White Lake Preserve, Hardwick NJ - 394 Acres


Hiking and kayaking at White Lake

White Lake is a county park that is managed by Ridge and Valley Conservancy. The preserve is highly sensitive ecologically, but users can paddle and hike on it. The main parking and boat launch area for White Lake is located on Stillwater Rd./ Route 521 in Hardwick near the intersection with Spring Valley Rd. Across the street are White Lake WMA and the historic Vass Farmstead. Additional trailheads can be found north and south of the main parking area on Stillwater Rd., and at the intersection of Spring Valley and Primrose Rd.

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 White Lake Information Phone Number: (973) 937 8748

Warren County Parks Information


kayaking at white Lake

RVC offers kayaks at White Lake for public use from Spring to Fall. Dates and times will be announced as the season approaches. Drop in during one of the times listed below and paddle around the pristine waters of White Lake. Observe turtles, fish, and the beautiful shoreline ecosystems.
Kayaks are offered free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis and may be unavailable in the event of inclement weather. 
For more information contact: whitelakeinfo@gmail.com or call (973) 937-8748.

stewardship at white Lake

White Lake requires careful stewardship to maintain the sensitive limestone fen and shoreline communities while also providing recreation opportunities for visitors. RVC hopes to achieve this balance through careful monitoring and maintenance, and by encouraging low-impact, sustainable uses such as kayaking, educational nature programs, yoga and photography. We encourage you to stop by the preserve and witness the many changes taking place.



White Lake lies in the Great Limestone Valley in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The 69 acre spring-fed lake is surrounded by sensitive limestone fen, forest, and pondshore communities. These ecosystems are home to many rare grasses, sedges, and invertebrates that thrive in calciferous sediment, making this property a regional conservation priority. Evidence of past industrial activity, including an ice-house and marlworks, can be observed from the preserve’s wooded and meadow hiking trails. The Ridge and Valley Trail passes through White Lake preserve, and connects to the Paulinskill Valley Trail near the intersection of Spring Valley Rd. and Primrose Rd. The crystal-clear lake is popular among local photographers, kayakers and anglers.


White Lake Preserve is owned by Warren County. RVC originally preserved this property and the adjoining White Lake WMA in conjunction with the NJDEP, Warren County, NJ Fish and Wildlife, Green Acres, and Hardwick Township in 1997. Recently, The Nature Conservancy managed stewardship at White Lake under supervision of the County until 2015, when RVC took over this responsibility.