Budd Lake, New Jersey

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Budd Lake is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Mount Olive Township, in Morris County, New Jersey. As of the United States 2000 Census, the CDP population was 8,100.



Budd Lake is located at 40°52′04″N 74°44′26″W / 40.867809°N 74.740666°W / 40.867809; -74.740666 (40.867809, -74.740666).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 16.7 km2 (6.4 mi2). 15.2 km2 (5.8 mi2) of it is land and 1.5 km2 (0.6 mi2) of it (9.15%) is water.


Budd Lake, the lake, is a glacial lake with an elevation of 933 feet (284 m), and a surface area of 374 acres (1.51 km2). It is the largest natural lake in New Jersey.[4] It is 7–12 feet deep, and can have large algal blooms. It is recharged through groundwater seepage through a series of wetlands, and serves as the headwaters of the Raritan River's South Branch.[5] It is closely bordered by U.S. Route 46 to the south, and Sand Shore Road to the east.[6]


Budd Lake was named for John Budd[7]. Prior to that, it was called Hattacawanna Lake[8].


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,100 people, 2,851 households, and 2,169 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 534.6/km2 (1,383.8/mi2). There were 2,994 housing units at an average density of 197.6/km2 (511.5/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.11% White, 3.54% African American, 0.07% Native American, 5.80% Asian, 1.47% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.62% of the population.

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