Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Mountain Lakes highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°53′14″N 74°26′27″W / 40.88722°N 74.44083°W / 40.88722; -74.44083Coordinates: 40°53′14″N 74°26′27″W / 40.88722°N 74.44083°W / 40.88722; -74.44083
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Morris
Incorporated April 29, 1924
 - Type Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)
 - Mayor Charles Gormally
 - Manager Barry R. Lewis, Jr.[2]
 - Total 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 - Land 2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation[3] 499 ft (152 m)
Population (2007)[4]
 - Total 4,276
 - Density 1,593.0/sq mi (615.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07046
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 34-48480[5]
GNIS feature ID 0885310[6]

Mountain Lakes is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 4,256.

Mountain Lakes was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 3, 1924, from portions of Boonton Township and Hanover Township, subject to the results of a referendum passed on April 29, 1924.[7]



Mountain Lakes is located at 40°53′14″N 74°26′27″W / 40.887349°N 74.440819°W / 40.887349; -74.440819 (40.887349, -74.440819).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3 square miles (7.5 km2), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.9 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2) of it (7.61%) is water.

Part of The Tourne county park is in Mountain Lakes.

The man-made lakes in Mountain Lakes are: Birchwood Lake, Crystal Lake, Mountain Lake, Sunset Lake, Wildwood Lake, and Cove Lake. It is only legal to swim in Birchwood Lake, and Mountain Lake in the areas that are roped off. You may swim between the hours of 5 am to 10 PM every day between the months of June and August with a Beach Badge purchased at the Borough Hall.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 2,132
1940 2,205 3.4%
1950 2,806 27.3%
1960 4,037 43.9%
1970 4,739 17.4%
1980 4,153 −12.4%
1990 3,847 −7.4%
2000 4,256 10.6%
Est. 2007 4,276 [4] 0.5%
Population 1930 - 1990.[9]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,256 people, 1,330 households, and 1,186 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,593.0 people per square mile (615.4/km2). There were 1,357 housing units at an average density of 507.9 per square mile (196.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.05% White, 0.38% African American, 5.17% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 1,330 households out of which 53.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.3% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.8% were non-families. 9.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.41.

In the borough the population was spread out with 35.7% under the age of 18, 3.1% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

As of 2009, the median income for the borough was $182,828.


Local government

Mountain Lakes operates under the Faulkner Act (Council-Manager) form of municipal government.[1] The Borough Council of the Borough of Mountain Lakes consists of seven elected officials. Council Members are elected for four-year terms on a staggered basis from the population at large in partisan elections. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen from within the Council by the members of the Council at a Reorganization meeting held each year during the first week in January.

As of 2011, members of the Mountain Lakes Borough Council are Mayor Charles Gormally, Deputy Mayor Dan Happer, Blair Bravo, George Jackson and Stephen Shaw.[10]

Federal, state and county representation

Mountain Lakes is in the 11th Congressional district. New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Mountain Lakes is in the 25th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Anthony Bucco (R, Boonton) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Michael Patrick Carroll (R, Morris Plains) and Tony Bucco (R, Boonton).[11]

Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[12] As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton),[13] Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township),[14] Gene F. Feyl (Denville),[15] Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills),[16] Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville),[17] John J. Murphy (Morris Township)[18] and Margaret Nordstrom (Washington Township).[19][20]


Mountain Lakes is roughly split between Republicans and Democrats. In the 2008 Presidential Election, Democrat Barack Obama received 49.226% of the vote, defeating Republican John McCain, who received around 49.059%. In the 2009 Gubernatorial Election, Republican Chris Christie received 57% of the vote, defeating Democrat Jon Corzine, who received around 32%.


The Mountain Lakes Schools serve public school students in pre-k through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2008-09 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[21]) are Wildwood School for grades K-5 (487 students), Briarcliff School for grades 6-8 (306 students) and Mountain Lakes High School for grades 9-12 (713 students). Students from Boonton Township attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[22] The school was the 9th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 4th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[23] Lake Drive School (128 students) serves as a regional school for deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through high school, with students from nearly 100 communities in twelve New Jersey counties.

Mountain Lakes is also home to The Craig School, a private coeducational day school serving students in third through twelfth grade. The school has an enrollment of 160 students split between the Lower School (grades 3-8), located in Mountain Lakes, and the Upper School (grades 9-12), in Lincoln Park.

Popular culture

The borough's police department was featured on an episode of the Discovery Channel show It Takes a Thief.

The movie Wrestling with Alligators was also filmed there in 1998.

The town was named in an episode of The Sopranos, when Tony Soprano's Uncle Junior tells an embarrassing story about Tony's high school baseball team losing to Mountain Lakes.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Mountain Lakes include:

Places of interest

  • Grimes Homestead, 18th century historic home that served as a way station on the Underground Railroad


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 116.
  2. ^ Borough Manager, Borough of Mountain Lakes. Accessed March 31, 2011.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borough of Mountain Lakes, Geographic Names Information System, accessed November 6, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Census data for Mountain Lakes borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 28, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 195.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ Mountain Lakes Borough Council, Borough of Mountain Lakes. Accessed March 31, 2011.
  11. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  12. ^ What is a Freeholder?, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  13. ^ William J. Chegwidden, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  14. ^ Douglas R. Cabana, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  15. ^ Gene F. Feyl, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  16. ^ Ann F. Grossi, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  17. ^ Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  18. ^ John J. Murphy, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  19. ^ Margaret Nordstrom, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  20. ^ Meet the Freeholders, Morris County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  21. ^ Data for the Mountain Lakes Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 31, 2011.
  22. ^ Mountain Lakes High School 2010 School Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Mountain Lakes High School is a 9th through 12th grade school which serves the communities of Mountain Lakes and Boonton Township."
  23. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 31, 2011.
  24. ^ Brigadier General Frederick Walker Castle, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Accessed August 19, 2007. "Brigadier General Castle was born October 14, 1908 at Fort McKinley, Manila, Philippines, during the first foreign service tour of his father, the late Colonel Benjamin Frederick Castle then in Tientsin, China, Washington, D.C., Paris, and finally in Mountain Lakes, NJ where the family resided for many years after World War I."
  25. ^ Guliti, Tom. "Lou bids farewell to Friesen", The Record (Bergen County), September 27, 2005. Accessed October 28, 2008.
  26. ^ Steering Committee Biographies, accessed May 9, 2007. "Born and raised in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Freeland received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College in 1963 and a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968."

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