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"Best place to go if on a budget and not fighting shore traffic. Also best view of sunsets and lightning storms. Awesome photo opportunities"

Lake Garrison once started as a cranberry bog. It now boasts a complete family recreation destination for thousands of families every summer. There are more than 100 families who make Lake Garrison their home in the summer. Lake Garrison represents in reality what began as a man`s dream. Mr.and Mrs.John Garrison operated a grocery store in Pitman, N.J. On his business travels from Pitman to Elmer, Mr.Garrison would pass a huge cranberry bog on a site called Kindall`s Sawmill. Mrs.Josie Feltman , a lake resident for almost 41 years recalls that Mr. Garrison told of one night having a dream where he made a beautiful lake from that cranberry bog. He bought the land from E .Ireland of Woodbury and moved there with his wife Cora and two daughters, Leona and Evelyn. In May 1935, Decoration Day the lake was officially opened. John Garrison built all the existing log cabins that are around the lake. The Garrison family owned the lake for 11 years and after Mr.Garrison`s death in 1944 the property was sold in 1947 to the Garrison Lake Stockholders Corp.

What people say?

It was a nice place and I would definitely recommend it, especially to families with young kids.

Valerie S

What people say?

Everything is just so nice and it's not over crowded.

Melinda O

What people say?

Always a nice place for a picnic and swimming in Cedar water.

Dan H

Why Come To Us?

We’re Amazing

Lake Garrison is South Jersey's destination for fun on a spring and summer day! Our clean beach and refreshing waters are favorites for all our valued guests for over 40 years.

Lot's To Do

With swimming, boating, a basketball court, playground, and a snack stand with arcade the whole family will have a memorable time at Lake Garrison

Group Friendly

Lake Garrison has all the facilities and activities to host groups and parties from dozens to hundreds of people.