Committee Sign Ups and Water Shut Off 2022

Category : Water

The end of the season is quickly approaching and there are a couple of important dates to remember.  First, the window for joining a committee for 2023 will close on Monday 10/31.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you can access the sign up page directly or you can find it at a later time by going to and navigating to Private -> Committees -> Committee Sign Up 2023.  To learn more about each committee and to see which Director is assigned to it, please visit our Committee Information page.  Thank you to everyone that has already volunteered to serve the community next year.

The other date to keep in mind is Sunday 10/30 when we will be shutting off the water.  Volunteers looking to help with the process should meet at the beach parking area at 2 PM to complete the shutoff work.
For those in camp, please be aware that you will start to see a drop or loss of water pressure as early as 1PM on Sunday, so plan your day appropriately.

Recycling Bin

Category : General

Welcome back to Estling.
With more of us in camp, I have observed an issue with the recycling area. Please help to maintain a neat area around the recycling bin. Do not leave items outside the bin area. If your items do not fit in the bin, please hold them and place them in the bin at a later date.
All cardboard boxes should be flattened as this allows more space in the bin. If you gather your recyclables in a cardboard box, please empty the contents into the bin and then flatten your box. Doing this allows the smaller items to find space and leaves more room in the bin.
Beginning in June, the recycling bin will be emptied twice a week and this should help to alleviate our over filling problem. I believe the pickups will be Monday and Thursday, the same days as the summer garbage pickup schedule.
I appreciate all of you who faithfully recycle your items.

Estling is hiring

Category : Open/Close

Hello fellow lakers! We are so excited that the lake will be fully open this summer and we need your help. In order for the lake community to run smoothly, we have several paid positions we are hiring for this summer.  

If you or your child are interested in lifeguarding, here are the parameters for being able to be a guard at Estling Lake:

  • 16 or over
  • Must be Open Water certified (not just pool certified.)
  • Must be certified in CPR/First Aid
  • Hours include 1-5:30 daily starting June 26-September 5.
    • Schedule and number of hours will vary per week and are flexible to work around other commitments.
    • Additional hours may be available coaching swim lessons (position TBD.)

There were several of you that mentioned you might have a child who would want to lifeguard.  We have a need and it would only be a walk/bicycle ride to work. 

Additional positions needed throughout the season:

  • Mail distribution
  • Janitor for community house
  • Beach raker

If interested in any of the positions above, please send an email to Pat G. and she will send you an application. You may also call Pat if you have any questions about the positions above.

Thank you in advance for your service to our community. It cannot run without everyone helping out!

Until we meet again, very soon.

We are open for fun!

Category : Open/Close

Last night the Board met to discuss our plans for the 2021 season and I’m excited to announce that we will fully reopen for events and activities this summer!  Nets will be installed at the athletic field, floats and diving boards will be put out at the beach, and the Community House will be opened.

This is all possible as a result of yesterday’s announcement that the NJ Governor has lifted indoor and outdoor capacity limits, removed social distancing mandates, and pulled back from mask requirements.  However, following the guidance of the NJ Governor and the CDC, the Board has decided that anyone entering the Community House must wear a mask if they are not vaccinated.  This includes children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine along with adults who choose not to be vaccinated and applies at all times when the building is open.  For events where food is being consumed, like when you are devouring chicken and corn at the Chicken BBQ, you don’t have to wear your mask while seated and eating.  And while we won’t be posting guards at the doors nor will we be checking immunization IDs as you enter, we do expect that everyone will follow this guidance and that each of you will help to politely and respectfully enforce it.  Everyone will also have the option to remain outside on the porch, unmasked, for events at the Community House as we plan to have extra seating available outdoors at many activities.

I think it’s also important to share how the Board came to this decision.  We had a long discussion on this topic and there were a variety of perspectives shared.  We respect everyone’s right to choose to get a vaccine or to remain unvaccinated and we want everyone to feel included.  At the same time, we want to keep all members of our community safe using reasonable precautions.  Vaccines and masks have both been shown to be effective methods for controlling the spread of the virus.  Therefore, we are asking our community members to use one of the tools (or both if you choose) when you participate at our indoor events.

This is a big step forward in our “return to normal” and I thank you all in advance for your cooperation.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you very soon!


Men’s Horseshoes

Category : Sports

Dear Fellow Campers,
Estling Lake Men’s Horseshoes is looking for new players to join our team. Our schedule for the season is attached. Matches are every Friday starting at 7pm (arrive 6:30 warm up).
Please contact to Eric F. if you or a family member are interested and feel free to forward this to anyone I may have missed.


Community Update for May 19, 2021

Category : General

The water has been on for over a month and it’s great to see the many families that have already moved in this season.  I wanted to share some information that may help you to plan for your season and enable you to get the most enjoyment of your time at the Lake.  Many of the tips below were sent to me from members of the community and I thank you for taking the time to pass this along.  Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!


2021 Operations and NJ COVID Orders

  • Let’s start with the really good news.  NJ has ended it’s Travel Advisory and visitors to NJ no longer need to quarantine!  I know this advisory was problematic for many residents and hopefully this enables more of our friends and family to come visit.
  • For outdoor events and activities, capacity restrictions have been removed and masks and social distancing are no longer required.  However, for indoor events, masks are still required and there are capacity and spacing restrictions.
  • We are still waiting for official guidance from the state and township around beach and lake activities, but we anticipate that will be coming soon. The Board is meeting on Monday to evaluate how we will operate this season, so expect to hear more next week.

Contact Information

  • Throughout the year you may have questions about our operations and facilities or may need to report a problem.  You can look at our Committee Information page to see Director responsibilities and reach out to the appropriate person.  You can find contact information for current Board members in our Directory and Phone List.
  • Our caretaker, Brian Williams, is standing by should you need to report a non-emergency, safety issue (such as trespassers on the property).  You can call or text him, but be aware that he may not be able to respond immediately.
  • For all emergencies (such as fires, medical issues, and urgent safety concerns), please call 9-1-1 as this is the fastest way to connect with Police, Fire, and EMS.
  • If you are interested in hearing about local road closures and other township updates, you can sign up to receive alerts from the Denville Police Department.


  • As you open up your cabin and scare off the critters, take a few minutes to clean out your mailboxes as well.  To make it easier for people to access, please clear any overgrown brush around your mailbox and make sure that any “winter residents” have been removed from the inside as well.
  • During the season you may notice the flag on your mailbox has been raised.  This is an indication that someone has left an item in your mailbox and you should look inside.
  • If you plan to have mail or packages delivered to your lake address, please be sure to use the following format to ensure it is delivered properly:

    65 Estling Lake Road
    Camp XX
    Denville, NJ 07834
  • For those who plan to set up mail forwarding, be aware that the USPS online site will not allow you to specify a camp number.  You will have to use “65 Estling Lake Road” alone.  If you visit your local USPS office, you can pick up a Movers Guide which includes a paper version of form PS 3575 where you can add a camp number.

Upcoming Events

  • Our community calendar will be finalized over the next couple of weeks and can be accessed via a browser or added to the calendar on your mobile phone.  Work Weekend is scheduled for June 12th and 13th and we need all the volunteers we can get to help open things up.  A note will be sent out as we get closer with opportunities to support the community and prepare for the upcoming season.
  • Morris County is hosting hazardous waste drop off events over then next several months.  You can find the schedule and list of accepted materials at the MCMUA website.
  • The Denville Library has a number of activities for kids and adults including passes to museums, outdoor summer reading events, and “take and make” kits.  You can sign up for these events and their weekly email updates at the Library website.
  • On June 3rd at 7PM, the Newark FBI office is hosting a virtual information session on how to project yourself and your family from the latest frauds and scams (including online, phone, and mail).  The event is free and registration is not required.

Estling Apparel Sale

Category : General

Good morning Campers,

We’re coming up on one month away from the close of our Estling apparel and accessories sale, 6/13, if you still need to secured your items! In case you haven’t had an opportunity to visit, here is an overview of the fresh new Estling kit we’re offering!  Remember, all of these items are unisex, machine washable and may insipre great longing for our cool calm banks. They are also the fundraising springboard for the big 75th anniversary shindig, scheduled for July 2022!


Additionally, the early bird registration special of $35 for the 5K/One Mile Fun Run will end on 6/18! After that day registration will be $45 up until the day of the event.

We’ve also made a change to the registration fee for participants of the One Mile Fun Run under the age of 5 which is now $5 and will not include a T-shirt but you are welcome to purchase one through

We thank you for your support and the enthusiasm we’ve received already, keep it comin’!

Your co-chairs,
Robin & Erin

Estling 75th Website

Category : General

Thank you all for taking the time to view our updated website!
For the moment the site is only accessible by way of your personal computer. We are working on the mobile site and will let you know when it is available. Your patience and understanding is much appreciated!

Your co-chairs,
Robin & Erin

New Apparel & Inaugural 5K

Category : General

Greetings Campers,

The 75th Anniversary Committee is very excited to announce two fundraisers for next year’s celebration!
Firstly, registration for the very first Estling Lake 5K Run/Walk is now open! Below you will find the link to the 75th Anniversary website where on the home page you can see where to register.

We are also welcoming your participation in our One Mile Fun Run/Walk which will take place shortly after the 5K. 
Early bird registration for these events ends June 18th, $35. After that date registration is $45 until the day of the event.

You can simply make a donation through this link as well!

Secondly, we have created an exciting array of NEW Estling Lake apparel and a tote for your purchasing pleasure! The link below will take you directly to our collection of goods hosted by Custom Ink. Ordering of these items will be open until June 13th!

You can also access this through the Goods & Apparel page of our 75th website.

Please note that more than one checkout process may be necessary. Consider them 3 different “shops”.

1. Estling Lake T’s and sweatshirts
2. Estling Lake Totes
3. 5K T’s (If you’re registering for the 5k or Fun Run your shirt will be included there, this “shop” is for extra T’s)
Please reach out if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help!

Your co-chairs,
Robin & Erin

Preparing for the 2021 Season

Category : Open/Close

The Board met on Monday to review our plans for 2021. Our Directors have been in contact with officials from both state and local agencies to ensure we understand how to remain in compliance with the numerous executive orders and directives in NJ. At this time, the State has yet to release updated instructions for organizations that operate beaches and lakes, but we expect to hear more before Memorial Day. The Board decided it would be best to hold off on any final decisions until more information was published by the State. I understand that this is frustrating for those who are making plans to move in or visit for the holidays, but I appreciate your patience as we evaluate our reopening options.

The Board did discuss one important topic that I can share now to aid with your planning. I mentioned in a prior email that NJ has updated its Travel Advisory for those coming from out of state. Since that email, I have confirmed that this advisory applies to children as well as adults. You can read the full details here, but if your family is arriving from out of state, individuals in your party (meaning children or adults) must quarantine for 7-10 days upon arrival unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID in the prior 3 months. This means that if two adult parents are vaccinated, but their children are not nor have they recently had COVID, the children must quarantine but the adults do not need to quarantine. Again, I understand how challenging this will be for families, but these are the rules of the State. From the Travel Advisory: “The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. Unvaccinated travelers arriving from areas with increasing COVID-19 cases may wish to postpone their travel to the region if they are unwilling or unable to follow the quarantine advisory.”

The Board is scheduled to meet again in May and I expect we will be able to provide more substantial information about the 2021 season prior to Memorial Day. And since we have many new families that have joined us in the past few years, I will also be sending out an email soon with some tips that other campers have shared to help you transition to “lake life.” If you have a tip you would like to share, please reach out to me and I will include it in that message.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon and please stay safe and healthy!

Upcoming Events

all-day Garbage Pickup
Garbage Pickup
Jul 22 all-day
Monday pickups except for holidays (Memorial Day, Labor Day, sometimes Independence Day)
8:00 PM Men’s Meeting
Men’s Meeting
Jul 22 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Men’s Club meets every two weeks on Mondays
7:30 PM Ladies’ Meeting
Ladies’ Meeting
Jul 24 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Ladies’ Club meets every two weeks on Wednesdays
all-day Garbage Pickup
Garbage Pickup
Jul 25 all-day
Garbage pickup on Thursdays
7:00 PM Game night hosted by the Men’s Club
Game night hosted by the Men’s Club
Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
All members of the community are welcome to attend this free event, brought to you by the Estling Men’s Club.