Paddling Through The Hidden Monksville Reservoir Is A Magical New Jersey Adventure That Will Light Up Your Soul
By Raymond Goldfield|Published January 30, 2023
Raymond Goldfield is a life-long New Jersey resident and an avid traveler and foodie who can be usually found on the Jersey Shore during the offseason or checking out the latest seasonal flavors at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. He has been working for Only In Your State for since early 2022, where he writes for New Jersey and Iowa and edits the Mid-Atlantic region. He can also be found writing about pop culture for GeekDad. When at home, he enjoys reading comic books and is part of The Rabbitt Stew podcast team. While New Jersey is his home base, he travels regularly and has visited Virginia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Canada as well as all of NJ's border states. Ultimate travel goal? Visit all the best buffets in the United States.
There are a lot of spots to go kayaking in New Jersey, with amazing views and crystal-clear water. The problem is – during the height of the season, it can feel like everyone else knows it too! Where do you go when you want to enjoy the peace of the open water without feeling like everyone and their cousin is sharing it with you? The answer can be found at one magical spot in North Jersey, only a few miles from the border with New York. Monksville Reservoir, a massive man-made lake near West Milford, was designed to alleviate water shortages. Today, it’s a popular place for recreation on the water, and usually attracts a modest crowd compared to the massive groups at the shore. And you won’t have to go far to get on the water – you’ll find a popular kayak-rental company right by the water!
Have you visited Monksville Reservoir for a refreshing adventure on the water? Tell us about your visit, and let us know your favorite places to go kayaking in New Jersey in the comments section! For more on how to get on the water, you can visit Flatwater Paddle Company’s website and Facebook page. For another New Jersey adventure with a stunning view, check out the state’s only waterfall restaurant.
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