Union Lake in New Jersey

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A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

Union Lake is a massive, 5000 acre man-made lake located near historic Millville, NJ. Built from the Maurice River, the lake was constructed to provide power for the mills that used to be located within the city limits.

There is a large dam built at the east end of the lake. If you look closely along the length of it you'll find the old runs that were used to provide hydro power for the mills.

As you go west the lake changes from a large, open body of water to a tapering pond-like atmosphere that becomes a quiet, calm and tranquil area perfect for fishing or lounging.

There are a few islands located in the lake. They're nice places to stop and explore or camp out on. If you want to relax, these islands in the summertime are shady and usually have a nice breeze blowing through them.

This lake is busy on warm days and weekends. Be wary that the boat ramp may be a busy place and it's best to stay off to the left away from the dock during these days.


2-wide Boat ramp, ample parking


Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit required for using the boat ramp with a trailer. Otherwise no one will bother you if you want to put a canoe or kayak in the water. Just be mindful of the fishermen who use the ramp.


The lake's parking lot is accessible from Caramel Road in Millville. You can take 55 South and get off at Exit 27 for Millville. NJ 49 also runs through Millville as well.

Trip Details

  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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