There are many streams and underground springs that are natural to Mountain Lakes. These were utilized to form the 9 lakes in town. The lakes are: Birchwood, Crystal, Sunset, Olive, Shadow, Cove and Reservoir (or Grundens Pond), Mountain and Wildwood. Wildwood and Mountain Lakes are connected by a canal, which can be used to boat between the 2 lakes. There are public beaches (for town residents) available at Mountain Lake and Birchwood Lake. Swim team practices are held at Birchwood Lake. Snack bars are available at Mountain Lake and Birchwood. There are sailing lessons held at Mountain Lake during the summer months and town sailors compete in Regatta races with other Lake communities.
Motorboats are not allowed on the lakes; however, sail boats, canoes, rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and recently boards and paddles are very popular on the lakes. Designated swimming are
as are found at Mountain Lakes Island Beach, at the Mountain Lakes Club beach and at Birchwood beach.
Mountain Lakes offers a few shops and restaurants. Boonton and Denville offer additional shopping including large grocery stores and Morristown is just 20 minutes away with a wide array of shops, casual and fine dining. New York City is easily accessed by train or bus. With a 45 minute bus ride and similar length train ride into the city, this suburb is the perfect live with easy city access and serene, beautiful surroundings.
Developed as a “park community”, the town offers outstanding outdoor recreational activities today including: swimming, boating, hiking, tennis, walking paths, skating, cross country skiing, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, bird watching and enjoyment of nature. Public parks residents enjoy include: Richard M Wilcox Park includes Birchwood Lake, Birchwood Beach, picnic tables and grills, swimming facilities, a hiking trail around the lake, and canoe racks.
Island Beach has swimming facilities, picnic tables, a dock, and a mooring area. Lifeguards man the beach during the summer to ensure the safety of beachgoers. The Tourne State Park has several hiking trails, a baseball field, picnic and grilling areas, a bird sanctuary, sledding hills, a horseback riding and crosscountry
skiing area. Midvale Park, also known as Malden L. Haswell Memorial Field, has playing fields, paths, and playground equipment.
Other parks in the town include: Halsey A Frederick Memorial Park, the William N. Taft Memorial Field, the Jan Wilom memorial court, the Frank B. Kaufmann Park, Memorial Park on Lake Drive, Briarcliff Park, the Lymer Wilson Memorial Park, and the Thorleif Fliflet Bird Sanctuary.
The land currently known as Tourne Park has been popular for hiking and informal picnicking before it became part of the Morris County Park system. The Tourne is the only remaining undeveloped fragment of the Great Boonton Tract, purchased by David Ogden, Colonial Attorney-General of New Jersey in 1759
. McCaffrey Lane, which serves as the main entrance to the park, was created in 1767 by Samuel Ogden to haul iron ore from Hibernia’s mines to his iron works in old Boonton. Within this historic region, cannon balls were manufactured for use by the Continental Army during the American revolution.
On a clear day, hikers who climb to the top of the Tourne Park will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the New York City Skyline. A total of 545 acres comprises this ruggedly beautiful park, located in Boonton Township, Denville, and Mountain Lakes. The Park’s trails lead to Birchwood Lake, ball fields, picnic areas, and a wildflower trail with nearly 250 species of native plants. They are also ideal for a stroll through the heavily wooded thickets teeming with wildlife.