Department of Land Preservation

500 Mt. Pisgah Ave.
PO Box 179
Oxford, NJ 07863

Phone: 908-453-3252
Fax: 908-453-3150

Corey Tierney, Administrator

Warren County


The White Lake Natural Resource Area is a 394-acre preserve in Hardwick Township offers

enjoyable opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, and wildlife observation from sunrise to

sunset. White Lake itself is a deep 69-acre spring fed water body. Beneath the clear blue water

lays a chalky marl bottom composed of freshwater mollusk shells and clay. A variety of

habitats surround the lake, including fertile meadows, karst limestone exposures, sinkhole

ponds, and stands of mature hemlock and hardwood forests. The shoreline is also home to

various endangered or threatened plant species. In addition, the preserve is dotted with

several cultural and historical points of interest, including a lime kiln and the stone wall

remnants of an ice house/marl processing facility.


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White Lake Natural Area Preserve, Hardwick
Photo by Teresa Kaminski



At White Lake, this preservation includes unique shoreline and aquatic ecosystems, the legacy of industrial and agricultural use, as well as many rare plant, insect, and bird species in the surrounding forests and meadows.


We welcome you to experience the many natural and recreational opportunities available at White Lake.

For more information about the management of White Lake or volunteer opportunities, please contact us at: or give us a call at: 973-937-8748.


Please Remember:

  • Stay on the marked trails and do not disturb marked sensitive habitats.
  • Remove and carry out any trash.
  • Hunting is only allowed by special permit.
  • Removal of plants, animals, wood, stone, or other natural materials is prohibited.
  • Gasoline powered boats, motorized vehicles such as ATVs, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.


Directions From Route 80:

  • Take Exit 12 Hope/Blairstown.
  • Take CR 521 north towards Blairstown for 5 miles.
  • Turn Left on Route 94 and travel 0.5 miles to the first traffic light.
  • Turn Right at the light and continue on CR 521 (Stillwater Road) for approximately 2 miles.
  • Cross the intersection with Route 659 (Spring Valley Road) and continue 0.2 miles.
  • The entrance to White Lake will be on your right.


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