The 2,000 acre Round Valley Reservoir located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey is a noise-free escape stocked full of trout and tranquil peace where observers can gaze 20 feet down into its blue waters. The reservoir is also a place of mystery where people have gone missing without a trace for years, a fact that has some local residents calling the reservoir the “Bermuda triangle” of New Jersey.
Known as New Jersey’s deepest man-made lake at least six people are presumed to have drowned in the reservoir but their bodies have never been found. The reservoir has also been the location for at least a couple dozen deaths in the past 40 years.
While talk of the “New Jersey Bermuda triangle” had slowed for the last few years the mystery of the location picked up once again this month when a fisherman snagged the skeleton of a human foot.
So what explanation do the locals have for the disappearances? It is actually quite simple, wind gusts have a tendency to kick up without any notice and the water’s cold temperatures can easily leave anyone in trouble if they were stranded out in the lake after falling overboard from their small boats. As Lt. Stephen Johes explained of the lakes cold waters to NJ.com:
“Sometimes it can be a matter of 30 seconds before your body goes.”
Because that water is so cold bodies do not decompose as quickly and give off gases that would lift them to the surface.
The lake is also a large circle which can play tricks on a swimmers eyes as they try to gauge how far they have actually swam in comparison to the actual distance they must still travel.
Adding to the reservoirs mystery is its very existence. The reservoir was once occupied by the native Lenape tribe and homes were razed in order to make way for the lake. Investigators say ancient remains from burial sites could eventually be discovered and complicate the discovery process.
It may be likely that bodies simply fell overboard inside of Round Valley Reservoir’s man-made lake but we like to think a mini-Bermuda triangle exists right inside New Jersey.