Atsion Lake is located along Route 206 in Shamong, NJ. This is a good sized lake with an unusual water color, rust. The water color, from what I have learned was caused by cranberry farms in the area. Somehow the juice from cranberries made it to the water system that feeds the lake. However, I don’t think that you would want to drink it.
The lake is protected by the state and there is $10 entrance fee per vehicle for NJ residents and out of state pays $20. The number of vehicles allowed entry is always based on the number of life guards they have on the duty. I have been to this lake twice and on both occasions I did not swim. The first time, we rented canoes for $40 per canoe for the whole day inside the park. We rented three and just shared them among ourselves. The second time, I just did take photographs and hung out. The kids rented canoes, however, we have to drive to a house across the lake (we have to leave the lake park) and they have to drive the canoes to the lake though the price remained unchanged.
The lake park also has several picnic tables with grills and rest rooms and showers. This is good for summer get away from heat if you don’t like the beach.
The picture above was taken across the lake when we were renting the canoes. I did post process using Lightrom 4. If you are interested in viewing other pictures please click the above picture or just click here.