Lake Hopatcong, NJ, USA

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Lake Hopatcong, NJ, USA

Lake Hopatcong vacation rentals

Discover the appeal of Lake Hopatcong

New Jersey's largest freshwater body, Lake Hopatcong lies along the border of Morris and Sussex counties, around 90 minutes southwest of New York. Visitors to the lake are tempted by the chance to boat, swim, sail, and kayak, although often find themselves equally enthralled by the beaches and dining spots that line the lake's pristine shoreline. The lake is popular with day trippers but it's just as easy to set up home for a while to enjoy a longer break. You'll find many Lake Hopatcong vacation rentals nestled right on the water's edge.

Make a splash in Lake Hopatcong

The lake is rightly at the center of the action here _ the pace at which you enjoy it is entirely up to you. Kayakers can often be found admiring the scenery provided by historic lakeside homes or paddling the canals of the old Venice section. Those preferring a faster pace will find the lake's marinas have speedboats and jet skis for hire. Not too keen on navigating yourself? Between May and October, travelers can cruise from Nolan's Point aboard the lake's largest boat, Miss Lotta. Movie nights, dinner cruises, and stargazing trips ensure this 57-foot SkipperLiner has something for everyone.

Lake Hopatcong has attractions for all ages

While you'd be forgiven for spending your entire break enjoying the lake, exploring the surrounding communities will prove to be time well spent. If you're traveling with children, you'll score top marks with a trip to Wild West City in Stanhope, a Western-heritage theme park with a petting zoo and stagecoach rides. Enjoying an adult-only getaway? The Haunted Scarehouse in Wharton offers the chance to enjoy something a little different, including wildly popular escape rooms and fearfully realistic scenes that will have you double-checking the door of your Lake Hopatcong vacation rental is locked up tight.

Lake Hopatcong holds year-round appeal

The summer months can be a lovely time to kick back at Lake Hopatcong. Temperatures during sunny days in July and August often hit the 80s, perfect for topping up your tan at the lakeside beaches and watching the Sunday sailboat regattas. Spring and fall are also popular times to visit, thanks in part to the glorious spectacle offered up by the changing season in the surrounding parks. Don't rule out enjoying a stay in a Lake Hopatcong vacation rental in winter, though. Activities such as ice fishing and cross-country skiing ensure that vacations here are a year-round affair.

Explore green spaces around Lake Hopatcong

The lake may well be the jewel in Mother Nature's crown around these parts, but the sprawling green spaces that surround the water by no means play second fiddle. Lake Hopatcong State Park, home to Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, offers up almost 160 acres of space with plenty of scenic walking paths and fishing spots. Wildlife enthusiasts can head to the Roland-May Eves Mountain Inlet Sanctuary in the lake's northwest corner where a bird blind offers the chance to spy everything from kingfisherd and cardinals to herons and bald eagles in the surrounding wetlands.