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Lake Information for Greenwood Lake


Greenwood Lake is an interstate lake approximately seven miles (12 km) long, straddling the border of New Jersey and New York. It is located in West Milford, New Jersey (in Passaic County) and Greenwood Lake, New York (in Orange County).

The lake was originally called "Quampium" by the Munsee Native Americans who lived there. It was renamed "Long Pond" by Europeans, who settled the area in the 1700s for farming and ironmaking, and eventually came to be re-christened "Greenwood Lake." It was dammed up in 1837 to increase the size of the lake for water power downstream.

The enlarged lake began to attract tourists. During its resort era, several steamboats operated on the lake, including the Greenwood Lake Transportation Company's "Arlington" and "Milford", and their side-wheeler, "Montclair", built in 1876, which had two decks and is reported to have been capable of carrying from 200 to 400 passengers. These steamboats met the trains and took passengers to the various resorts around the lake in both states.

Fishing Description: 

New Jersey DNR lists Greenwood Lake as very good for walleye, sunfish, catfish, and largemouth bass. It is also listed as good for smallmouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch, and pike.

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Optional Information
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Greenwood Lake
Lake type: 
New Jersey

Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Totowa Bait & Tackle Shop
  • 10 Albion Ave - Paterson, NJ
  • (973) 956-0825
    O & H Bait Shop
  • 209 Meadow Ave - Chester, NY
  • (845) 469-2566

Boat Rental

    Stateline Boat Rentals Incorporated
  • - Hewitt, NJ
  • (973) 728-8824
    Sportsman Boats & Motors
  • 325 Lakeside Rd - Hewitt, NJ
  • (973) 728-9611

Vacation Rental

  • 1531 E 17th St - Brooklyn, NY
  • (718) 627-9292

Bar and Restaurant

    Bar Restaurant
  • 986 Mclean Ave - Yonkers, NY
  • (914) 237-9840
    Papa Joe's Bar & Restaurant
  • 778 Belmont Ave - North Haledon, NJ
  • (973) 427-1007

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