Spend a summer day
With vast lawns and rolling hills, there are plenty of picnic tables for families and friends to gather for summer barbecues.
Be warned though — the part gets filled to capacity very quickly on summer weekends. So be sure to arrive early to get your spot. With a lakefront beach at the tip of Lake Hopatcong, along with lifeguards, this state park is a great place for families.
Bring your suit and take a dip! This park is one of our summer swimming spots, but check the website before you go to make sure the lake is open for swimming.
Find a new photo spot
There is also a boat launch area at Lake Hopatcong that allows local residents to head out into the water for a nice summer day. There is also a small dam that is often flowing with some water during the summer months.
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This is a great photo spot with blue skies and clouds rolling by — perfect for that blue skies capture!
What you need to know
The park is open from sunrise to sunset during the winter months, and from 8am to 8pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Since this park is VERY popular, a lot of people come in and out of the gates every day. If you pack in a picnic, be sure to pack out your trash — Mother Nature (and the State Park staff!) thank you!
There is also an entrance fee, so bring cash.
No matter the season, take the time to visit Hopatcong State Park. You’ll find something for everyone in the family!