Visiting Lake Mohawk in Sparta, NJ

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I grew up and lived in Lake Mohawk for 26 years of my life. I loved the quiet lake life there, as well as the amazing Sunsets that could be witnessed from the entire lake. The boardwalk was a great place to find small, local businesses. I am so excited to share this spot with you!

Virginia Buechel, NJspots Founder

If you are looking to escape to a quaint lake community, Lake Mohawk located in Sparta, New Jersey is the place for you to explore.

Inside This Guide: Great Lake Community, Perfect Anytime of Year, Amazing Sunsets

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Explore the lakeside community

Originally built as a Dutch-German community, Lake Mohawk has history written all over it. The focus of the community is the Plaza located at the northern section of the lake. 

With several shops, restaurants, and bars located in the Plaza, there is something to do for everyone.

There’s a boardwalk that runs along part of the lake in the Plaza, which boasts some great restaurants. You can enjoy the country club, which also hosts its fair share of events. There are some fine dining options available as well.

White Deer Plaza

The White Deer Plaza is aptly named for the local albino deer roaming the area. holds some of the best eats in Sussex County. If you’re looking for a bar-like atmosphere, check out Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, a great “lake-styled” scene.

For a more formal dinner scene, we suggest checking out iL Porto, a white-cloth table restaurant right on the boardwalk with a great view of the lake. Perfect for a sunset dinner! We recommend making a reservation, as it’s very difficult to get a table on the weekends.

If dessert is your style, the homemade ice cream spot Alpine Creamery is where you need to head. This is a sweet tooth’s delight with unique flavors, a convenient walk-up window, and excellent toppings!

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Visit any time of year

Lake Mohawk provides a great escape any time of the year with beautiful summer sunsets, local events, water-skiing shows, winter festivals around Christmas time, and an excellent setting for any summer day.

Unlike its southern counterpart in Lake Hopatcong, Lake Mohawk has a specific set of rules for boats that are allowed on the lake. With no power motor boats allowed, the lake is much more tranquil and quieter during the summer. It’s a great time to enjoy the sunshine and watch fireworks from the lake in July.

Stick around for sunset

Visiting this spot during the summer months will bring a great adventure. Also, don’t forget to stick around for a summer sunset. The view from the boardwalk is a perfect vantage point facing the western skies. 

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