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Kayaks are on the pad and ready to launch.

It was the Monday of Memorial Day 2010 and Kathy and I took advantage of the nice  weather to try another new paddling location in New Jersey, the Monksville Reservoir.  It is located just south of the New Your / New Jersey border by Ringwood just north of the Wanaque Reservoir.  We had never been here before but I read good things about it so I figured let’s give it a go.  It’s located about 45 minutes from our home up Route 287 and there is a nice parking lot, not so nice port-o-potty and a nice boat ramp.  Considering it was Memorial Day weekend and the weather was almost perfect, it won’t get more crowded than today, so there is lots of parking and an additional north boat ramp with access in that part of the reservoir.

Once in the water it was clean and only blue at times.  Close to the shore, where we spent most of our time there was some murk.  The water went from calm to choppy.  With grey clouds overhead and a changing weather pattern, the paddle home proved to be rough and against the wind, presenting itself to be quite a work out.  We made it home but not before seeing a couple in a row boat tumble into the tank fighting the wind.  Actually, while difficult, I never found it the wind or the weather on the way home challenging or threatening.  It was like riding a bike up hill.

In total the trip was a 6-mile loop that took us 3.5 hours from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  While a nice reservoir, I don’t know it’s worth the trip for us of going past Split Rock or trying other new reservoirs, if that’s what we want to do, like Round Valley.  It ended up being a nice, not so relaxing 3.5 hour paddle.

Some cool things we experienced was an area of dead tree branches in and out of the water just north of the bridge at the north western end of the reservoir.  I called this the forbidden zone, referencing the area of destitute in the Planet of the Apes, but past the Forbidden Zone was a lovely brook that the reservoir emptied in to.  We saw a nice family of while swans or somethings the 4 or 5 swanlets swimming behind the proud parents.  We also saw ducks that wanted to be photographed and cormorants bobbing for food in the distance that didn’t what to have their pictures taken.  There were lots of boats on the water with many fisherman.  Some had gas powered motors in small boats that ruining the peacefulness of the lake.

Time line based on photo time stamps:

  • 12:24 .m. – Boats on boat ramp ready to launch – Time to find the port-o-potty
  • 12:39 .m. – First photo in the water
  • 1:19 p.m. – Make it to power line (1.5 miles)
  • 1:39 p.m. – We approach northern boat ramp (2.5 miles)
  • 1:43 p.m. – We go under Greenwood Lake Turnpike bridge
  • 1:59 p.m. – We enter the Forbidden Zone
  • 2:14 p.m. – In as deep as we can go into the Forbidden Zone (3 miles)
  • 2:34 p.m. – We go back under Greenwood Lake Turnpike bridge (3.5 miles)
  • 3:02 p.m. – Back under the power lines (4.5 miles)
  • 3:48 p.m. – Last picture on the water (6 miles) , unfortunately I left the camera on and drained my battery and couldn’t take too many pictures at the dog park when we got there after we got home.
  • 4:08 p.m. – Pulling out of the parking lot
  • 5:38 p.m. – First picture at the dog park after the trip, see http://DenvilleDogPark.com

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