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
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)
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.
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
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
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
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