Discovering Packanack Lake, NJ

The slip and fall attorneys in Packanack Lake, NJ at Garden State Justice Group have shared some interesting details about the community.

Packanack Lake

This unincorporated lake community is situated in the Township of Wayne in the southern section of Passaic County in New Jersey. The town is just north of Mountain View and south of Preakness. The main roadways that travel through the neighborhood are Ratzer Road, Hillcrest Drive, and Cedar Place. 


The Native Americans, including the Pacquanac Tribe, were the first to enjoy the area's resources. They farmed, hunted, and fished to provide food for their families. The town's name was in honor of the tribe, whose name meant land made clear for cultivation. 

The farm town was further developed following the clearing of trees and brush in 1928 from the valley of marshland. A clay dam was constructed to form the manufactured lake that is the centerpiece of the neighborhood. Soon after, Joseph T. Castles purchased 26 farms consisting of approximately 700 acres and began laying the plans for further development. Roads were built, and small Cod homes were built. 


The lake neighborhood has much to offer its residents and guests. The lake hosts gatherings and events including the following:

  • band concerts
  • craft shows
  • bonfires
  • social events

A golf course and tennis club can be found on the south end of the lake, along with restaurants including the Lakeside Restaurant and Bar. A country club sits next door to the restaurant and relies on the dues from the community to fund the association that preserves and maintains the lake and lake activities. Some of the lake activities include:

  • sailing lessons
  • competitive swimming
  • summer camps 

Notable People

Some notable people that were either born in the area or lived for a portion include: 

  • Kim Alexis, (model) - Lake Drive East
  • Tom Cruise, (actor and producer) - Lois Court
  • Ron Duguay, (hockey player) - Lake Drive East
  • Donna Kane, (theater actress) - Elmwood Terrace
  • Floyd Vivino, (comedian) - Overlook Ave


The area has a population of 5,320 and includes 1,685 households. The racial makeup of the townspeople was the following:

  • 86.4% white
  • 8.1% Hispanic or Latino
  • 2.5% African American
  • 2.0% Asian
  • 0.9% two or more races

English is the predominantly spoken language, followed by Polish and Spanish. The following is some common ancestries the residents identify as: 

  • 25.3% Italian
  • 18.3% German
  • 17.1% Irish
  • 9.0% English
  • 8.6% Polish

The income median for the area was $100,887 per household and $140,869 per family. As many as 57.5% of the residents have a college degree. The breakdown of occupations held by the employed in the area include: 

  • 55.0%  executive, management, and professional positions
  • 24.0% service and sales jobs
  • 10.5% clerical, assistant, and technical support roles
  • 10.5% manufacturing and labor occupations

Keep reading: The History of Cedar Grove, NJ

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