Scenic Lawrence Brook


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Aerial  views

Aquatic Herbaceous
Trees and shrubs
Vines Ferns  & Others

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All pictures have been taken on or near the Lawrence  Brook.
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  This 1677 document tells us  the  American Indian  name of the brook
Map: NJ Geological  Survey
HISTORY - Lawrence Brook was called    "Piscopeek" (1677)

Egret near Church  Lane (Farrington Lake) Painted turtle (Chrysemis picta) Note : on average, home owners use 3 times the needed fertilizers; this  damages waterways, esp. drinking  water supplies
ANIMALS: Great Egret (Ardea alba) Painted turtle
(Chrysemys pictae)
Algal  bloom in Farrington Lake, near Church Lane, Monumental Farrington Dam
34 ft  (11 m) tall

Click on ANIMALS section Click on ANIMALS (mammals) section. Bear was also  sighted under Farrington Dam.
Pink Azalea
(Rhododendron periclymenoides)
Moccasin Flower, an orchid (Cypripedium acaule) Great Blue Heron
(Ardea herodias) 
Black bear in Milltown, also  sighted near the Brook
This beaver unexpectedly surfaced in Farrigton Lake, near Riva Avenue
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - Westons Mills Pond Canoeing at  the  mouth of Beaver Dam Brook Canoeing near a beaver lodge Beaver (Castor Canadensis) in Farrington Lake

Upper Farrington Lake, from Riva Avenue Goldfinch and Least  Sandpiper (near  Hardenburg Lane Bridge)

Weston Mill Pond in July. The whole yellow area is due  to  dodder, a parasitic plant, alive and  feeding  on swamp  loosetrife.
Red-shouldered Hawk 
(Buteo lineatus)
Courtesy Sanford Gardner
Upper Westons Mill Pond Mill Pond (Milltown)

The Lawrence brook, in New Jersey, is a scenic 10-mile tributary of the Raritan River. Several  man-made dams have created  4 elongated lakes (Davidsons Mill Pond, Farrington Lake, Mill Pond and Westons Mill Pond).  It flows  through 5 towns (South Brunswick, East Brunswick, North  Brunswick,  New Brunswick  and Milltown). The  Lenni  Lenape Indians called it  the  'Piscopeek.'

Canoeing on the Lawrence brook  is the  best  way  to  explore  its  wild beauty and its  surprising biodiversity.  A wildlife corridor, it  is  visited by bald eagles, ospreys, red-shouldered hawks, red-tailed hawks, great  blue herons, wild turkeys, black bears (4 sightings in 2008), otters, beavers, red foxes, coyotes and many  other animals; its flora includes wild orchids and wild azaleas.

The Lawrence Brook is also a  water supply for local towns.

Thank you  to  all who  already care about the  Lawrence Brook. Join the regular spring and fall riverside cleanups,  which are advertised in local  papers. Always leave the place a little bit cleaner than it  was.

 Succession of  reservoirs :

Deans Pond  (empty)
Davidsons Mill Pond 
Farrington Lake 
Milltown Mill Pond 
Westons Mill Pond  (created by Westons Mill  Dam and Horseshoe  Dam)

Main tributaries of the Lawrence Brook

Great  Ditch
Brook  from beaver pond (flows into Davidsons Mill Pond)
Mayes Brook (flows into Farrington Lake)
Oakeys Brook (flows into Farrington Lake)
Ireland Brook (flows into Farrington Lake)
Beaverdam Brook (flows into Farrington Lake)
Sucker Brook (flows into Millpond)
Bog  Brook (flows into Millpond)
Sawmill Brook (flows into Westons Mill Pond)
Brook near bamboo forest  flows into Westons Mill Pond)
Brook in Helyar Forest (flows into Westons Mill Pond)

Note : The  mouth  of  the  brook is tidal and hosts marine wildlife. Anadromous  fish (migrating  into  rivers to  spawn), such  as alewife  are blocked by the dams. Some catadromous fish (migrating into the ocean to spawn), such  as the American eel,  are able to climb the  first  3 dams and have been observed attempting to  climb the  huge Farrington Dam one step  at  a time. 

Related Web sites:
- Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership (local  watershed association)
Nature Notes (Friends of the  East Brunswick Environmental Commission)