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Lake Hopatcong in 'No Wake' Zone

Lake a foot above high-water level.

Attention boaters: With water levels increased after Hurricane Irene stormed through the borough, Lake Hoaptcong is under a "no wake" watch, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.

As of 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Lake Hopatcong's water level was just over 10.5 feet. The New Jersey State Police consider the lake's high-water level to be at 9.5 feet. Over that, and boat speeds are restricted and no wakes are allowed.

Though the lake level is a foot higher than the high-water mark, it's not the highest it's been. On Aug. 13, 2000, in the midst of Hurricane Floyd, Lake Hopatcong rose to 11.8 feet. It's lowest recorded height was .65 feet on Dec. 29, 1960.

Roll Back Our Tax August 31, 2011 at 09:50 AM
Thanks for posting Brendan. The lakefront dock owners on the lake have to protect their assets from all the insensitive and ignorant boaters on Lake Hopatcong. The Hopatcong Safe Boating Course running in area by Coast Guard Auxilary would help. The reason I say "ignorant" and "insensitive" is because on Monday I had to chase (2) boaters down to Johnny's Marina to tell them about the "no wake" in effect. One was a lake front resident who wanted to take his ski boat fast in our area. I know where he lives now. The other docks his boat at Johnny's Marina and was ignorant of the fact the the "no wake" was in effect. I had to stop at the Lake Hopatcong Park Police office to vent because no warnings were posted. They were more concerned about the "tone" of my voice/letter than taking responsibility. So much for government employees. All they care about is their paycheck, pension and benefits. The residents downstream shouldn't have been an issue. After all releasing only 6" of water two days before the storm from the dam wasn't going to have any major impact on residents downstream when they had at least 5 days notice the storm was coming. The 6" of rainfall in a day turn into 24" for lake residents. Looking around the lake I see alot of damage to not only residential property but business property as well. Call this lake water management? Possible new Hurricane on the way. http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/NOAA5Day.asp?storm=Katia So how will they prepare this time?
This guy September 10, 2011 at 07:42 PM
These people just sit on their porches with there megaphone waiting for a no wake,Typical case of Boating Nazis and Crazy old cat ladies.
Roll Back Our Tax September 11, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I have a potato launcher too. The megaphone doesn't seem to work.
Carol C. September 11, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Hurricane Floyd was in 1999; I'm not sure the flood of 2000 was hurricane related.
Concerned September 11, 2011 at 08:35 PM
The flood of 2000 was in relation to a dam break after a heavy thunderstorm in Sparta.

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