Newton Lake County Park – Oaklyn/Collingswood/Haddon Township, Camden County, NJ
Distance: Somewhere around 4 miles of trail (we did 1 1/2 miles this time)
Type: Loop (with some options for smaller loops).
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Terrain – flat walk along a lake.
Trailheads – Pretty much anywhere along the trail, just park along the side of the road. Good sized parking lots just off the White Horse Pike on Newton Lake Drive.
Directions – Newton Lake Drive in (I think) Oaklyn. We parked just off of Cuthbert Blvd on Lakeshore Drive (Haddon Township)
Markings – None, but it’s a very clear, paved pathway.
Hey wait, didn’t I post about Newton Lake before? Well remembered, but that was canoeing, this is hiking.
So last night, we went for a hike here after dinner. It’s a nice walk in a beautiful park. The bugs were not out at all, the fountains were on, it’s cool by the water, the bunny rabbits were out hopping around. Lovely way to spend an evening.
So why only a 5 of 10? One reason – people, people, people. Bike riders flying past, people running past, a whole running club of 5,000 kids tearing around, dogs (okay, The Pres loved the amount of dogs)… it was a madhouse. Some of the enjoyment was taken out of the walk by constantly making sure that The Pres wasn’t trampled to death or the recipient of a permanent tire mark across his body.
With that being said, there is a reason so many people are there – it’s really nice.
Although, I definitively preferred canoeing it.
The lake is very pretty
There are usually many people walking here, so it gets pretty crowded.
During the dredging project scheduled to commence next year on Newton Lake, if at the same time as the dredging project which is scheduled to take 18 months, a fish ladder was installed at the weir dam where Newton Lake drains into Newton Creek, there is a good chance that American Shad https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_shad would repopulate Newton Lake, then you would be a hero among the fisherman. Shad is a tasty as Salmon.
If you were to install a fish ladder at the outflow of Cooper River Lake where it drains into the Cooper River, you might get Shad migrating to Cooper River Lake. It would be like it was before the Civil War.