Lake Garrison

849 Buck Rd, Monroeville, NJ
(856) 248-3546

Elk Township
Gloucester County

Hey, this summer isn’t over yet!!! Here’s another great place to take the kids… And a great alternative so you don’t have to sit in traffic to go “down the shore.” Especially on a hot & humid day!

Lake Garrison at Sunset

Lake Garrison located on Route #553 in Elk Township represents in reality what began as a man’s dream. Mr. and Mrs. John Garrison operated a grocery store in Pitman, N.J. On his business travels from Pitman to Elmer, Mr. Garrison would pass a huge cranberry bog on a site called Kindall`s Sawmill. Mrs. Josie Feltman, a lake resident for almost 41 years, recalls that Mr.Garrison told of one night having a dream where he made a beautiful lake from that cranberry bog.

He bought the land from E. Ireland of Woodbury and moved there with his wife Cora and two daughters, Leona and Evelyn. In May 1935, Decoration Day the lake was officially opened. John Garrison built all the existing log cabins that are around the lake. The Garrison family owned the lake for 11 years and after Mr. Garrison`s death in 1944 the property was sold in 1947 to the Garrison Lake Stockholders Corp.


Enjoy swimming, boating, basketball, a playground, and a snack stand with an arcade. For over 40-plus years, families have enjoyed their day at Lake Garrison. The water is clean, the people are friendly and it’s just a relaxing place to enjoy a hot summer day! It’s one of my favorites in the area!

Until our next adventure, my friends!

The Yummygal

6 thoughts on “Lake Garrison

  1. Seems it has been opened a lot more than 40 years. I am 70. I remember going there as a child for Sunday School picnics. One of the few lakes in the area that is open to the public.

    • I am going to be 80 this October and I remember going to Lake Garrison in the summer when I was 9 or 10,
      maybe younger. So I know it is at least been there for 70 years. My Uncle Walt Connine had a cottage there,
      and a kyack. I use to love paddling all over Lake Garrison in it. I have not been there for years, I think I need to take the time to visit there again, since it is open to the public. I wonder if they still swim in the lake?
      I know they did back in the 40’s.

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  3. I also remember going to Garrison Lake in the summer. I know we went at least once a week the year we lived in Bridgeton. So I know that that was 1947 or 1948. I think we went before that but a couple of years later, my aunt and uncle built a house on Taunton Lake and then we went swimming there all the time.

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