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Lopatcong Creek

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.

Did you know?

The Lopatcong Creek watershed is home to:

1,652 acres preserved farmland

12 miles hiking trails

11 historic districts

6 managed fishing miles

(wild or stocked)

5 water access points


Who benefits from a healthy watershed?

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Current Challenges

The health of the Lopatcong Creek watershed faces a number of challenges that can be easily addressed with the right tools, protections, and cooperation:​

  • Increased stormwater runoff from warehouse development

  • Excess runoff waste from cities, towns, and farms

  • Polluted runoff raising the water temperature, harming fish and encouraging toxic algae

  • A mile of vulnerable waterway without sufficient protections

  • Limited public access

If not managed and protected now, communities could miss out on the watershed's many recreational and economic benefits for good.

Anne's Story

"For 15 years I lived in Jersey City and commuted daily to Manhattan where I worked for a major investment company.  For me, the Great Waters region was a refuge from the noise, the crowds, and the everyday stress of the living and working in the city . . ."

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You can help keep the Lopatcong Creek watershed great.

Do you live and fish in the Lopatcong Creek watershed?  Do you love to visit the charming towns and recreational opportunities the watershed has to offer?  

Many of our local leaders have stepped up to protect our great waters and landscapes by working on smarter zoning, sensible development, and land preservation. Now, we're asking them to use their power and call on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to fix outdated state-level water protections to keep these cherished waters great for generations to come. 


Whether you're a mayor, a mom, or a master angler, you have the power to safeguard our state's great waters for generations to come. Sign the petition and check out our municipal action guide:



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