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Preserving the Legacy of 2000-2003

Stirling Lake

A new float and lane lines were added
for the 2001 season
Long Hill Township has a public lake in Stirling where you can swim and play on the beach in summer, and ice-skate in winter.

Stirling Lake Park
Chestnut Street, Stirling

The pristine outdoor setting makes this facility a perfect place for the whole family to spend their summer days.  The facility is staffed by fully certified lifeguards.  Enjoy the summer with swimming, diving, picnics, sun and fun.  Parking, rest rooms and a concession stand are available. 
Stirling Lake Sign   

Stirling Lake opens Saturday, May 25, 2013 and will be open Memorial Day weekend, and every weekend in June from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  After schools close, the lake is open daily (weather conditions permitting) 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  The playground and picnic area are open 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  The entire Stirling Lake park is CLOSED 9:00 PM to 9:00 AM.

Finding Stirling Lake:  On Central Avenue in Stirling travel 2 blocks north of the railroad, then turn into Chestnut Street OPPOSITE the First Presbyterian Church.

Parking:  There is no parking on Chestnut Street.  Continue up Chestnut Street past the Lake to the next left at High Street.  Follow High Street and watch for an unmarked driveway on your left.  Then turn downhill to the Parking Lot.  You can also enter High Street directly from Central Avenue one block below Long Hill Road.  Then watch for the driveway on your right.

Beach & Swimming Opens May 26 (weekends only through the end of school) and closes September 2, 2013.
Daily hours: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  Do not swim unless a lifeguard is on duty !  Children under 12 must always be accompanied by a parent !  The Lake Staff are not babysitters.

Residents should purchase season badges at Town Hall after May 1.  The Badge Application Form is here.

Daily badges are for guests, who must always be accompanied by a member.  Daily badges can be purchased at the lake.

ALWAYS OBEY THE LIFEGUARD.  The Lake rules are posted on the bulletin board.  Please read them.
Swimming Lessons Contact the Lake Director  Watch the Recreation Notices page for details.
Ice Skating As Posted.  Watch the Recreation Notices page for details.
Playground Facilities Available all year
Adult Beach Volleyball
  • Wednesday 7:00 - 10:00 PM.  Non-Competitive.  Improve your Skills
  • Free.  No registration.  Just show up.
The volleyball court is available for personal use.   Reservation fee in effect. 
Arts and Crafts
Organized Games
Every Day.  See the posted schedule.
Fishing Derby Held in the spring at the pond next to Stirling Lake.  Open to boys and girls through 5th grade.
Visit the Fishing Derby page for details.
Beach Dance Two dances a year are held at Stirling Lake, open to 6th - 8th grade students.  DJ, refreshments.  7:30 PM - 10:00 PM.  $4.00 at the door.  Get permission slip at schools or the Lake or print it here.
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Pavillion The pavillion is available for private parties.   Reservation fee in effect. 
Badge prices are listed on the Badge Application Form.
Badges go on sale May 1, 2013.
The Fishing Pond
DID YOU KNOW that through mid-July 2002, the town sold 1322 season badges to Stirling Lake?

DID YOU KNOW that the west pond is filled by rainwater runoff from the side of Long Hill, but the main lake is filled with water from our own well.  Using well water helps protect swimmers from the risks of surface pollutants.  There is no water flow between the pond and the lake.

DID YOU KNOW that geese (and geese droppings) were a serious problem at Stirling Lake until we hired a goose control service?  Sometimes they destroy the eggs in the geeses' nests, and then the geese have no reason to stay around all summer.  Other times, they use trained border collies to intimidate the geese into leaving.  Read about goose control on this NJ Department of Environmental Protection webpage.

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