The Lake Hopatcong Chapter of The Antique & Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS) is based predominantly at Lake Hopatcong, the largest lake in New Jersey with over forty miles of shore line. Two neighboring lakes, Green Pond and Lake Mohawk, have growing populations of antique boaters, as well, with their boats in active use. The membership has been stable over the years with between 135 and 140 at most times.
A source of great pride to our members is the Chapter’s rich history. What is now The Lake Hopatcong Chapter of ACBS played a major role in the founding of the ACBS. How did that happen? Before the ACBS was founded, an enthusiastic group of antique boat owners at Lake Hopatcong saw an alarming trend of wooden boats being used increasingly less and falling into a state of deterioration and neglect. On October 2, 1974 they met at the lakeside home of H. Drayton Mook to form a club to address and reverse this trend. On October 17th, 1974 The Lake Hopatcong Antique Boat Club was formed with the stated goal being, “To encourage our members to acquire, preserve, restore, and exhibit early boats and to enjoy the association of others with similar interests.” One can see a remarkable similarity to the essence of the current Mission Statement of ACBS.