Lake
Trout Brook - Furnace Brook
Lake Aeroflex - Honey Run
A watershed for all seasons, the Pequest boasts excellent fishing, paddling, hiking, and hunting opportunities for everyone. Not to mention exquisite scenery all year round.
Merrill Creek & Reservoir
Shibbecong Creek - Brass Castle Creek
Rising in the mountains of eastern Warren County and shaded by tall trees and deep ravines, Pohatcong Creek and its tributaries are beloved by locals and visitors alike. The Merrill Creek Reserve is a favorite spot for bird watchers