Wanaque, New Jersey
Home to more than 10,000 residents, Wanaque of Passaic County, New Jersey is a
beautiful and wooded borough to live in. When first settled upon Wanaque was
primarily farmland but over the decades it has become more and more urbanized.
1922 marked the beginning of the 8 year long construction of the Wanaque
Reservoir. This reservoir has been providing many New Jersey cities with water
for over 80 years now, but surprisingly not the borough of Wanaque! Its said
that over $25 million dollars was spent on this project and the reservoir can
hole almost 30 billion gallons of water! This came in handy when the droughts of
1929 and 1932 struck. And during that second drought a new plan was implemented,
the Ramapo program. This programs pumped water from the Ramapo River at Pompton
Lakes into the reservoir, which was an additional $5 million more.
The Wanaque Borough Schools educate students grades K-8. Wanaque Elementary
School serves close to 600 students through grade 8 and Haskell Elementary
School serves almost 450 students. Lakeland Regional High School educates
students from both Wanaque and the surrounding town of Ringwood. Passaic County
Community College's Wanaque Academic Center is located in Wanaque as well.
The easiest and most accessible way in and out of Wanaque would be to
use Interstate 287.
Visit the Wanaque town website