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Left to right, Vireo, Flint and an Adirondack Guide Boat (T. Clarke)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Spruce Run: 15 Miles of Shoreline


Spruce Run Recreation Area is located in Clinton, New Jersey, approximately 15 miles east of Phillipsburg. Access is by Route 78 to 31 North, left onto Van Syckles Road and a left into the Park.

Map of Spruce Run Recreation Area and Reservoir

The Recreation Area contains the Reservoir with 15 miles (24 k) of shoreline and about 2.75 miles (4.4 k) from the Northeast corner to the Southwest corner. There are concrete ramps, a large parking lot for trailers and 67 campsites in the camping area.

The reservoir, completed in 1964, contains 29 varieties of game fish. It is used as a backup to protect the state from prolonged droughts.

Water level in the reservoir varies up to 20 feet (6 m) a year. In the photos below, the water level was down about 6 feet (1,8 m).


Ramp Area at Spruce Run

Looking North from the Ramps

South East from the White Dot on the Map

A Michalak Vireo (with Paul T. at the helm)

Looking South From the Ramp

Spruce Run has excellent parking and ramp facilities with access to over 15 miles of shoreline.  It is a venue for sailing, paddling, rowing and motoring (limited to 10 horsepower).


 
 

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