SOUTH JERSEY LAKE NOTES
(this page last updated:  10/4/19)

(The comments in this section are intended to assist bass fishermen in their use of lake facilities in the area.  They are not intended to be official information and the SJBCA is not responsible for any information that is inaccurate or not up to date.)

Alloway Lake (Alloway, Salem County, NJ) -- Tournaments are now permitted at this lake.   Regulations specify that a tournament permit must be applied for at least 60 days in advance and at a cost of $100 (in addition to the ramp fee).  Click here to view the permit application.  $10.00 daily ramp fee ($100.00 per year).  No boats over 18 feet are permitted on the lake (although in practice we don't believe this is being enforced).  [Electric trolling motors only]

Lake Assunpink (Mercer County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.  Double wide ramp with dock.  Ample parking.  State will only issue a permit for an open buddy tournament on one day of each weekend and will not issue a tournament permit for any tournament on Saturdays during duck hunting season in the fall.    [Electric trolling motors only]

Lake Audrey (Cumberland County, NJ) -- NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife began allowing tournaments here in 2018.  Fishing quality has declined since the lake first opened due to declining pH level.  Unimproved but adequate ramp.  Has a floating dock and ample parking.  Re-liming of the lake to improve the pH level was undertaken in 2019.  Stocking is tentatively scheduled for 2020.  In the meantime, some largemouth bass are present.    [Electric trolling motors only]

Clarks Pond (Fairton, Cumberland County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.  Unimproved ramp is fine for launching.  A new floating dock was added in 2017.  Limited parking.  [Electric trolling motors only]

Cooper River (Camden County, NJ) -- This lake/river underwent a dredging project in 2015-16.  Decent ramp & parking lot on south side of lake/river.  Sculling events can result in the launch ramp being closed.  Call the boathouse (Jamie Stack) at 856-661-3188 to find out about any upcoming events.  [Electric trolling motors only]

Davis Mill Pond (Cumberland County, NJ) -- Awkwardly angled ramp which often has a big pot hole at the bottom of it.  Limited parking along the roadway.  This lake experienced Largemouth Bass Virus (LMBV), causing the bass population (especially large bass) to decline, but has rebounded.   [Electric trolling motors only]

DOD Ponds (Penns Grove, Salem County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.   Concrete ramp and ample parking.  This remote location is prone to trash dumping and weekend parties that leave the parking area covered with nails & other debris from bonfires.  There have been reports of vandalism to vehicles while parked at this remote location.  The long entrance road often gets rutted and needs to be leveled by the State a couple of times a year.  [Electric trolling motors only]

East Creek Pond (Cape May County, NJ) -- Located in Belleplain State Park and regulated by the park.  Unimproved ramp frequently gets washed out causing shallow water in the launch area.  Limited parking.  Per park personnel, parties interested in holding tournaments at the lake should contact the park superintendent in writing in advance and ask for permission.  A decision on whether a "use permit" is required will then be made by the superintendent.  In practice, not too many (or any) clubs obtain a tournament permit.  [Electric trolling motors only]

Elmer Lake (Elmer, Salem County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.   The State ramp in the northeast corner of the lake has very little incline, but boats can be launched without too much of a problem.  A new floating dock was added in 2017.  Very limited parking.  The private ramp at the southwest corner of the lake is only accessible with permission by the owner.    [Electric trolling motors only]

Lake Lenape (Mays Landing, Atlantic County, NJ) -- Operated by Atlantic County Parks.  Requires an annual launch ramp sticker which costs $5.00.  Park officially opens at 7:30 am year round and outboard motors cannot be started before that time.  The park must be notified in advance of any tournaments held there and paperwork must be completed.  This lake often experiences low water levels due to dam problems, droughts and intentional lowerings for dock maintenance.  [Allows outboards under 10 hp, and a limited number of outboards over 10 hp with advanced reservation and proof of $500K of liability insurance.]

Malaga Lake (Malaga/Franklin Twp, Gloucester County, NJ) -- Has an official township ramp on the east side of the lake with ample parking.  Also has a larger beach/ramp on the west side of the lake (at the end of Malaga Lake Boulevard) which most clubs use for tournaments.  [Electric trolling motors only]

Manaquan Reservoir (Monmouth County, NJ) -- Has a ramp fee.  Also charges a per-boat tournament fee.  A personal flotation device (life vest) must be worn 100% of the time by all boat occupants.  Outboard motor props must be removed or gas tank removed, to render outboard motors unusable.  [Electric trolling motors only]

Maple Lake (Atlantic County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.  Dirt ramp and limited parking.   [Electric trolling motors only]

Maskells Mill Pond (Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.  In a remote location.  It has limited parking and an unimproved ramp that is slanted to one side under the water line.  [Electric trolling motors only]

Maurice River (Millville, Cumberland County, NJ) -- Boat ramp is located at the end of Fowser Road (off of Delsea Drive, Rt 47) in Millville.  Double-wide and single-wide boat ramps and ample parking.  Very busy ramp during striped bass season.  [Unlimited horsepower motors permitted]

Menantico Sand Wash Ponds (Millville, Cumberland County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.   Double-wide ramp and ample parking.  Parts of the group of ponds are not easily accessible for large boats during low tide.  There have been reports of vandalism to vehicles while parked at this remote location.  [Electric trolling motors only]

Mirror Lake (Browns Mills/Pemberton Twp, Burlington County, NJ) -- Ramp is decent, but parking is located in a lot across the street and a distance away.  Has a $25.00 annual ramp fee ($50.00 for out of state and 20% discount for senior citizens).  [Electric trolling motors only]

Newton Lake (Collingswood, Camden County, NJ) -- Located in several cities, with the launch ramp being in Collingswood.  Parking lot was repaved and fenced in 2014.  Not a lot of room for convenient launching when the parking lot is full and there are few parking spaces designed for tow vehicles.  More parking room is available in the adjacent field, but there have been multiple reports of park or law enforcement people preventing trailer parking in the field..  The portion of the ramp below the water line is slanted off to one side.  During summer the lake usually becomes very heavily clogged with vegetation and algae bloom.  The local towns periodically take action to control it and a large-scale dredging project is being planned for late 2020.  [Electric trolling motors only - although county park regulations refer to outboard motors being permitted in some sections]

Parvin Lake (Pittsgrove, Salem County, NJ) -- Located in Parvin State Park and regulated by the park.  Ramp is decent, but doesn't have much incline.  Only five spaces are available for boat trailer parking, but arrangements can be made with the park for additional parking.  Has a $12.00 daily ramp fee ($20.00 for out of state) from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, but is free the rest of the year.  The park prefers to be notified in advance of tournaments held there. [Electric trolling motors only]

Rainbow Lake (Pittsgrove, Salem County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.  Decent single-wide concrete ramp with an awkward launching situation for large groups (i.e., getting tow vehicles to & from the ramp from the parking lot).    [Electric trolling motors only]

Salem Canal (Mannington Twp, Salem County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area tournament permit is required for tournaments launched from the State ramp located on Hawks Bridge Road (Rt 540).  Ample parking, but parking lot is somewhat narrow and makes turning around difficult when the parking lot is crowded.  An auxiliary parking area was opened up next to the main parking area in 2016.   There is an old unimproved (and dangerous) ramp located on Rt 40 West in Carney's Point.  There is also a private ramp at Salem County Sportsmen's Club off of Rt 40 East.  [Unlimited horsepower gas outboards permitted]

Shaws Mill Pond (Cumberland County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area tournament permit is required for tournaments.  Concrete ramps and ample parking are located on both sides of the lake.  There is a floating dock & asphalt parking area at the ramp on the west side.  [Electric trolling motors only]

Sunset Lake (Bridgeton, Cumberland County, NJ) --  This lake had been drained due to storm damage.  Several years afterward, repairs were made, the lake was refilled in June 2015 and juvenile bass were stocked yearly thereafter.  A new concrete ramp was constructed and, at first, was unusable.  Subsequent removal of material from the bottom of the lake at the end of the ramp has made it more functional, but boat launching can still be a challenge.  Also, shallow water along the shoreline can make it difficult to maneuver a boat up to the shoreline.  The ramp is located in the Piney Point picnic area.  Adequate parking.  Picnic area may be reserved by non-fishermen for parties and the boat ramp may be unavailable during those times.  Information on the availability of the ramp can be obtained from the Parks Dept at 856-455-3230, then press "0", then press "1".  [Electric trolling motors only]

Union Lake (Cumberland County, NJ) -- A NJ Wildlife Management Area which requires a WMA tournament permit for tournaments.  Triple-wide ramp and ample parking at the State ramp on the west side of the lake off of Carmel Road.  There is also a smaller ramp & limited parking at the city ramp area on the southeast corner of the lake.  [Outboard motors under 10 hp permitted]

Wilson Lake (Clayton, Gloucester County, NJ) --   Located in Scotland Run Park.  Entrance to ramp is off of Fries Mill Road.  Gate at entrance ramp is opened at dawn and closed at dusk (unless other arrangements are made with Gloucester County Parks).  Requires a permit from the park to hold a fishing tournament; proof of  liability insurance is required for permitted tourneys.  In practice, clubs usually just schedule tournaments without getting a permit and are "just a bunch of fishermen who happened to show up on the same day".   In 2015, one club was told of a rule that outboard motor props had to be tilted out of the water, but no written version of this rule has been found.  [Electric trolling motors only]

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