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A Summer Classic

Tomahawk Lake

Tomahawk Lake is a classic family day trip destination. Beside the still water stretches a beach made of glistening white sand, upon which many parents find suntan Nirvana while their kids find out what summer's all about.

On the quiet, back shore of Tomahawk Lake, Chester and June Wallace have finished up their annual interviews for summer help and are ready to open the family park for the season. They became the owners of this resort for daytrippers in 1956, four years after two guys named Laucks and Yonkers built a dam, a small beach and refreshment stand on a small farm lake at the base of Sparta Mountain. Every year since, the Wallaces have made improvements, and today's Tomahawk Lake is a treasure for the families that come here.

The 200 acre property, part of Sparta, Byram and Hopatcong townships, includes a large perimeter around the 25 acre lake, assuring contamination-free water and allowing spacious picnic and recreation areas. Two brooks, one from the top of the mountain and one from Seneca Lake, provide constant flow through Tomahawk during the summer. In winter, the lake is drained, depleting most all vestige of the season's growth. The result is weed-free, crystal clear water for the ultimate summer refreshment.

The first waterslide came to Tomahawk Lake in 1978; a 500 ft., two-flume affair and the longest of its day. Now a total of six slides includes a speed slide; a sled slide which shoots 100 ft. out over the lake; the 7 ft wide, double tube Rocky Mountain slide; and the Black Snake, a 54" enclosed tube that winds its way swiftly down a steep hill.
There is a large 200 ft. Kiddie Area with a variety of props for the under 4 set, including three kiddie slides, a Tarzan Swing, Lily Pads to walk on, a Tom Sawyer raft, and a splash fountain called Raindrop. Every move in this section- and all over the lake- is carefully surveyed by a team of 25 lifeguards.

For the more traditional, Tomahawk Lake provides an immaculate sand bottom (no concrete, no chlorine) that slopes gently out to floating rafts. Outside the swimming areas, you can enjoy rowboats, paddle boats, and kiddie & adult bumper boats. Back ashore you can visit a large refreshment stand, outdoor beer garden (with live weekend entertainment), an ice cream trailer, a novelty trailer, an arcade, an 18 hole miniature golf course, a putting green and a brand new ball field.

Eight hundred picnic tables inhabit lawns and groves throughout the park, and four spotless bathroom facilities are a quick walk from anywhere.

Tomahawk Lake provides an outstanding value for groups or large family reunions (50 people or more). Food prepared on site in the original 1857 farmhouse and served under large circus tents keeps guests happy eating all they want, all day long. Homemade donuts on arrival; homemade clam chowder at mid morning; hotdogs, burgers and salads for lunch; lemonade, birch beer, ice cream, cotton candy, and popcorn all afternoon; and freshly killed barbequed chicken with Jersey corn on the cob and ziti for supper.

Tomahawk Lake is a survivor; a classic summer place where you can bring your grill and do your own cooking. Or leave it all to a capable staff, knowing you have all the advantages of a family-run facility. The Wallaces are always there to make sure things are the way they're supposed to be.

For admission prices and information check the website or call the lake office at (973) 398-7777 or Group Sales at (973) 478-7490.

Tomahawk Lake is perfect for group functions!

Nearby accommodations and attractions

  • Windy Brow Farms
  • Pick your own apples through October with wagon rides on weekends; group tours weekdays. Homemade pies and baked goods, cider, local honey, jams, jellies, seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, and country decorations. Rt. 80 to 206 Springdale. Left on Rt. 618, right at blinker onto R. 519. 1/2 mile on right.

    359 Ridge Road, Newton 07860, 973/579-9657

  • Tall Timbers Seasonal Resort Community
  • Private campground community offering affordable vacations that include central water and sewage disposal, boating, hiking,fishing and planned activities throughout the summer for all ages. Located minutes from Mountain Creek and only 55 minutes from New York.

    100 Tall Timbers Rd, Sussex 07461, 888/589-8558

  • Ochs Orchard
  • Homegrown fruits and vegetables available when in season. Honey, peanut butter, jams and jellies, homemade hard and soft ice-cream. Cider made on site from Red Delicious for sweetness, Winesap for tang, McIntosh and Empire for body. Honey, peanut butter, jams and jellies, homemade hard and soft ice-cream. Market open June through January.

    4 Ochs Ln, Warwick 10990, 845/986-1591

  • Grey Towers
  • Cava Winery and Vineyard
  • Visit our tasting room and caf, with a bistro style menu to complement your wine. Hourly winery tours, weekend gatherings featuring live music. Or consider us as a host for any important social event.

    3619 Rt. 94, Hamburg 07419, 973.823.WINE (9463)



Candido Perez
14 Aug 2015, 18:09
We would like to have a large group around 100 people on Sunday the 16th of August
Cerene cruz
06 Aug 2014, 03:35
I am looking for a park to hold a family reunion anywhere from 20-50 people. We would rather have the facility cook food also please advise if there is parking for buses.
28 Jul 2014, 09:18
We are looking at doing a family reunion summer 2015. Need to understand breakdown of cost. We would like to cook our own food , is this possible? How do you do reservations?
25 Jun 2014, 05:49
Thinking of having a class reunion here July 2015. Please send all info both with you doing the catering or if we bring tbe food, etc. Also, what is the policy for alcohol? Thank you, Karen
Cynthia Brown
27 Apr 2013, 09:43
I'm plan a family reunion in July but would like to prefer for us to do the cooking but i need a place to do it and i was looking on your page and u give me more info about it. If u can send me more info in the mail 71 Linden Ave East Orange,NJ 07018 name is Cynthia Brown. Thank you
06 Jul 2012, 12:57
We LOVE the lake! Safe and fun! The staff at Tomahawk Lake is freindly and their first priority is safety! Great family day. The water, bathrooms, and beach is clea.
21 Jun 2012, 11:07
we have never been before and want to picnic with our own cooler, etc.can we sit at the lake and picnic there with our children? Do we just pay the lake admission and then figure it out from there? Are there chairs at the lake, or do we bring chairs and blankets? Please advise - our children are tweens! ty
peggy williams
25 Jan 2012, 16:33
my family reunion is in june and we would like to have it there. We had the pleasure of using your facility in the past and look forward to having it there in 2012 july 12 app 100 peopleplease send information. thankyou
janice wilson
23 Jul 2011, 08:58
I would like to have my grandaughters first birthday party and have never been there and need some information. Maybe about 25 - 30 people. do you have a kids birthday package and what that would entail..e.g food etc.. or are we able to grill and provide our own food etc and what that pricing would be as well. thanks so much. the party would be the 3rd of september
zorana deramus
20 Jul 2011, 17:09
do you have a group rate and if so what is the price. what is the admission and all day pass
29 Jun 2011, 08:20
We are interested in coming on Saturday for the day - we have never been before and want to picnic with our own cooler, etc. - can we sit at the lake and picnic there with our children? Do we just pay the lake admission and then figure it out from there? Are there chairs at the lake, or do we bring chairs and blankets? Please advise - our children are tweens!
Trina Murphy
17 Jan 2011, 13:12
I'm looking for prices in July and Aug 2011. What kind of packages do you have for groups of 50 and more people
Joeleen Dejesus
06 Aug 2010, 18:50
Hi, i am planning to celebrate my daughters 5th bday party i was thinking about your location however i do need some information... Do guest pay per car load or per person? am i able to reserve a tent close to where i can grill? and how far in advance do i need to reserve?, Please let me know asap i am looking to do it on 8/28 or 8/29.\r\nthanks again,\r\n Mrs. Dejesus
Debbie Councilor
11 May 2010, 06:01
Planning an engagment party of about 75 people. Just looking for a BBQ style party with kegs and burgers. This would be in Aug. Can you tell me if you have any dates open and the cost to me. \r\n\r\nThanks for you help,\r\nDebbie
Cindy Prestigiacomo
20 Jan 2010, 05:54
Please send information on booking a large birthday party. Thanks!
aqueelah rhodes
19 Jan 2010, 17:58
im interested in having a birthday party on july 22nd 2010! please send me rates & details! thanks
tim profeta
19 Jan 2010, 06:13
i would like reservation info for a family reunion, thanks for your help
rob walsh
18 Jan 2010, 18:52
planning on 30th reunion for Waldwick HS - want to have place for band, dancing and picnic - August or Early Sept. 2010. Please send info - would want to have kegs, bring in own food and have transportation to nearest nice hotel please send info,
cesar pallazhco
19 Jul 2009, 08:18
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