Next DLC meeting will be March 16. Interlaken Townhall, 100 Grasmere Ave at 7PM

The DLC was chartered in 1974 by the 7 shore line towns. Our mission is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to preserve and restore Deal Lake and its tributaries as a healthy and stable ecosystem. In addition, control lake levels during heavy storms to the best of our ability with limited ocean tide controls.

    Flume Webcam Access (temporarily disabled)

    Upcoming Events

    DLC meetings are via Teleconference

    June 20th: DLC Meeting starts at 7:00PM

    The public can participate in both the workshop and meeting through Zoom or by calling in from any landline or cell phone to hear the meeting live.

    Click Here For Instructions to join the meetings.

    Teleconference Meetings

    All DLC Meetings and Workshops are Recorded

    You can watch Deal Lake Commission meetings and Workshops on  APTV, Optimum 77 and throughout most of Monmouth County on FiOS 28. People outside of the city can watch APTV on the APTV website,, or by downloading APTV app on Apple TV or Roku devices.

    View past DLC Meetings here.

    Before You Buy or Build:

    Contact the NJDEP

    Deal Lake, its tributaries and watershed are regulated by Federal and State agencies. Check before you dig.

    Strict compliance with the NJDEP regulations apply to any land 50 feet adjacent to the Deal Lake shoreline as well as any land 50 feet adjacent to any stream that drains into Deal Lake.

    Property owners should contact the NJDEP before beginning any maintenance or any construction along the lake's shoreline.

    There can be consequences, including fines and time delays for proceeding with work, prior to securing the appropriate NJDEP permit(s).

    • The NJDEP Division of Land Use Protection gives info on regulations, permits:

    • The NJDEP Division of Land Use Protection Contact Form:

    • NJDEP Land Use Phone Line: 609-292-2178

    Please click below to get more info before you build or buy on Deal Lake: 

    Guide for Lake Front Property Owners

    The Great Flood of 2005

    In the late 1890s, Deal Lake was designed to be a model regional storm water drainage basin long before the watershed had highways, malls and large track developments. To keep Deal Lake picturesque, the ocean inlet was closed to maintain a high tide level by building a state-of-the-art flume. At high tide the flume allowed some seawater to enter the lake, which also allowed the herring to continue to run and spawn in the remote fresh water sections of Deal Lake.

    Let us fast forward to 2005. With about 90% of the watershed developed and less than 1% of the land area having any resemblance of modern storm water management systems the main body of Deal Lake was doomed to flood after being drenched by a major 100 year rain event.

    Rain started falling on Friday, October 7th. By Monday, 1.5 inches had fallen and the flume was fully opened to relieve the flooding pressures. Rain continued with an additional 5.8 inches by Wednesday lunchtime. As a Northeaster formed, the heaviest rains came Thursday into Friday, October 14th soaking the already saturated watershed with another 6.5 inches. No way could this Coastal Lake handle 13.8 inches of rain over the short period of just 8 days.

    In addition to the Northeaster, the tides were under the influence of a full moon which helped trap the enormous storm water runoff. Even when the tides were low, the Deal Lake flume could not handle the runoff volume fast enough to keep the lake below severe flood levels. Residents who were flooded by the Northeaster of December, 1992 report this flood was about 12 inches higher.