An interesting feature of the lake is the one lane road that passes over the dam, giving a view down into "the Glen", a steep sided ravine which is maintained as a park. There are rare tiger salamanders and native ferns. Marine fossils have occasionally been found in the Glen and on properties surrounding the lake. An undeveloped area near the southern end of the lake has long been believed to contain an Indian burial ground.
The Lenni-Lenape lived in the area of Pines Lake prior to European settlement. Stone mounds and other signs of them are visible in the forests and undeveloped areas around Pines Like.
Despite its name, there are very few natural pine trees around Pines Lake. The area is mostly forested in black oak, white oak, and red oak along with flowering dogwoods and American beech. There are groves of mature Eastern hemlocks that may have been mistaken for pine trees. The Glen is forested with mature oaks, hemlocks, and beech, including American sycamores along the stream banks.
Pines Lake has several community beaches on the lake and an active community life, centered around swimming, tennis, and sailboating. One such beach is the Sunny Ridge Beach, at the foot of Sunny Ridge Road, which serves residents in the immediate vicinity. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, sunfish, and Northern pike--although seasonal partial drainings of the lake during winter for dam maintenance have damaged fishing. The lake supports flocks of mallards, coots, swans and other ducks, herons, and waterfowl. On the weekend nearest July 4 each year a community celebration is held, including the "Baby" Parade -- a costume parade for children walking, on decorated bicycles, and on home made floats -- culminating in a beachside picnic.
Nancy Gilmore leaving the Pines Lake School in Wayne on Tuesday with her 4-year-old son, Luke, after voting in the Board of Education election.
Apr 18, 2001; The Record (Bergen County, NJ) 04-18-2001 Nancy Gilmore leaving the Pines Lake School in Wayne on Tuesday with her 4-year-oldson,...
Golden Lake joins growing list of `impaired waters'; Problems in a Circle Pines lake are becoming more typical in suburban waters as development booms in those areas.(NORTH)
Apr 05, 2006; Byline: Sarah McCann; Staff Writer Golden Lake in Circle Pines used to be a great place to swim or fish. But in recent years...