|Newton Lake Drive, Collingswood, NJ |
Phone: (856) 216-2117
Camden County Parks
Open daily from dawn to dusk. Parking is along Newton Lake Drive, Lakeshore Drive and on adjacent streets. There is also parking at the boat ramp.
From the roadside at Saddler’s Woods, continue straight (West) on MacArthur Boulevard. Turn Left at the “T” intersection onto West Cuthbert Boulevard. Make the first Right onto Lees Lane. After 0.3 miles, park along the roadside at Newton Lake Park.
DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY: From I-295, take exit 28 and head North on Route 168/Black Horse Pike. After 1.5 miles, turn Right onto Nicholson Road. After 1.1 miles, turn Left onto Route 30/White Horse Pike. After 1 mile turn Right onto Newton Lake Drive, and then Right into the parking area for Newton Lake Park. Map
New Jersey Transit Bus Lines No. 403 Camden/Lindenwold Patco/Turnersville stops at Route 30 & Newton Avenue. Walk a short distance on Route 30. New Jersey Transit Bus Lines No. 450 Cherry Hill Mall/Audubon/Camden and No. 400 Sicklerville/Philadelphia stops at Collings Road & Mt. Ephraim Avenue. Walk 1 block on Newton Avenue and turn Right on Richey Avenue. Walk 1 block on Richey Avenue and turn Left on Eldridge Avenue. Walk 3 blocks on Eldridge Avenue and turn Right on Champion Avenue. Walk 1 block on Champion Avenue and turn Left on Collings Avenue. Walk 3 blocks on Collings Avenue. All walking distances are less than 1 mile.
|This is a very pretty and well cared-for park with over 2 miles of paved paths on the lake’s perimeter, and some benches along the way. The ability to park along most of the lake’s northern periphery makes it easy to explore by car or by foot. During migration seasons, the lake attracts waterfowl, wading birds, songbirds, and occasional raptors.
Kayaking or canoeing this meandering, serpentine lake can be a great way to look and listen for wildlife, especially on a spring morning.
As long as the lakes are not completely frozen, look for gulls, Canada Geese, Mallards and Black Ducks, and at times a Common Merganser or Ring-necked Duck. A Bald Eagle might drop in from time to time.
Watch for migrant waterfowl in March. Get out early and look for Neotropical migrant birds in April and especially in May.
The lake is popular with anglers this time of year, when largemouth bass are plentiful. Summer resident birds include Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, and Baltimore Oriole in addition to the year-round resident birds. Great blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, and an occasional Green-backed Heron forage along the lake edges. Southbound neotropical migration begins in late August.
Scan the trees for southbound migrants in September. Winter resident birds such as White-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco arrive.
: The southeastern corner contains a ten-acre area of old growth forest, known as Lee’s Lane Woods. There are some rudimentary trails in it. Definitely worth a visit by a birder, especially during migration season. Three fishing piers provide convenient viewpoints on the lake.