Hackensack River Canoe & Kayak Club

paddling for over a third of a century

Lake Aeroflex
by Betty Wiest

Sunday, June 7, 2020

June 7th was a beautiful, but windy day. In fact, someone came up to me and commented, "It's pretty windy, are we still going out?" Well there were no whitecaps so it just became a little more of an effort to paddle.

We had sixteen people who launched their boats at this mostly sandy beach. It's a popular spot for vehicles with trailers.....which makes the parking lot fill up fast, especially in view of the 50% capacity rule. Thank goodness there was an overflow area nearby on Limecrest Road. There is a small airport nearby and we saw several planes take off and land while we were on the water.

Lake Aeroflex (also known as New Wawayanda Lake) is part of Kittatinny State Park. It is a glacial 119-acre lake. If you ever go, put in the airport into your GPS. otherwise it will take you miles out of your way to the main area of Kittatinny State Park.

We paddled to the northern end of the lake where, in weeks prior, on a previous paddle, we were able to navigate a natural wetlands channel. This time the channel was clogged with water lilies and we were only able to paddle a short distance. It was frustrating not to be able to paddle up the channel, but a lesson learned....paddle this in mid-May if you want to explore the wetlands area.

We leisurely paddled around the lake and returned to the launch area. Many of us stayed for lunch and chatted a good bit.