taken June 15, 2012
Monksville Reservoir, known for its trophy size muskellunge, walleye, bass and trout, sits atop the defunct community of Monksville, New Jersey.
Construction of the reservoir was started in 1985. Land was cleared and gravel was crushed on site and stock-piled. Approximately 15 residences, mostly owned by the Rhinesmith and Vreeland families, were purchased with NJ Green Acres funding and their owners relocated. Two homes of historic significance were moved, the others were demolished. One business, Duramic, was relocated and its building demolished.
Stonetown Road was realigned to run over the dam. The Monksville dam is approximately .4 miles long. A portion of Greenwood Lake Turnpike was realigned to higher ground.
On the one end of the reservoir there is a road that runs right into the water from an old road that ran through the town that is now under the water.
It is rumored that all of the buildings still stand at the bottom of the 100 foot deep body of water. It is even rumored that Jacques Cousteau took his mini sub in there, although I have not been able to confirm anything other than he did enter a sunken town in Jersey with it during the mid 1980’s, but there’s no evidence that it was Monksville.