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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.

Delaware River Watershed

Dunnfield Creek  -  Delawanna Creek

Van Campens Brook  -  Delaware Lake

Buckhorn Creek  -  Pophandusing Brook

One of the major rivers of the Northeastern United States, the mighty Delaware is surrounded by scenes of breathtaking beauty.

Flat Brook Watershed

Big Flatbrook  -  Little Flatbrook

Sawmill Lake  -  Tillman Ravine

Stony Brook  -  Lake Ocquittunk

Sussex County's Walpack Valley is an outdoor paradise, laced by bubbling streams and studded with crystal waterfalls.  At its heart is Flat Brook.

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.

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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.

Pohatcong Creek


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

What Great Waters watershed do you live in?



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