It has been a few years since Lake Hopatcong topped its dam and could be officially declared "full" before the boating season starts.

Mother Nature or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) were blamed at the heated Lake Commission meetings last year, as an early mishandling of lake outflow by the DEC could not be overcome by the near drought rain that followed. The result was a shortened boating season and many reports of prop damage.

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