Visiting Lake Mohawk in Sparta, NJ

Lake Mohawk from Above - Drone Shot of Lake Mohawk in Sparta

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!

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.

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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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Great Anytime of the 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.

Can you walk around Lake Mohawk NJ?

Lake Mohawk in New Jersey is a beautiful lake surrounded by picturesque forests, making it a perfect spot for a day trip. Visitors to the area can explore the lake and its surroundings by taking a leisurely stroll around on its boardwalk. The boardwalk is about 1.5 miles out and back, but some of the sections are only accessible to the lake members.

Is Lake Mohawk private?

Lake Mohawk is a private lake located in Sparta, New Jersey. It is owned by the Lake Mohawk Country Club and is a popular destination for boating and fishing. The lake itself covers over 1,400 acres and has an average depth of 8 feet.

The entire Lake Mohawk area is made up of three villages: White Deer Village, Silver Spring Village, and North Beach Village. All three villages are protected by the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation, which ensures that the beauty of the lake remains intact. Only members of the country club or their guests are allowed to enjoy activities on the lake, making it a private paradise for those who have access to it.

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.

History of Lake Mohawk

Lake Mohawk is a private residential community in Sussex County, New Jersey established in the 1920s as a summer retreat. The lake was created by damming the Wallkill River and building a network of canals, roads, and houses around it.

The community was designed to be self-contained with its own amenities. In the early years, it was popular as a summer retreat for affluent urban residents. Today, Lake Mohawk is a thriving residential community with over 3,000 residents and a strong sense of community spirit. The lake remains a popular recreational destination with boating, fishing, and other water sports available.

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3 Responses

  1. Indeed a great destination, but several errors in this story might impact your experience and should be corrected to protect visitors from potential trespassing violations.

    The community was built in the Swiss/Alpine storybook style of architecture circa 1920’s by clever developers ( not developed by the Dutch-Germans). The charming shops and restaurants along a portion of the Boardwalk and in White Deer Plaza (named after Princess White Deer of the Mohawk tribe – not after albino deer) are a great place for the public to explore and watch the sunset over the water.

    However, unlike Lake Hoptacong which is open to the public, Lake Mohawk is privately owned and operated by the Lake Mohawk Country Club. The castle-like Clubhouse, the Lake, the beaches and many of the roads around the lake are private, serving the residents within the Reservation. There is no public fishing or boat launch. Only boats, including both power and paddle, must be registered by residents belonging to the Country Club, so watching the fireworks from the lake is not possible for visitors. Also the German Christmas Market has been moved to a different venue since the writing of this article.

    Hope this helps to plan your visit!

    1. Thank you for the clarification and adding some essential details for this community Barbara.

  2. Just wanted to offer up a correction. Lake Mohawk does allow motor boats on the lake. There are size limits however. Roughly boats under 20 feet but no jet skis or hydroplanes.

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