About Lake Hopatcong
Living Lake Hopatcong is the lake section of Jefferson Township. Located on the North and East side of Lake Hopatcong, and is in Morris County, NJ. Here you will find part of the main section of the lake and what locals know as the small section.
Lake Forest and Woodport
Marinas, Restaurants, and More
North of Brady’s Bridge is know as the small section, Lake Forest and Woodport. If traveling by boat make sure your bimini tops are lowered and that your vessel will fit, as water levels can be high. This is a marked 5 mile an hour zone to and from the bridge, speed is strictly enforced. Navigating under the bridge is backwards from what you learned in your boating class. Here, traveling under the bridge stay to the right, same as all of our bridges at Lake Hopatcong.
Lake Forest is apart of a lake community and residents here do have HOA fees. It has its own clubhouse and beach to its residents only. Though dock slips are available for a seasonal rental. Lake Forest is the only section of the lake that faces preserved land across the water. Woodport is the most northern section of the lake and water sports are allowed here during certain times. Most days you’ll find water skiers, wake boarders and loud tubers enjoying the water. The Liffy Cove, has become a new favorite to anchor and swim, but it does get rough from the passing water goers. The small side has 3 Marinas, Bridge Marina, Flash Marina and Three Peaks Marina. It also has 2 waterside restaurants that you can dock or drive to. Mason Street Pub and Stone Water offer daily specials, cocktail menus, outdoor seating, breakfast on weekends and most nights during the summer live music with no cover. If you need ice or a cold one, these can be purchased at Tiny’s. Please drink responsible and remember the rules of the lake.
The Main side of the lake allow water sports during certain times, but please be careful as it is traveled with higher speeds. Here you will find deep waters with depths up to 42 feet and not ideal for swimming, unless close to shore.
Capp Beach is a members only beach, but can be joined by Lake Hopatcong residents.
Marinas, Gas and Fishing
If you want to rent a small fishing boat, Dow’s Bait Shop is it in Lake Hopatcong. One stop for anything fishing the lake. Rather rent a larger boat, Lake Hopatcong has that too at Bridge Marina. Would you rather be a passanger on Largest Lake in NJ? Lake Hopatcong Cruises, Miss Lotta is a 57 foot SkipperLiner that can be booked for 1 up to 45 guests for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Its pretty amazing.
There are 3 places to gas up in Lake Hopatcong on the lake. Main Lake Market, Bridge Marina and Flash Marina. Gas attendants are always there during business hours and follow your safety instructions every time.
Waterside restaurants on main lake include The Jefferson House Restaurant, Alice’s, and The Windlass. The Windlass and Jefferson House have lakeside seating and Alice’s has table lake views from the large open doors to outside. All can be accessed by boat or by land. Daily specials, cocktail menus, breakfast, lunch or dinner, and live music with no cover during most nights. If you want to grab a sandwich and an iced tea, forgot a tube, need sunblock. Stop by Main Lake Market, oh they have homemade ice cream and a souvenir shop you’ll love.
Adventure is calling! Check out Lake Hopatcong Adventure Co. for outdoor activities like Pedalboarding or Hydrobikes. Also, try Fly High Watersports, if you want to try flyboarding or jetpacks. Less adventurous visitors can enjoy Lake Hopatcong Golf Club, waterside miniature golf course.
Islands of Lake Hopatcong
Raccoon, Halsey, and Lify
Lake Hopatcong has 3 Islands. Raccoon Island, is accessible by boat or ferry. The ferry runs from early April to late Fall, depending on the weather. You can drive your vehicle onto the ferry for $8.00 round trip. The residents of Raccoon Island do not live here year round, though most would probably love to. Halsey Island, is only accessible by boat. Most properties on Hasley Island are historic and family owned for generations. Real Estate on these islands are hard to get, foreseeable, a true investment. Lastly, is Lify Island which, as of 2019 is able to be accessed by a footbridge, not just by boat. However, its not advised to try to pull up to the land by boat. This is a preserved island and unsafe to dock. Its a worthy hike and a true untouched piece of nature.
Lake Hopatcong off the Lake
The Lake is a main attraction to Living Lake Hopatcong, but also has local events, groups to join, small and large businesses, employment opportunities, close to major highways, close to shopping malls, good school systems, great food and more.
Residents and Visitors
Most residents here own there homes and live here year round. The warmer months attract more visitors and AirBNBs are an option if your just planning a visit. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, a second home or thinking of relocating here, you probably wont ever want to leave.