Culver's Lake

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Culver's Lake in Frankford Township, New Jersey.

Culver's Lake (formerly Round Pond) is a lake located in Frankford Township, in Sussex County, New Jersey. Fed by Lake Owassa and Bear Swamp, Culver's Lake is the source of the West Branch of the Paulins Kill (also known as the "Culver Brook"). In the late 19th and early 20th century, the lake was used for seasonal recreation. Today, it is a private year-round community owned and operated by the Normanoch Association, a homeowners' association.[1]

The lake has a surface area of approximately 555 acres and a shoreline roughly six and a half miles long. It has a maximum depth of fifty feet and is located at an elevation of 830 feet above sea level.[1] It is located near the Culver Gap, a wind gap in Kittatinny Mountain, and where the Appalachian Trail intersects with U.S. Route 206.

The lake is named for a local clergyman, the Reverend Jabez Collver (1731-1818), who led the Congregational Church in Wantage Township, New Jersey. On September 14, 1774, he purchased 163 acres of land east of Kittatinny Mountain near the lake. However, after the American Revolution, Collver fled to Ontario, Canada after the American Revolution due to his loyalist sympathies.[2]


  1. ^ a b Normanoch Association (main page) Archived October 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Snell, James P. A History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey. (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881), 297; and Stickney, Charles E. A History of the Minisink Region. (Middletown, New York: s.n., 1867), 19.

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Coordinates: 41°10′12″N 74°46′34″W / 41.170°N 74.776°W / 41.170; -74.776