Amwell Lake Wildlife Management Area
East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, NJ


Directions:

Located off Route 31 east of Linvale (southeast of Ringoes).

It can be reached from Trenton or Pennington by driving north on Route 31 to the Harbourton turn-off; then proceed about a quarter of a mile to access road on right.

Approaching from the north on Route 31, the access road is on the left about one quarter of a mile before the Harbourton turn-off.

(For maps see: www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wmaland.htm)


The picturesque lake is surrounded by rolling farmland at the foot of the Sourland Mountains in southern Hunterdon County.

Parking for about 50 cars. Access to portions of the shoreline is difficult because of marshy conditions. The lake is at the headwaters of the Stony Brook-Millstone river system

Karl Anderson reported that this is not much of a place for botanists. He said to take it off my list.  But I took a look anyway and it is not so bad. I was able, with some difficulty to walk around the lake. There is a good cattail and other type marsh here.

Counted 109 Canada geese on the lake.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
dates = dates plants found in bloom


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple) 5/05/04
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Salix nigra (black willow)
Salix sp. (willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) 7/11/98
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive) 5/05/04
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle) 5/05/04
Lyonia ligustrina (maleberry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rosa palustris (swamp rose) 7/11/98
Rubus sp. (black berry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Vines:
Cuscuta gronovii (common dodder)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) 7/11/98
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow) 7/11/98
Agrimonia sp. (agrimony) 7/11/98
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/05/04
Allium vineale (field garlic) 7/11/98
Apocynum sp. (white dogbane longer lower petioles) 7/11/98
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Artemisia sp. (annual mugwort?)
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) 7/11/98
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/05/04
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade) 7/11/98
Coronilla varia (crown vetch) 7/1//98
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 7/11/98
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 7/11/98
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset)
Eupatorium maculatum (spotted Joe-Pye-weed)
Euphorbia maculata (milk purslane)
Fragaria virginiana (autumn olive) 5/05/04
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 7/11/98
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Ludwigia alternifolia (seedbox) 7/11/98
Ludwigia palustris (marsh purslane)
Lycopus virginiana (Virginia bugleweed)
Lycopus sp. (bugleweed)
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife) 7/11/98
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) 7/11/98
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel) 7/11/98
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) 7/11/98
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) 7/11/98
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose knotweed) 7/11/98
Polygonum sp. (knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed knotweed)
Portulaca oleracea (purslane) 7/11/98
Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil) 7/11/98
Prenanthes sp. (lettuce)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 7/11/98
Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan) 7/11/98
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Solidago juncea (early goldenrod)
Solidago sp. (goldenrod) 7/11/98
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 5/05/04 7/11/98
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue) (less cut)
Trifolium aureum (yellow clover) 7/11/98
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbascum blattaria (moth mullein) 7/11/98
Verbena hastata (blue vervain) 7/11/98
Vernonia noveboracensis (New York iron weed) 7/11/98 soon

Rushes:
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex sp. (sack sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Ferns:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

Grasses:
Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Others:
Riccia sp.?