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Strawbridge Lake Park – Stop & Scan


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440 South Church Street, Moorestown, NJ
Phone: (856) 235-6344
www.moorestown.com/community/strawbridge/

OWNER:  Township of Moorestown

DIRECTIONS:  From Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area, turn Left on Creek Road. After 0.7 miles, turn Right on Bortons Landing Road. At the 3rd traffic light, turn Right onto East Main Street, Route 41. After 2.0 miles Main street becomes Kings Highway, Route 41. After 0.8 miles turn Left onto Haines Drive. Multiple parking areas for Strawbridge Lake are on the Right along Haines Drive.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY:  From I-295, take exit 40B, to Route 38 West. Proceed on Route 38 for 2 miles and turn Right on CR 607/Church Street and then turn Left immediately onto Haines Drive. Parking areas are on the Left along the lake.   Map

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ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to 10:00 p.m. This park is located between Haines Drive and Kings Highway. The Haines Drive entrance is one way, so begin here to drive through the whole park. If traveling from Kings Highway through the park, the road becomes one way about ¾ of the way in the wrong direction, so do not proceed further. This lake has been listed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) as a water quality-limited water body, so catch and release fishing is recommended.

A CLOSER LOOK:  Restoring Strawbridge Lake: Since being listed as a water-quality limited water body, NJDEP has been making efforts to bring Strawbridge Lake back to a healthier state. More than 4,000 feet of eroding shoreline were stabilized using soil bioengineering techniques, which created a vegetative buffer, along with a "no mowing zone," along the lake's edge. The buffer ranged in width from 10 to 20 feet. Easy access areas, which were interspersed throughout the project, were created along the shoreline using red gravel bordered by large, flat stones. A total of 240 linear feet of shoreline was treated in this manner. In addition to the shoreline restoration, biofilter wetlands (pocket wetlands) were constructed in the park area to treat seven storm water discharges into the lake.

SITE DESCRIPTION:  Even though this site is in an urban area, the amount of interesting flora and fauna that can be observed is pleasantly surprising, and all within scanning distance from the parking areas. The water's edge is chock full of wildflowers of many different species through the seasons. There is also an abundance of dragonflies and damselflies patrolling the shoreline as well as an interesting mix of common and not so common birds. There are sections which have attention grabbing trees with interesting shapes and patterns and unusual species like Dawn Redwoods. Another area has 2 bears sculpted from granite.

DON'T MISS:  Not to be missed are two extra large and photogenic river birch trees in the second section on the sharp bend after entering from Haines Drive.

THROUGH THE SEASONS:  
Winter:  The winter season is a good time to see Common Mergansers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, and Dark-eyed Juncos The shoreline trees and shrubs are a good place to search for overwintering moths like the polyphemus, hanging in their off-white cocoons near the edge of branches. The many smaller trees can be looked over for birds nest's, usually at eye level.
Spring:  Spring brings a delightful variety of wildflowers like the forget-me-not's. Look for the first damselflies like the sparkling and ebony Jewelwings, slender spreadwing, aurora damsel, skimming and New England bluets, as well as common and springtime darners. Eastern painted turtles can be spotted if one pays attention. Keep your eyes and ears out for green, bull, and leopard frogs.
Summer:  Summer brings a pleasant assortment of wildflowers such as the oxeye sunflower, creeping water primrose, white beardtongue, swamp rose, marsh and yellow mallows, bittersweet nightshade and wild bergamot. Birds such as the Great Blue Heron and Wood Thrush can be seen as well as basking red-bellied turtles. This is the best time to look for dragonflies and damselflies. There are two small bridges near the western end of the park that pass near a small but productive frog pond.
Fall:  Coneflowers, various wild and cultivated species, are located near the last parking area and are particularly nice in September. There are tall flat-topped asters and various coneflowers. There are a few very large red oak trees that attract a flurry of squirrel nut gathering activity. Keep your eye out for some of the later flying dragonflies like the autumn meadowhawk, common green darner, shadow darner, and possibly the green-striped darner.


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