Hopatcong Lake level drops to lowest level of the season

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As we are ending the boating season for 2016, the level of the lake has dropped to its lowest level of the year. At just 7.72 feet we are reaching the point where boats have difficulty getting in and out of the docks.

Past experience on the lake tells us that at 7.7 feet boats will start to have problems getting in and out of marinas, and at 7.5 feet most boating will be impossible. So, while it’s the end of the season for most boats, most people around the lake are already thinking about what this means for next year. If the dry spell continues over the winter, what does 2017 hold in store for the biggest lake in New Jersey?

Luckily, NJDEP is looking to implement two changes as a pilot starting this winter, and into the spring of 2017.

Those changes are:

  1. Reduce the annual winter drawdown from 26” to 22, which would save an additional four inches of the lake level.
  2. Reduce the outflow from the lake in the spring, when conditions merit the change

We hope this will help in bringing the lake back to the full pool for the start of the 2017 boating season.

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