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Musconetcong

Designated:December 22, 2006

Location: 24.2 miles of river segments in New Jersey, consisting of the approximately 3.5-mile segment from Saxton Falls to the Route 46 bridge and the approximately 20.7-mile segment from the Kings Highway bridge to the railroad tunnels at Musconetcong Gorge.

Outstanding Resources: Rich in colonial and revolutionary American history and natural and recreational resources.

Management Approach: A cooperative effort between the National Park Serivce and the Musconetcong Watershed Association.

Overview: The Musconetcong River drains a 157.6 square mile watershed area in northern New Jersey, and as a major tributary to the Delaware River, is part of the 12,755 square mile Delaware River watershed. It flows 42.5 miles in a general southwest direction. The Musconetcong River, nestled in the heart of the distinctive New Jersey Highlands region, features a remarkably diverse array of natural and cultural resources. The limestone geologic features present in the river corridor are unique in the region, and the steep slopes and forested ridges in the upper segments of the river corridor stand in stark contrast with the historic hamlets, pastures and rolling agricultural lands at the middle and lower end of the river valley.

Because the Musconetcong River corridor is located in a more remote part of New Jersey, much of the corridor's historical and archeological resources remain intact. Dozens of culturally significant historic and archeological resources - many of which are registered in the State and National Registers of Historic places - can be found along the 24.2 miles of the river's federal designation. Waterloo Village, Stanhope, Asbury, and Finesville are places that bring visitors back to earlier times, and underscore the importance of the Musconetcong River as the sustaining resource that established them.

The Musconetcong River is often referred to as the best trout fishery in New Jersey. Native Brown Trout can be found in the designated river's seven main tributaries, and anglers in the region have access to the river from hundreds of acres of publicly owned lands along the river's banks. Paddlers enjoy the river's rapid flows, and hikers enjoy the miles of hilly trails that flank the river and afford stunning views of the river corridor. The Musconetcong River is unique geologically, historically, and recreationally, and its waters continue to sustain the region through which it flows.

Map of designated portions of the Musconetcong River in New Jersey.

Contact Information:

Paul Kenney
National Park Service
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
tel. 215-597-5823
fax. 215-597-5747
Paul_Kenney@nps.gov

 

Related Links:

Musconetcong Watershed Association

Final Study Report and
River Management Plan

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