The Foundation is looking to improve and enhance recreational opportunities, specifically with regard to hiking, kayaking, swimming, and biking on and around Lake Hopatcong.
The LHF has invested in lakeside/vicinity trails with grants to Jefferson Township for work on their Prospect Point/Liffy Island hiking trail, and with a grant to a local Eagle Scout for his work improving the Roland May Eves Sanctuary trail (and creation of a downloadable audio tour).
Lake Hopatcong Trail
The long-term goal is to have a trail system that could take hikers fully around Lake Hopatcong! Though much of it would exist a small distance from the lake, there is enough public land to move toward this goal. It would involve connecting existing trails, forging new ones and working in conjunction with the four towns around the lake.
Group Guided Hikes
In June of each year, in conjunction with National Trails Day, the LHF hosts a guided hike at a trail in the Lake Hopatcong area. In 2013, the hike was through the newly established Prospect Point Trail in Jefferson; in 2014, it was at Roland May Eves Sanctuary Trail in Hopatcong; in 2015 it was at the Ice Age Trail in Landing; and in 2016 the foundation changed it up to host a narrated walk through the Mount Arlington Historic District. Our hike for 2017 will be on the newly blazed Hopatcong section of the Lake Hopatcong Trail and is scheduled for 9:00 am on Saturday, June 17. We will meet behind the Hopatcong Senior Center. Come out and join us!
In the long term, we will be looking into a variety of other ways to improve recreational opportunities in and around Lake Hopatcong, such as swim lanes on the lake and mapped kayaking.