Peckman River

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Peckman River
Peckman River viewed from Commerce Road in Cedar Grove
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountiesPassaic, Essex
Physical characteristics
 - locationEagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
 - coordinates40°48′28.67″N 74°14′18.54″W / 40.8079639°N 74.2384833°W / 40.8079639; -74.2384833
 - elevation624 ft (190 m)
MouthPassaic River
 - location
Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey, United States
 - coordinates
40°53′36.69″N 74°12′49.50″W / 40.8935250°N 74.2137500°W / 40.8935250; -74.2137500Coordinates: 40°53′36.69″N 74°12′49.50″W / 40.8935250°N 74.2137500°W / 40.8935250; -74.2137500
 - elevation
119 ft (36 m)
Length8.5 mi (13.7 km)

The Peckman River is a tributary of the Passaic River in Essex and Passaic Counties, New Jersey in the United States.

The Peckman River originates in the township of West Orange and flows northeasterly through the townships of Verona, Cedar Grove and Little Falls to its confluence with the Passaic River in the borough of Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson).

Devil's Hole[edit]

The Peckman River passes through a number of urban and suburban areas, as well as the Lower Norton Reservoir, before narrowing and terminating in Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange. Few features define the waterway save for a short waterfall and pool, known as Devil's Hole, located in Cedar Grove and which is used locally as a swimming hole. The falls were created by the addition of Van Orden's Dam during the Dutch settlement of the region.[1] Historians state that the water from Devil's Hole previously powered a steam boiler at the Van Orden Corset Company factory south of the site.[2][3] On June 18, 2014, a teenager from Newark, NJ drowned while swimming in the hole.[4] Swimming in Devil's Hole was banned by a local ordinance in 2018.[5]


As a tributary of the Passaic River, the Peckman River has been the subject of frequently flooding, particularly from the mid-2000s. The United States Army Corps of Engineers attributes this flooding to an increase in storms and heavy rainfall, which exceed the drainage capacity of the surrounding area. The USACE notes that recent floods have degraded the ecology of Passaic River Basin, largely as a result of erosion, and consistent with the long-term impact seen in watersheds which are heavily urbanized. Moreover, development throughout the region has reduced the drainage capacity of the basin.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cedar Grove. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Cedar Grove Historical Society booklet" (PDF). Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  4. ^ Tamiyah Yancey. "Update: Man dies after jumping into water at Devil's Hole in Cedar Grove". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  5. ^ Moreno, Jeanne (19 June 2018), Cedar Grove Police Step Up Enforcement of "No Swimming" at Devil's Hole, TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, retrieved 14 August 2018
  6. ^ "FACT SHEET-Peckman River Basin, New Jersey > New York District > Fact Sheet Article View". Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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