The central region of the Pine Barrens contains several areas of pine and oak forest that resemble the surrounding forests with one major exception: from a standing position, one can gaze over the top of the tree canopy. The Pine Barren Plains, known locally as the Pygmy Forest, contains trees that may attain a height of only about four feet at maturity. New Jersey contains the world's largest acreage of this globally rare forest community, which can be seen within portions of Penn State Forest. Many researchers believe that this unique stunted forest ecosystem is partly the result of the fire ecology of the Pinelands. (from Department of Environmental Protection)
Created to water local cranberry bogs, Oswego Lake offers 92 acres of paddling pine barrens beauty. You will pass one of Rutgers University Blueberry and Cranberry Field Research Centers on your way to this remote lake. The lake resides in Penn State Park, one of the many thatmake up the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
One could easily paddle for 1.5 - 2 hours on this lake which averages 5 feet in depth. Usually, we paddle straight across to the dam to reach the Oswego River and paddle to Harrisville Pond.