Lake Mohawk, New Jersey

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Lake Mohawk is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area located in parts of both Byram Township and Sparta Township, in Sussex County, New Jersey. As of the United States 2000 Census, the CDP population was 9,755.

The community is located around Lake Mohawk, the largest artificial body of water in the state of New Jersey that is a private lake.[1] There are two other small lakes in the mountains of the community, the Upper Mohawk Lake and the Alpine Pool, both of which are spring fed. The water for the Alpine Pool cascades down gracefully from a spring that rises from an even higher peak in the mountains. An alpine motif was used throughout the community.



The buildings in the tiny town center resemble little castles, or reflect alpine architectural styles. This distinctive architecture in the town center and of many homes was a major aspect of the listing of Lake Mohawk on the National Register of Historic Places. The town center has a few restaurants, a post office, and limited shop, service, or professional space. This area is called White Deer Plaza after a native American who lent her name to the center. A tiered boardwalk was constructed along the northern edge of the lake where the town center exists. A clubhouse dominates the boardwalk near the waterfall created by the dam of the Wallkill River that created the lake. The river continues to flow through the lake in a northerly direction. A landing was provided along the boardwalk that residents may use to tie up to a dock while visiting the country club facilities. There is an outside restaurant that is open from Memorial day to Labor day for members only. Special events are scheduled to keep the children and teens involved. Annual events the Beer and Wine Tasting, German Christmas Market,Holiday Tree Lighting, Easter and Mothers Day buffet, 4th of July Buffet and Fireworks. All of the events are for members only.

In the 1950s a movie theater, a stone's throw beyond the main entrance to the lake, called Winona Parkway, was built along the adjacent county roadway, route 15, which leads to the Dutch colonial and revolutionary era mining town of Sparta. The Central Hotel in Sparta drew as many diners for its pizza as did Krogh's Restaurant for its finer fare on the plaza overlooking the lake. Some residents would travel to Perona Farms for their fabulous buffet in nearby Andover. Fresh vegetables were sold from the gardens of a nearby Abby that developed a white corn strain called, Luther Hill Corn, the likes of which were never sold in a grocery store. The cob was about six inches long with jagged rows of tiny kernels that needed no butter for full enjoyment.

Beaches are provided along the edge of the lakes, spaced to enable residents to walk to the nearest one. Membership in the club is required for owners and renters alike. An issue of exclusion was raised at one point legally, but membership remains a requirement for residents. An attended gated area, resembling castle turrets, exists on the western "trail", which leads to the homes on the islands and along the western shore. A golf course located along the western drive is part of the country club.

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