Deal Lake, New Jersey, USA

The largest freshwater coastal lake in New Jersey, Deal Lake is composed of a unique series of shallow ponds and channels clustered together — as opposed to a typical, single-bodied structure. Located in the middle of Monmouth County, its long, thin fingers touch seven municipalities: the Allenhurst, Deal, and Interlaken boroughs; Loch Arbour Village; the City of Asbury Park, and Neptune and Ocean townships. Deal Lake’s 158-acre surface area is – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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Looking for Deal Lake cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore more of our favorite travel partners.

All About Deal Lake

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The largest freshwater coastal lake in New Jersey, Deal Lake is composed of a unique series of shallow ponds and channels clustered together — as opposed to a typical, single-bodied structure. Located in the middle of Monmouth County, its long, thin fingers touch seven municipalities: the Allenhurst, Deal, and Interlaken boroughs; Loch Arbour Village; the City of Asbury Park, and Neptune and Ocean townships.

Deal Lake’s 158-acre surface area is covered in beautiful lily pads and fallen trees that serve to attract shallow-dwelling fish. Extremely superficial depths (90% of the lake is between three and four feet deep), create fruitful conditions for deal bass, carp, largemouth bass and migrating herring. Additionally, Deal Lake’s proximity to the saline waters of the Atlantic Ocean — into which it drains — allows for saltwater creatures like oysters, clams, gizzard shad, alewife and blue back herring to prosper. Spring’s pre-spawn conditions, once water temperatures rise to the mid-50s, are ideal for catching bass. During the summer, bass like to loiter among the lily pads, and the best time of day to catch them is at dusk and dawn. Fall is feeding season, and buzzbaits work wonderfully at this time of year. Sport fishing during the winter months is not encouraged, mostly due to unstable ice.

In addition to fishing, Deal Lake and the surrounding areas are utilized for a variety of other activities. Unlimited horsepower engines are permitted on the lake, and it is not uncommon to find boatmen zipping their vessels about in both planned and improvised races. Canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife watching are also wonderful diversions, and explorers can hope to find animals like raccoons, osprey, herons, chipmunks, egrets, mallards, loons, painted turtles, and snapping turtles.

Surfing is also popular near Deal Lake, on the waves of the Atlantic. Additionally, Asbury Park brings an amazing music scene and nightlife to the table — venues such as the Stone Pony and the Saint regularly headline a variety of both well known and up-and-coming bands. Theaters, golf courses, lighthouses and museums commemorating everything from bicycles to battlefields can be found in the surrounding Monmouth County area.

Deal Lake has an extensive history, during which it has undergone quite a few name changes. Hundreds of years ago, the Lenape Indians used to call it Lake Uliquecks, a title that was later changed to White’s Pond — as evidenced by an antique map from 1781. During the Revolutionary War, British troops gathered fish, clams, and oysters from the lake to feed the hungry residents of England. By the 1800s, residents began referring to the lake as Hogs Swamp Pond, but then changed the name again to Boyleston Great Pond. In the late 1800s, a land developer gave the lake its current name — and then proceeded to seal off the inlet connecting Deal Lake to the ocean, reducing it to a small artificial drainage channel, or flume. Stripped of its natural cleansing method, Deal Lake began to collect storm water from all seven of the surrounding towns — and all of the trash, silt, and waste that came along with it.

The Deal Lake Commission was developed in 1974 to fund dredging and to combat water pollution. The commission, which is made up of one volunteer representative from each municipality, works hard to ensure the preservation of the lake for future generations. Today, Deal Lake’s shores are lined with gorgeous houses and other high-end developments. Vacation homes and prime real estate properties have become widely available. Whether or not you like kayaking, clamming or surfing the powerful waves of the Atlantic, there is something for everyone in and around Deal Lake.

Things to Do at Deal Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Antiquing

Fish Species Found at Deal Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Carp
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Shad

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Best hotels and vacation rentals at Deal Lake

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Recommended Sites to Book a Deal Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Deal Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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  • 2 bathrooms
  • hot tub
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