Greenwood Lake (at Awosting Road)

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Awosting Road
07421 West Milford , NJ 41° 8' 55.9644" N, 74° 20' 3.2136" W

Greenwood lake is one of the largest lakes in the state. Lots of boat traffic. gets quite choppy in summer; wave refraction off bulkheads can be interesting. Watch out near marinas. Limited places to take out. Nearly entire shoreline is private residences. There's a NJ Green Acres park at southern end. No boat launching permitted from there, so you probably can't take out either; we've never tried. A few miles North of the dam, the town of Warwick has a town beach; excellent area outside of the summer season. There are some lakeside restaurants. Overall it's a nice place to paddle.

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Launching considerations / restrictions:: 

Car top launch only. It's really a shore fishing access location. There's a gate at end of dirt road; not sure when it's locked. I'd assume area is open sunrise to sunset, but it's not posted, so don't know for sure.

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Driving Directions: 
  • From South
    • I-287 northbound to exit 55.
    • At the end of the ramp make a right heading north on Ringwood Avenue. (CR 511).
    • Stay on CR511 / Ringwood Avenue (later Greenwood Lake Road) for approx. 13 miles through Haskell, Wanaque and all the way around Wanaque Reservoir and past Monksville Reservoir.
    • Right on Awosting Road North and continue for 1.5 miles.
    • Second Left onto unmarked Dirt Road (First dirt Road is marked Private) and continue to Greenwood Lake Dam.
    • NOTE: If you see East Shore Road on your right, you've gone too far.
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Limited parking; shared with fisherman. Max. 8 cars maybe. no parking along main road.
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No Facilities