Lake Musconetcong State Park 
Center Street, Muconetcong, Morris County, New Jersey


US 80 to exit 27; bear right with the traffic; come to a traffic circle; get out of the circle at the exit for Route 183 (Ledgewood Avenue); turn right onto Allen Street which flows into Center Street; there is a parking area on the left by the lake shore.


baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground

This is a very small park on the eastern side of Lake Musconetcong's southern border.   It is adjacent to the Lake Musconetcong Park on the other side (western side) of the lake. 

04/16/2005.  On a beautiful day, Rosemary and Carl Cooney, Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I parked in the parking lot and toured the park.  After coming from the beautiful Lake Hopatcong State Park, we were quite disappointed with Lake Musconetcong State Park.  It is a very small area that seems to have been abandoned to whatever the fates have in store, including quite a bit of litter.  We walked along the shore and that was no easy task.  Had to climb over and across all kinds of obstacles.  It would be nice if they could do something to improve this little patch of park, including picking up the litter.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = plant found in bloom on dates of field trips, 04/16/2005 11/06/2004

Acer platanoides (Norway maple) 
Acer rubrum (red maple) 04/16/2005
Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Fraxinus sp. (ash)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Pyrus sp. (apple)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix alba var. (willow) 04/16/2005
Ulmus americana (American elm) 04/16/2005

Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 04/16/2005
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Viburnum sp. (cranberry tea viburnum) ?

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Allium vineale (field garlic)
Amaranthus sp. (amaranth)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 11/06/2004
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)
Galinsoga sp. (quickweed)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground) 04/16/2005
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Matricaria matricarioides (pineapple weed)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 11/06/2004
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 11/06/2004
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 04/16/2005
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) 04/16/2005
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)

Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)

Ferns and Fern Allis:
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)