- Lake Mohawk, New Jersey
official_name = Lake Mohawk, New Jersey
settlement_type = CDP
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Map of Lake Mohawk CDP in Sussex County
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Sussex
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 15.9
area_land_km2 = 12.9
area_water_km2 = 3.0
area_total_sq_mi = 6.2
area_land_sq_mi = 5.0
area_water_sq_mi = 1.2
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 9755
population_density_km2 = 753.4
population_density_sq_mi = 1951.2
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 229
elevation_ft = 751
latd = 41 |latm = 1 |lats = 7 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 39 |longs = 36 |longEW = W
Lake Mohawk is a
census-designated placeand 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
artificialbody of water in the state of New Jerseythat is a private lake. [http://www.njskylands.com/tnmohawk.htm] 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 boardwalkwas 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 Riverthat 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 a 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
miningtown 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.
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lake_name = Lake Mohawk
Sussex County, New Jersey
coords = coord|41.0328753|N|74.6434949|W|type:waterbody_region:US-NJ_source:gnis|name=Lake Mohawk
basin_countries = United States
elevation = convert|725|ft|abbr=on|lk=on
cities = Lake Mohawk
reference = [gnis|878426|Lake Mohawk (lake)]
Beaches are provided along the edge of the lakes, spaced to enable residents to walk to the nearest one. Membership in the clubis 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 courselocated along the western drive is part of the country club.
Except for the Alpine Pool and the Upper Mohawk Lake areas that are accessible from an entrance high in the mountains, all of the community is reached by descending from the surrounding mountains of Sussex County. Homes have been built up each face of the enclosing mountains, but the roads to them are accessed only from the main road around the lake. From the Alpine Pool, a panoramic view of the county is possible. On one side almost the entire stretch of the main lake is visible and on the other, the mountains that reach into the states of
Pennsylvaniaand New York.
At the southern end of the lake is a
swimming pooland tenniscomplex originally called the "Marine Pool", that is constructed to resemble the deck of a ocean liner. It is modeled after the likes of SS Normandie, having all of the appointments of a cruise ship, with a galley motif for the restaurantand a great stand of stadiumseating with colorful backs for the spectators at swimming events held at the facility. Through the seating is a stairway to the captain's quarters where the managers and lifeguards have quarters and stow special equipment.
The pool is ozone filtered, without a drop of chlorine in the water, and was the first pool in the United States to use Corona Discharge (CD) Ozone to treat its water. The filter system, built in 1937, was designed to resemble the engine room of the ship. The pool is Olympic-size (50m, with eight lanes) and has a central tower for
divingevents. The depth of the pool at that portion is ten feet. Both ends of the pool are more shallow, with a kiddie section nearest the tennis courts. On the northern end of the pool near the galley, there used to be a giant wet slidefeatured in "Zest" soap commercials on television in the 1960s. Beyond the pool to the south are three asphalt tennis courts, with another set of three clay courts in the parking area.
Swimming events at the pool are AAU competitions in all
aquaticcategories. Celebrities such as Buster Crabbeand Esther Williamswere normal fare at the events in the 1940s and 1950s. This was a time when the youngsters of the community could hitch-hike rides along the road from their neighbors without concern.
In the 1940s and 1950s there was an "Indian village" with a souvenir shop, located along the opposite shore of the southern end of the lake that added another attraction depicted in
post cards of the day. [http://www.some1else.com/mohawk/] The development of Lake Mohawk was referred to as a "reservation" in most promotional materials to continue the Indian tribe imagery.
Many of the homes along the water have
boathouses and docks. Sail boats and motor boats are a popular way to get around the lake. The "Marine Base", a marinabuilt in the style of the country club, is located at a mid point along the lake on the eastern shore.
The community used to be composed of summer residences. Few lived there around the year. Many houses were not insulated, nor did they have heating beyond a
fireplacefor especially cool summer nights. Among those who stayed year-round, friends would be hosted for the snowy holidays and winter sports. Driving across the frozen lake was shorter and safer than trying to traverse the steep hills. Even delivery trucks would make the short trip across the ice.
The seasonal residents of the early years included many who showed horses in the English-style regional circuits. Hunters, open-jumpers, and three- and five-gated saddle horses competed in the events. The Lake Mohawk Horse Show drew competitors from New York and Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey. The professional photographer who traveled from show to show along with the competitors throughout the season, maintained his office in Lake Mohawk at a little castle structure opposite the club house. Photographs of the competitors, judges, and winners were available from his files, selected from proofs sent to the subjects or from displays he set up at later shows.
Before the community was created, the area that is today Lake Mohawk was known as "Brogden's Meadow." A 600-foot
damon the Wallkill Riverwas begun in 1926. The lake was filled in 1928. The dam was privately constructed by the developers Arthur D. Crane and Herbert L. Closs. They controlled the development, sales, and rentals of the entire community.
Soon after the construction of the lake, in the mid- to late 1930s, one of the architects was staying with his family in a
seaplaneon the lake. A fire broke out on the seaplane. While they escaped by boat, the plane sank to the bottom of the lake. In the late 1990s an Italian team attempted salvage, but according to their reports, the wreck was too deteriorated to be recovered.
The route to Lake Mohawk was a winding drive up and down through a shady rural and mountainous roadside until after the completion of
Interstate Highways connecting the area to the New York metropolitan area. After those high speed connections were established nearby into the county, the community took on a year-round population of entertainers, airline employees and pilots, as well as commuters.
Lake Mohawk is located at coord|41|1|7|N|74|39|36|W|type:city_region:US-NJ|display=inline,titleGR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.2 square miles (15.9 km²), of which, 5.0 square miles (12.9 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (18.70%) is water.
footnote=source: [cite web
title=Population Finder: Lake Mohawk CDP, New Jersey
U.S. Census Bureau
accessdate=2007-03-09] As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 9,755 people, 3,692 households, and 2,787 families residing in the CDP. The population densitywas 1,951.2 people per square mile (753.3/km²). There were 3,940 housing units at an average density of 788.1/sq mi (304.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.88% White, 0.38% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population.
There were 3,692 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.9% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $81,699, and the median income for a family was $95,621. Males had a median income of $72,279 versus $40,417 for females. The
per capita incomefor the CDP was $35,637. About 0.8% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
* Pierson, Duane. "Images of Sparta", Minisink Press, Inc., 1981
* [http://www.njskylands.com/tnmohawk.htm New Jersey Skylands - Lake Mohawk]
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