Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

Posted on 09/09/2014

Photo taken on October 24, 2013

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New Wawayanda Lake
Lake Aeroflex
Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County
fall leaves
New Jersey
United States
autumn leaves
Pequest River

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Lake Aeroflex – Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover, New Jersey

Lake Aeroflex – Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover, New Jersey
Tucked away within New Jersey’s Skylands region, Lake Aeroflex is the crown jewel of the Kittatinny Valley State Park. Sometimes called New Wawayanda Lake, Aeroflex is considered the deepest natural lake in the State of New Jersey. That distinction brings with it some benefits as a fishery, as the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife has chosen Lake Aeroflex as one of only two lakes in the state to be stocked with landlocked salmon. (The other is nearby Wawayanda Lake.) Lake Aeroflex and its small neighbor, Gardner’s Pond, are a part of the Pequest River headwaters in Sussex County and as such need adequate protection to ensure continued good water quality. Visitors to the lake comment on the remarkably clear waters and usually vow to come back for another visit.

Created by glacial action, Lake Aeroflex covers 103 acres. A small water control dam is located at the outlet. The solitude and still waters make it appear much more remote than it actually is. The lake is only a mile or so from Route 206 and only a few miles north of Interstate 80. The lake even has a small airport along its southern shore which is used for local small plane traffic. The heavily wooded shoreline hides the few private homes located near the northeast shore of the lake, and gives a feeling of the woods and bluffs vistas seen in far more isolated destinations. Fall color here is spectacular, with the white limestone of the Great Limestone Valley’s cliffs thinly veiled by scarlets, golds and bronzes of the hardwoods in full autumn dress.

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