No Wipes Down the Pipes!

Category : Uncategorized

For those that have moved up to the lake already or those coming up soon, please remember that the only items you can flush are toilet paper and human waste.  That means no wipes, tissues, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, or deceased pets.  There was a significant clog in our sewer line this week and it took several experts to get it cleared.  Our older plumbing infrastructure is not capable of handling these other materials.  Even the “flushable” wipes are not appropriate to dispose of in the toilet.  These products get caught in the joints/elbows of our sewer lines and do not break down.  Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe!

Recycling Update

Category : Uncategorized

For those that have moved into camp already, you may have noticed that recycling has not been picked up consistently.  I spoke with the town today and we are working through the issue, but it may take a few weeks to get things back on schedule.  For now, do not put out recycling on Tuesday night.  Also note that the Recycling Center in town is closed temporarily for dropoff but they are trying to reopen it in the next few weeks.  Once we have the issue corrected and the schedule confirmed, I will send out instructions.  Hang tight, stay safe, and I’ll let you know when things are back on track.

Water Line Repair – No water Tue 4/28 from 1PM to 2PM

Category : Water

There is a small leak at one of our usual spots around camp 18. I have assistance lined up for Tue 4/28, from approximately 1PM to 2PM. Everyone from camp 17 and beyond will lose water pressure during the time we are doing the repair. Camps 1 through 16 will continue to have water. Since the times are just an estimate, I will send out an email before water goes off as a reminder and will notify everyone when the repair is complete. Thanks for your understanding!

Estling Lake Road Closure at Train Station

Category : General

NJ Transit has been prepping the train crossing at the start of Estling Lake Rd for upcoming repair work. It is expected that the railroad crossing will be closed for all traffic beginning on Wed April 15th. It is anticipated that the emergency access road will be utilized to allow traffic to pass, but it is unclear how much this will impact our ability to come and go. For now, assume that there will be restrictions getting in and out of the lake so please plan accordingly. The construction at the crossing is estimated to last two weeks but that could change based on weather and other factors.

Summer at Estling

Category : General

What will this summer be like at Estling?  The operating assumption of the Board is “a normal summer, even if somewhat delayed”.  We believe this to be an upbeat but realistic approach in this environment where no one really knows. 

Campers are starting to move in.  As you greet those returning, virtual hugs only please.  We will all need to respect social distancing.  Dot Zalesky will move up this weekend.  Dotti has offered to deliver mail for now.  She will wear gloves.

Work week-end is June 13th.  Given the current restrictions in NJ (see the current NJ rules and guidelines), work week-end might well be delayed.  We will make this decision in a few weeks.

That’s it for now.  Wishing you good health. 

Barbara Doremus

Category : General

We just received a call from Scott Doremus that his mother Barbara Doremus passed away. Barbara was the daughter of Myrtle Creran, Camp #25. Many campers remember Barbara and her brothers Dennis Creran and Bruce Macintosh. We extend our sympathy to Scott, Doug, and Megan


Kaye Bischoff

Category : General

I received a call this morning from Kim with the news that her mother Kaye passed away. Kaye had been struggling for some time, being in hospice care for several months. Many of us fondly remember Kaye, a lady with tremendous energy, a big personality, and a big heart. She will be missed.

There will be a service for Kaye in Florida after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. I know that I speak for all in sending our best wishes to Kim, Pam, Kathy and the entire family.


Water is on!

Category : Water

Thanks to the great efforts of our volunteers, water is now available to all camps.  We had a few leaks that needed some TLC, but nothing out of the ordinary.  Please be sure to say thank you to all the brave volunteers that came out today so that our community has water:

  • Jeff C.
  • Mike D.
  • Jeff N.
  • Jim T.
  • Scott T.

For those that choose to move in, keep in mind a few things.

  1. NJ is under tight restrictions as a result of COVID19 and things change daily.  You can keep up with the latest news on the NJ COVID19 site.
  2. Paper products are in short supply in this area.  Bring a sufficient amount of toilet paper because most stores do not have any.
  3. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU FLUSH! Some people in town have tried to get creative due to the TP shortage and have ended up clogging the sewer pipes. Don’t be that person! See below for more information from the town.
  4. There are many local business that offer take out or free delivery.  You can browse a list of Denville stores and their status here.
  5. Garbage pickup will begin on April 6th and is picked up once a week on Mondays.
  6. Recycling is on a new schedule this year, every week there is a pickup.  One week will be paper/cardboard and the next week will be glass/plastic/metal.  Our Estling Calendar has the schedule or you can look at the Town’s site.

Thank you and stay safe!

Denville Township SEWER NEWS

Clogged toilets and sewer back-ups are the latest unforeseen victim of the coronavirus crisis. Residents are disinfecting household surfaces with paper towels, disinfectant wipes, disposable diapers and old rags. And many of them are flushing it all down their toilets.

Not surprisingly, there has been a surge in overflowing toilets and sewer back-ups in our system as well as in neighboring municipalities.

Therefore, even if a product is labeled “flushable,” it could still block your indoor plumbing, cause sewer main clogs and even jam up treatment plants even if they swish down your toilet bowl. So to prevent sewer back-ups or other problems, please throw wipes, paper towels, disposal diapers and rags in the trash and please only flush toilet paper.

Preparing for the 2020 Season

Category : Open/Close

As we approach water-on at the Lake, we are all starting to think about life at Estling given the coronavirus epidemic. The board has begun discussing this in some detail, but so much can change over the next three months. So, as you contemplate moving to the Lake, check the current NJ rules and guidelines understanding that the board will embrace the letter and the spirit of these rules and guidelines.
– Rick

Crazy Times

Category : Website Updates

The main purpose of this note is simply to wish everyone good health “until we meet again”, very shortly, at Estling. With water-on scheduled for April 12th campers will be in residence soon. Scott is monitoring the weather and may turn on the water slightly before April 12th. He will keep us posted if this is possible.

With the measures being taken around the Corona virus, including the CDC advising no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks and the federal government advising no meeting of more than 10 people for the next 15 days, I am thankful that we still have a few months before our summer begins. These guidelines will hopefully be less severe by then.

I will refrain from turning this note into a newsletter with updates on various ELC subjects, but I do want to let you know that the second of three reports undertaken by consultants to NJ Transit has been submitted to the NJ DEP and posted to our website. The Estling Lake Dam Spillway and Embankment Stability Evaluation concludes that the railroad embankment and the spillway could fail under certain stress test conditions. The consultants recommend that the risks be considered and a plan developed to reduce these risks. We should have more specific information this summer.

That’s it for now. Do take care!