During winter months, cold and ice may
result in inaccurate real-time lake or reservoir elevation data.
Adjustments or deletions of this data can only be done after detailed
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Lat 40°55'03", long 74°39'51"
referenced to North American Datum of 1983, Roxbury Township, Morris
County, NJ, Hydrologic Unit 02040105, in gatehouse at left end of Lake
Hopatcong Dam on Musconetcong River, 0.9 mi north of Landing, and 2.5
mi northeast of Netcong.
PERIOD OF RECORD.--
February 1887 to current year.
WDR NJ-82-2: Drainage area; WDR NJ-83-2:
Corrections 1981 (M/m).
Water-stage recorder 1928 to 1984 and water-stage
recorder with telemetry 2004 to present year. Prior to June 24, 1928,
and during 1985-2004, daily readings obtained by measuring from
high-water mark to water surface converted to gage height, present
datum. Datum of gage is 914.57 ft above National Geodetic Vertical
Datum of 1929.
From 1887-1928, data provided by Morris Canal
employees; 1985-2004, data provided by Lake Hopatcong State Park.
Lake is formed by concrete spillway and earthfill dam
completed about 1828. Crest of spillway was lowered 0.11 ft in 1925.
Usable capacity, 7,459,000,000 gal between gage height -2.6 ft, sills
of gates and 9.00 ft, crest of spillway. Flow regulated by four gates
(3 by 5 ft), also by one 24-inch pipe with gate valve to recreation
fountain 250 ft downstream from dam. Dead storage, about 8,117,000,000
gal. Figures given herein represent usable capacity. Data collected at
0700 on the first day of the following month between Jan. 1985 and Feb.
2004. Subsequent data collected at 2400 on the last day of each month.
Lake used for recreation. Annual extremes beginning in water year 2014
can be obtained by using this link
. Prior to water
year 2014, annual extremes can be obtained on the respective annual
water year summary
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD.--
Maximum contents, 9,745,000,000
gal, Aug 13, 2000, gage height, 11.80 ft (level of Lake Hopatcong
highest since dam was built in 1828); minimum contents, 1,525,000,000
gal, Dec 29, 1960, gage height, 0.65 ft.
The gage height of the crest of the
dam at Lake Hopatcong is 9.0 feet. NJ State Police high-water level is
9.5 feet. At lake levels above the high-water level, boat speeds are
greatly restricted and no wakes are allowed.
Rain gage data are available from this location at this
Streamflow data at the outlet of Lake Hopatcong are available at this