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Musconetcong River Wild and Scenic River Study
 
 
Musconetcong River
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Designation

On December 26, 2006, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 109-452 - designating the Musconetcong a National Wild and Scenic River.

Overview
The Musconetcong River is located in the northwestern Highlands region of New Jersey. The river flows 42 miles southwesterly, from Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware River, and is just 50 miles from the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.

In 1997, 18 of 19 Musconetcong River municipalities petitioned the National Park Service to determine the Musconetcong river's eligibility for National Wild and Scenic River designation. The formal study, involving the Musconetcong Advisory Committee, local governments and local landowners, began in 1999 and took five years to complete.

During the study process, the Musconetcong Advisory Committee, with the assistance of the Park Service, developed the Musconetcong River Management Plan in April, 2003. Not long after, 13 of 14 riverside municipalities voted to support the management plan, and the designation of the river into the National Wild and Scenic River System.

After designation in 2006, the Musconetcong River Management Council was formed to implement the River Management Plan in partnership with the National Park Service.

Download the Musconetcong River Management Plan in pdf (0.7mb)

Outstanding Resources
Historical
The Plenge site, a Paleo-Indian archeological site that dates back 12,000 years, is on the banks of the Musconetcong River. Historic sites and hamlets like the Miller Farmstead and Stone Bridge, Waterloo Village, Asbury, Bloomsbury, Beattystown and the New Hampton Pony Pratt Truss Bridge can be found along the Musconetcong River as well.

Scenic
There are 5,045 acres of parks in the watershed, with hundreds of acres of park land along the Musconetcong River itself. The river valley provides for views of mature forests, farmlands and historic villages.

Recreational
With many of its tributaries being trout production streams, the Musconetcong River is one of the finest trout fishing streams in New Jersey. At periods of higher flows, the river is also an excellent paddling river. There are miles of hiking trails, particularly in the upper end of the corridor at Allamuchy-Stevens and Point Mountain State Parks.

Geology
The New Jersey Highlands' limestone formations stand in contrast to the relatively flat Piedmont plateau that surrounds the region. Because of the karst topography along the upper watershed ridges, streams that flow down to the valley below often "disappear", and end up emptying into the Musconetcong River - through underground cavern networks.

For More Information
Send email to Paul Kenney, Project Manager