Rapids and Waterfall, Boonton Gorge, Rockaway River, Boonton NJ

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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The Rockaway River flows through flat plains of Denville and Boonton Township. At this point elevation is 480 feet (150 m) above sea level. The Rockaway River spills over a man made dam that is six feet high in the town of Boonton. This is the beginning of the Boonton Gorge. This location is the Grace Lord Park at this point. This is where the Rockaway River begins its descent over the Ramapo Fault.

The river flows over rocks then cascades over this thirty foot waterfall (the top of which is in my photo above) into an oval shaped pool of water with a rock in the center. This pool is about fifty yards long and was a swimming hole until a local ordinance prohibited swimming in 1990.

Before the Jersey City Reservoir was built, a dam was built on the Rockaway River in the late 1920s. The rapids would have continued for another half mile. The rapids would have stopped in Parsippany. At this point the elevation is two hundred twenty feet above sea level. Before the dam was built, the river dropped a total of two hundred sixty feet in a mile and a half.

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