Quiet Labor Day weekend on Lake Hopatcong

For a few hours early Sunday evening, Lake Hopatcong was below the high-water mark and had warm, summertime weather. Up until that point, the lake was under a no-wake restriction, and the following day—Labor Day—was overcast and rainy, though the lake did stay below the high-water mark for the holiday. (Steady rainfall put the lake back above the high-water mark late Monday night.)

As a result, the long weekend was quieter than most. But residents and visitors around the lake still found ways to enjoy the unofficial last weekend of summer. Photographer Karen Fucito captured some of those moments.

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A father-son fishing team.

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A lone sailing boat cruises across the lake early Saturday morning.

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The Mountain Lakes Crew Club, whose home base is Lee’s Park Marina, spent Saturday morning cleaning out their storage from the damage done by Hurricane Irene.  Here, Valerie Harrs, a volunteer mom, moves sand from the basement area back to the lake. There was about 2-3 feet of water in the basement.

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The Mountain Lakes Crew Club, whose home base is Lee’s Park Marina, spent Saturday morning cleaning out their storage from the damage done by Hurricane Irene.  Here, members put together their practice barge. Their season begins this week.

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The Mountain Lakes crew club puts together their practice barge.

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Klye Lachman mans the shop vac, cleaning sand and dirt from the practice barge.

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Eric Mund, left, along with crew members Sage Mund and Evan Watson, piece together the floating dock.

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Mark Abate, a volunteer dad from Mt. Lakes, moves sand and dirt from the basement.

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The crew members move the practice barge into the water.

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Coach Sandra Bucan, in water, gets the practice barge into the water.

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Coach Sandra Bucan directs the crew members.

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The team practices on the main lake.

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The Mountain Lakes Crew Club practices on a sunny summer Saturday—the calm waters made possible by the no-wake restriction on the lake.

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Coach Sandra Bucan directs the crew members during practice in Lee’s Cove.

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Stars and A-Cats sail around before the start of Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club fleet racing.

A-Cats and Stars before the start of a Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club fleet race.

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A-Cats at the start.

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Kaiya Hefele waves to her son, Karl, during an A-Cat fleet race.

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A-Cats racing on Saturday.

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Brian Murphy and Kim Hussey (left) in a Star and John and Cyndi Deermount (foreground) in a Thistle, prepare for Saturday’s LHYC fleet racing start.

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Stars right after the start of Saturday’s race.

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Brian Kitchin and Pat Flinn race in a Thistle on Saturday.

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