First Row Sitting L to R:  Dorothy Tallman, Vi Joffe (Secretary), Reva Dorsey (Treasurer), Peg Levis, and Thomas Tallman (President)


Second Row Standing L to R:  Jerry Levis, Ed Prawdzik, George Watson, Joe Rowe, John Kurilla, and Jim Joffee


Minutes:  Meeting was held by Lake Cadjaw Association ways and means of purification and bettering Lake Cajaw.  Also an election of officers will be held the 27th of August at 2 o'clock at Tallman's Ball Field.  A covered dish picnic will be held at the meeting.

The Lake Cadjaw Watershed Association would like to personally thank everyone that views our Website throughout the year.   As mentioned on this page, our lake dates back to the 1800's when it stored and supplied water that was used for the Delaware & Hudson Canal and later used as a water supply for the town of Honesdale.  Now, the Department of Environmental Protection has mandated that the dam which harnesses the lake is in jeopardy of being breached if not reinforced and brought up to the DEP's current safety specifications.  We continue to look for donations to help save the dam as the road ahead is a tough one.  The latest quote to accomplish this task is estimated at upwards of $300,000.  The number of visitors to our Website grows every month (at lease 1500 hits in any given month).  With this number of interested viewers of the information contained on our Website and the pictures of the lake and its wildlife, if each and every one of you would consider making a tax deductible donation to help with our efforts, this important part of Honesdale history could be restored.  Large or small, every donation gets us one step closer to accomplishing this task.


     from LCWA President, Thomas C. Tallman, Jr. 

Notification has been received from the Department of Environmental Protection that the repairs to our dam must be completed by the year 2023.  This is not a scare tactic nor a joke; it is serious business.  Funds are needed to fix the dam.  We all know how precious Lake Cadjaw is tothe area and it will be a shame for people to not be able to fish, to pass by and not see a lake, nor to look out the window and not see the wonder that the lake brings, such as bald eagles, blue herons, ducks, geese, sea gulls, turtles, or deer drinking from the lake.  If you are willing to exchange all of these things for mud, snakes, rats, skunks, mosquitoes, and cattails filling in the lake, your wish will be fulfilled.  This is what you stand to lose or gain.  IT'S YOUR CHOICE.  All of the people that have never been involved by donating time nor money are about to experience what sitting on the sidelines and hoping everyone else will carry the load has done for the lake and the community around it.  We have all lost something near and dear to us and have all wished that we had the power to change it.  This is something you do have the power to change so let's all rise to the occasion and make the difference so that your children and grandchildren can continue to enjoy the things you have enjoyed around this lake.  If you are unable to do the work, we are willing and able to do it.  However, we need funding and we need it now, so why not donate your time and effort to find someone that might be able to help our cause.  LCWA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible.  I know you have been hearing about the lake for a long time and because you are not involved, you do not know how much work, time and money has gone into this project to keep water in our lake.  The "RUMOR" is that DEP is not going to drain the lake and they never will.  The reality is they will and are going to drain the lake if we don't come up with the funding now.  My job as President is to notify DEP by December 1, 2017 of our decision, which is based on if we have the funds available to proceed with the required repairs.  If not, DEP will order us to breach the dam.  Again, this is reality and it is about to hit us in the face.  So I hope everyone understands that this is not a test nor a ploy to get your money.  You can do something good for yourself and your community by donating today.  If you have any questions, feel free to call (570) 840-5032 as I am here for you and the lake and hopefully both will be here for a long time.  Checks can be mailed to LCWA, 67 Lakeside Drive, Honesdale, PA  18431 US and donations can be made by clicking the "Donate" button below.  Questions or comments can be directed to the address above or by E-mail to lakecadjawwatershed@yahoo.com.



A Special Assessment in the amount of $500 was enforced in September, 2018  and is due May 31st of each year hopefully for the three (3) years, a small price to pay for a lake in the immediate area.  With the repairs being made to the dam, real estate prices in the general area will climb.  Please make your check payable to LCWA and mail to 67 Lakeside Drive, Honesdale, PA  18431 or pay through PayPal by using the "DONATE" button below.  Memberships will help with the repairs to the dam, so why not join today to help  make this Lake something to be proud of instead of having it drained.


 ~Guy Tallman's Stand @ Lake Cadjaw August 1958~ 

  ~Eddie Keib July 1952~ 

Nearly 70 acres in size, Lake Cadjaw is located in Honesdale, PA, being once known as Cadjaw Pond.

Dating back to the 1800's, the Delaware & Hudson Canal bought the property, expanded the ground to later be known as Lake Cadjaw, and built a dam.  Lake Cadjaw stored and supplied water which was used for the D & H Canal and later used as a water supply for the town of Honesdale.  Today, the Lake is a beautiful body of water owned by the Lake Cadjaw Watershed Association and used by its residents for boating, fishing and swimming.

The Army Corps of Engineers lowered the water level of the Lake approximately 5 1/2 feet about 35 years ago.  In the void left behind, grew a forest of cattails and the Lake Cadjaw Watershed Association has made many attempts to have the Lake restored to its original state.  According to the Department of Environment Protection, the Dam that harnesses the lake is in jeopardy of being breached if it is not reinforced and brought up to their current safety specifications.  LCWA has been notified by the DEP that if necessary repairs are not made to the Dam, the Lake could be drained and become wetlands.  Our goal is to not let this important part of Honesdale history be taken away!

  ~ LCWA Meeting August 4, 1978 ~


     ~ THANK YOU ~

 Photo by Vada Killam 

​​A meeting of the Lake Cadjaw Watershed Association will be held


on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Cherry Ridge Township Municipal Building located on Route 191S in Honesdale, PA.  Due to the widespread disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are aware that some people may not feel comfortable attending.  If you have any issues to discuss, please call (570) 840-5032 prior to the meeting time. 


As a reminder, the second installment of the Special Assessment, which was enforced in 2018, was due by May 31, 2020. 

It is the hope of the Officers of this Association that all residents of the Lake Cadjaw community and their families home and away remain healthy and safe during this worldwide crisis. 


 ~ Photo contributed by the late Ed Palski, Photographer ~

Signs have been posted for designated access to Lake Cadjaw in two (2) areas on Lakeside Drive and one (1) area on Lakeside Avenue.  These accesses are only for use by members in GOOD STANDING of Lake Cadjaw Watershed Association who should enter at their own risk.