Highland Lakes

Country Club and Community Association

LAKES ARE NOW OPEN w/Additional Guidance – UPDATED August 24, 2022

LAKE 2 (Main Lake) IS NOW OPEN for all recreational use including swimming, wading, fishing and boating.

The Lake Health Notice released on August 17, 2022 indicated that the lakes cannot be fully reopened until two consecutive tests indicate cyanobacteria levels are below the NJDEP Watch level. We recently received clarification from NJDEP that the ‘two consecutive tests’ protocol for reopening applies only when lake/beach closure was by order of the Health Department. NJDEP HAB Alerts are for public awareness and recommendations only. They recommend, but do not require that lakes be closed to certain recreational uses.

Despite the above clarification, the temporary closure was done out of an abundance of caution and we continue to believe it was necessary and appropriate for public health and safety reasons. Because lake treatment and subsequent rains have significantly improved water quality, the lakes are now open subject to the additional guidance provided herein.

Consistent with the above, Lake 4 is also open to boating and fishing (catch and release) without limitation.  Swimming, wading, ingesting water or fish and permitting pets in the water are also permitted, but not recommended.

Also, please be reminded that although cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) always has the potential to create cyanotoxins, no toxins were found to be present in recent test samples from Lake 2 and Lake 4. Testing and treatment will continue as needed and updates will be provided when appropriate.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Click here for additional information from the NJDEP’s HAB webpage.

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