Lake Hopatcong is a New Jersey Transit station in the Landing section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey, United States. It sits at the intersection of Landing Road and Lakeside Boulevard, today, the station consists of low-level asphalt platforms on either side of the tracks, with a shelter on the Hackettstown-bound platform and 96 free parking spaces. It is the simplest of at least three structures that have served rail passengers at the site for more than a century, the station serves trains on the Morristown Line and the Montclair-Boonton Line, with service to Hoboken Terminal. The railroad tracks through Landing were first laid in 1854 by the Morris and Essex Railroad, the right-of-way parallelled the three-decade-old Morris Canal past Lake Hopatcong, the canals leading source of water. At 900 feet about sea level, it was the highest point on the canal, which flowed downhill to the Delaware River to the west and the Hudson River to the east, and on the M&E railroad. That began to change in 1882, when the Central Railroad of New Jersey opened a station further up the lake and proved that there was money in direct passenger service to a promising vacation spot. Around 1886, the first station in Landing was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the small depot and platforms were sandwiched between the tracks and the canal, requiring most passengers to enter and depart via the steel, cable-stayed Landing Road Bridge. This arrangement, however, did allow passengers to move easily between trains and the steamboats that would take them to lakeshore destinations, a steamboat company, the Black Line, was founded that same year by the same financial syndicate that owned the Lackawanna Railway and the Morris Canal. The station also prompted one of several manmade reshapings of Lake Hopatcong, by 1906 or so, several factors led the DL&W to plan a new station. First, the summer tourist trade was growing as visitors flocked to the lake. Second, the railroad was preparing to begin one of the most ambitious mainline construction projects in the world, so in 1910, as work proceeded on the Cut-Off, the DL&W began building a new station at Landing. The main building was of native stone with cement trimming. Its oak interior had an office, waiting room and baggage room. The station itself cost $28,500 and the railroad was said to have spent $75,000 to build the accompanying structures, the new station opened on May 28,1911, six months before the first trains rolled on the Cut-Off. The elevated walkways rendered the old bridge completely redundant, and it was eventually demolished, in the 1920s, the DL&Ws station became the preeminent rail link to Lake Hopatcong, surpassing the CNJs station at Nolans Point. But change was afoot, In 1924, the canal was closed, its cargo business long gone to railroads. Within five years, much of the canal was filled with new structures, in 1956, the DL&W merged with the Erie Railroad and the Lake Hopatcong station and tracks passed to the new Erie Lackawanna. In 1976, the station and tracks passed to Conrail, which sold off the stone depot
Lake Hopatcong station in December 2014, looking north toward Bridge 44.53.
A 1911 postcard view of the brand-new station. The Morris Canal runs along the southern edge of the Scranton-bound platform.
December 2014 photo of the former station depot now used by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation.