September 6, 2016

Why Change Lake Shawnee's ZIP Code?

The Lake Shawnee Reservation is surrounded by a Lake Hopatcong mailing address to the north, west, and south.  To the east is protected land part of the North Jersey Highlands.  There are two entrances and one exit by vehicle.  The homes and businesses surrounding the methods of egress and ingress are served by the Lake Hopatcong, NJ  07849 post office, making such a change presumably more efficient for the US Postal Service.

The ZIP code change request is being made for several of the reasons identified in the CRS Report for Congress, including but not limited to:
  • Lack of Proper Community Identity
  • Lake Shawnee is not Geographically Close to Wharton
  • Lake Shawnee is More Similar to Lake Hopatcong than Wharton
    • Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 is not a Municipality, but is Generally Known to be the Municipality of Jefferson Township, NJ.
Please support the change of ZIP code serving the Lake Shawnee Reservation from Wharton, NJ 07885 to Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849.


In July, the US Postal Service acknowledged receipt of the request to perform a ZIP code boundary change.

Members of the Lake Shawnee ZIP Code Change Committee attended a Lake Shawnee Club board meeting on July 8, 2016.  The meeting was very productive in alleviating some concerns surrounding the ZIP code change effort.  There will be continued and expanded outreach to keep residents informed on the process.

The ZIP code change request was presented at the June 15, 2016 Jefferson Township Town Council meeting.  Further details will be forthcoming.