Lake Loop offers participants a chance to get moving, have fun, and raise funds to support a healthy community and a healthy Lake Hopatcong. 


Choose your challenge!

Join us on Sunday, October 6 for our annual recreation event at Hopatcong State Park! The scenic bike rides and paddle return, and new this year, in place of a 5K trail run, we’re organizing an interactive hike, exploring the trails in and around Hopatcong State Park. Routes coming soon. Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing!

  • 62-mile bike ride
  • 40-mile bike ride
  • 20-mile bike ride
  • 2.5-mile paddle
  • Hike the HSP trails

The cost to register for cycling and paddling is $35. Hiking is $20. On September 3, prices increase to $50 and $35, respectively. Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing! Included in your registration is a t-shirt (guaranteed only if you register by September 3!) and a finish line party of lunch, refreshments, and live music. All pre-registered participants are also entered in a prize drawing – just for pre-registering!

Get active, have fun, and raise funds for a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and community!


While fundraising is not a participation requirement, fundraisers are eligible to win some sweet prizes (prize announcement coming soon!). When you register, a fundraising page will be automatically set up and sent to you via email, which you can share with friends, family, coworkers – anyone and everyone who will support your ride, hike, or paddle! You can also check the fundraising standings anytime by clicking “Fundraise” below.


Tips for all participants
  • The Lake Loop is a rain-or-shine event; however, should the event need to be adjusted or cancelled due to severe/dangerous weather, all registrants will receive an email on Friday.
  • We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes ahead of your event, to allow time to park, check in, and collect your event swag.
  • Mass start times are scheduled so that all participants will finish the Lake Loop at (approximately) the same time. We strongly suggest being on time for your mass start, to ensure you can safely enjoy your activity and be back in time for lunch and prizes.
  • Courses will close 30 minutes after each start time
  • The registration/check-in table will be staffed starting at 7:15 am. Onsite registration is available, but pre-registration is highly encouraged (pre-registrants are entered in drawings for prizes). Pre-registration will end Friday, October 4.
  • Please see the drop downs below for more tips for each event!

    Thanks to our partner, Cycle Craft, we offer three exciting bike routes!

    The 20-mile cycling course takes you over rolling terrain that, as the name Lake Loop suggests, loops the lake and offers views best appreciated from a bicycle. This course is great for experienced cyclists, weekend warriors, and riders looking to pace themselves alike.

    For experienced cyclists looking for more of a challenge, the 40- and 62-mile courses include hilly extensions north of the lake, through the towns of Sparta and Ogdensburg. They feature their own awesome views, as you travel over streams, around forested preserves, and through town centers. 

    The Lake Loop is not a race - and e-bikes are welcome! 

    Age restrictions

    While we do not have age restrictions in place for our rides, due to the nature of the courses, which include busy intersections, tricky turns, and some strenuous hills, they are NOT recommended for riders younger than 16 years old, and those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Info and tips for cyclists
    • A contact number for the Support And Gear (SAG) Vehicle will be provided.
    • To ensure all participants have been accounted for, we ask cyclists to “check out” post-ride at the same table where they checked in.
    • To accommodate those who might need a little extra time to complete their ride, 20 milers may start with the 40 milers, and both may start with the 62 milers.
    • Cyclists will be required to sign one additional waiver, which you can print, sign, and bring with you to save time. 
    • Riders under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult; the course is not recommended for those younger than 16 years old.
    • Helmets must be worn and we ask all cyclists to follow proper passing etiquette.
    • This is not a race! Enjoy your ride, take in the views, challenge yourself on hill climbs, but above all, use caution. The roads around the lake can be narrow and winding, the turns sharp – but the feeling when you finish can’t be beat!

    Hopatcong State Park and the nearby Morris Canal Towpath offer scenic hiking opportunities, and our hike will be interactive via the Outerspacial app. Hike route and details coming soon!


    Paddle around the lake on a 2.5-mile course.  Push off and experience the peaceful beauty of Lake Hopatcong. The course will be marked and patrolled for a safe and fun day of paddling. Participants may use their own kayaks/paddleboards/canoes at their own risk.  Life jackets are required for all paddling participants. Tandem kayaks are welcome, however, each participant must be registered.

    We have partnered with Ramsey Outdoor again this year and a limited number of kayaks will be available for rent during the registration process. If you rent, your kayak will be on the beach ready to go when you arrive.


    Info and tips for paddlers

    The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is an organization that promotes the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and as such, requires them to be worn as part of our event. Thank you for helping us promote a safer lake!

    All minors must be accompanied by an adult on the water.

    Boat wash stations will be placed near the launch for a quick wipe-down, which helps prevent the introduction of invasive species to our lake.

    The course follows a series of yellow buoys, clockwise, out to Bertrand Island, around King Cove, and back to the State Park. Several course marshals will be on the water to provide guidance and assistance.

    Two NJ State Police safety boats will be patrolling the course to help any paddler in distress.

    We ask all paddlers to check in and check out at the water (in addition to checking in at registration) to help us ensure all paddlers come off the water safely.

  • FAQs

    Is the Lake Loop a triathlon?

    No, the Lake Loop offers participants different options for getting active and supporting a healthy and vibrant Lake Hopatcong through their registration and fundraising.

    Can I sign-up for multiple activities?

    No, participants are asked to choose one activity from a choice of cycling, hiking, or paddling.

    Is the Lake Loop timed?

    The Lake Loop is not a race and is therefore not timed, however, many participants time themselves via fitness apps, and there is a Lake Loop Strava Club where one can see how their participation measures up!

    How much is registration and what’s included?

    Cycling and paddling are $35 and hiking is $20. Prices increase by $15 after Labor Day! Registration includes a t-shirt (guaranteed if you register by Labor Day), lunch, and live music.

    Can I register the day of the event?

    Yes, participants can register onsite but will miss the opportunity to win fundraising and pre-registration prizes.

    Where do I park?

    All parking is at Hopatcong State Park. A volunteer will be available to assist you at the front gate.

    Do I have to fundraise to participate?

    Fundraising is not required to participate, however, proceeds from the event support the Lake Hopatcong Foundation's efforts toward a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and surrounding community. And, through the generosity of our sponsors, there are some amazing prizes as incentives for fundraising (list coming soon)!  

    Are there any age restrictions?

    No, there are no age restrictions for the Lake Loop; however, minors must be accompanied by an adult, and we do not recommend the cycling routes for individuals younger than sixteen years of age. For those renting kayaks from us, we do not carry life jackets for individuals less than 90 lbs.

    Is the event rain or shine?

    The Lake Loop is rain or shine, however, if the weather forecast is severe or dangerous (hurricane, all-day thunderstorms, driving rains, etc.) and we are forced to adjust the timing of the event or cancel, an email will go out to all participants on Friday. Participants will have the option to request a refund or donate their registration fees, and swag will be made available for pick-up.

    Will a Support and Gear (SAG) Vehicle be made available for cyclists?

    Yes, if you experience a mechanical issue, breakdown, or cannot complete the route and need to reach the SAG vehicle, a number will be provided before the start of the event. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

    Where can I find the cycling/paddling/hiking routes?

    A GPS route and downloadable cue sheets of the cycling as well as an overall map of the paddling and 5K course will be available soon.

    How are the courses marked?

    The cycling routes are marked with road paint. 62-mile = orange; 40-mile = pink; 20-mile = green. Tricky turns and major intersections will also have directional lawn signs, to help cyclists stay on track.

    The paddling route is marked with yellow buoys meant to be followed clockwise back to the State Park.

    The running route is marked with directional lawn signs and cheerleaders to help guide participants.

    Are life jackets mandatory?

    All paddlers must wear a PFD (personal flotation device), which they are expected to bring unless they rent from Ramsey Outdoor.

    Is the park (and boat ramp) open to the public during the event? 

    Yes, the park and its amenities will be open to the public. Participants are advised to watch out for others while on the trails, and while paddling near the boat launch.

    What time does lunch start?

    Lunch will be available from 11 am -1 pm.

    Is the event dog friendly?

    Yes, Hopatcong State Park and the Lake Loop are dog-friendly, however, dogs must be leashed and are NOT allowed on the beach.


    Sponsorship opportunities coming soon! Call Caitlin at 973-663-2500, if you have questions about sponsoring the event.


    Volunteer registration coming soon! Call Kari at 973-663-2500 if you have questions about the event or volunteering.


    7:15 am Registration Open: Bagels, Bananas, and Coffee Available

    8:00 am 62-Mile Bike Start 

    9:00 am 40-Mile Bike Start

    9:30 am 20-Mile Bike Start

    10:00 am 2.5-mile Paddle Start

    10:30 am Hike start

    11:00 am Lunch and Live Music Begins

    Noon Raffle and Fundraising Winners Announced 


    Lake Loop is not a timed event, however, participants are welcome to time themselves (and often do)! Check out our Lake Loop community on Strava, a popular app for tracking your activity.


Thank you to our 2024 Lake Loop Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors 



Health & Wellness Sponsors
Activity Sponsors


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