Lake Lonnie – Delran, NJ

lakelonnie11

Lake Lonnie – Delran, Burlington County, NJ
Distance –  0.6 of a mile, but more areas to explore back there.
Type – Loop
Difficulty: 5 of 10 – dodging dirt bikes
Total score: 3 of 10

Open – 8:30 AM to 7 PM (September 1 – March 31), 8:30 AM – 9 PM (April 1 to August 31)

Terrain – Lakeside forest and dunes

Trailheads –  40° 1’23.30″N,  74°58’20.91″W

Directions – Located at the end of 5th Street, past Leon Ave.  When entering the large parking area next to Swedes Lake, turn left at the end of the chain link fence, and follow the road around to the parking area for Lake Lonnie

Turn at these signs. Note: children may not be posing at all times.

Turn at these signs. Note: children may not be posing at all times.

Parking –
lakelonnieparking

Standouts –Nice bit of lake to walk around.

Markings – None, but easy to follow around.

Map –
lakelonniemap

Description – Right next to Swedes Lake in Delran is Lake Lonnie.  This former farm was acquired in the 1940s by Mr. Karl Scott.  In 1945, he dug a fairly deep lake (reportedly 15 feet deep in the middle), named it after his wife, and , 1953, opened a swimming resort.  This was a popular place over the next several decades, a place for picnics and learning to swim.  The lake operated until 1976, when it was acquired by the township after the popularity fell.  The lake was used by the township for town events until at least the 1990s, such as Delran’s 100th Anniversary celebration and Scout campouts.  Eventually, the swimming area was shut down, but more recently the town constructed hiking trails around the lake.

So, after wrapping up our hike at Swedes Lake, we walked across the parking areas to the trailhead for Lake Lonnie, next to what appeared to be the old snackbar.  We went clockwise around the lake, following the well worn trails around for about 0.6 of a mile.

lakelonnie01
lakelonnie02
lakelonnie03
lakelonnie05|lakelonnie06|lakelonnie07
lakelonnie08
lakelonnie09
lakelonnie10
lakelonnie12
lakelonnie13
lakelonnie14
There were lots more areas leading around this spot next to Swede’s Run, but we exited pretty quickly.  Why?  Quad and dirt bikes.  The kids riding them were very polite, slowing down when they passed the kiddos and myself and moving off to other areas after noticing we were walking two little ones around, but loyal readers of the South Jersey Trails blog that frequent the area say that the riders are not always so polite or careful.  I like to think it’s my charming personality that made the difference, or maybe my “don’t mess with me, I work with Camden kids” aura that follows me around, but it might just be my 6’1″ frame and scary mountain man beard.  Whichever way it is, be careful if you go here!

Overall recommendation – Nice to pair up with Swedes Lake (literally next door) for a nice hour or so hike, just be careful of those dirt bikes.

Nearby – Also in Delran are Swedes Lake and Amico Island. Only a few minutes away are the trails of the Taylor Preserve
Sources: 

DiStefano, Joseph N. “Litter Collectors Find Treasure Among The Trash In Delran.” Philadelphia Inquirer 25 Apr. 1990: n. pag. Philly.com. Web. 3 Jan. 2016. <http://articles.philly.com/1990-04-25/news/25915995_1_roadsides-township-medical-explorers&gt;.

Ruza Family. “Lake Lonnie.” Postitive Press.  July 2011.

Thank you to those who shared on the Facebook page about Lake Lonnie!

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Hiking, History, Outdoors., South Jersey

One response to “Lake Lonnie – Delran, NJ

  1. Bill R.

    My family and I used to go to Lake Lonnie in the 60’s. Then we switched to Holiday Lake. Great memories. We lived in Philadelphia back then.
    Thanks,
    Bill R

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s