Boating in Pennsylvania

Going boating in Pennsylvania? This State is packed with lakes that provide beautiful scenery. It offers endless adventures for visitors, sitting amongst parks and forest areas. Most of the lakes offer campgrounds and boat launches. Visitors can fish, hike, boat, swim, and enjoy the wildlife. 


Lake Nockamixon

This stunning lake is surrounded by rolling hills and greenery. It is the centrepiece of the Nockamixon State Park. Located in the southeast corner of the state, it is relatively close to Philadelphia. The lake covers 1,450 acres and is formed by Haycock Run, Three Mile Run, and Tohickon Creek.

It is a popular place for fishing offering walleye, bass, pickerel, and carp. The waters provide a great opportunity to go boating and windsurfing. You can also take a pontoon boat ride and experience the lake that way.  The shores provides areas for picnicking and there are trails for hiking and mountain biking.


Marsh Creek Lake

Marsh Creek Lake is a man-made lake. It was created by the damming of the Marsh Creek River. It sits within Marsh Creek State Park and is surrounding by trees and wildlife. Marsh Creek Lake and the surrounding areas are tucked away in the beautiful hills of Chester County.

The lake offers a great place for sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. It is very popular with boaters and two boat rental places offer lessons as well.

Marsh Creek State Park has a pool for the little ones to splash around. It also offers numerous educational nature programs. These include nighttime programs, guided walks, and interactive activities.

Fishing is quite popular at Marsh Creek Lake. Catch a largemouth bass, black crappie, and channel catfish. There are also numerous panfish often swimming around.


Lake Wallenpaupack

Lake Wallenpaupack is the third largest lake in the state and was artificially built in 1926.  It covers 5,700 acres and has a depth of 18 metres. It offers 52 straight miles of shoreline to be enjoyed. Lake Wallenpaupack is a freshwater lake that sits in the Pocono Mountains and is a popular vacation destination. The lake is a top recreational spot, with fishing, boating and swimming all being enjoyed. Lake Wallenpaupack has six recreation centers. It feature activities such as camping, hiking, walking, and wildlife watching, plus water sports like kayaking, jet skiing, wakeboarding, and parasailing.

The shoreline surrounding the lake includes a wooded area. It offers plenty of hiking trails and cottages for rent. In the past, Lake Wallenpaupack was the home of the Lenape Indians. They named the area Wallenpaupack; meaning ‘The Stream of Swift and Slow Water’.


Raystown Lake

Raystown Lake is a beautiful 20 square mile lake that is known for its serenity and recreational activities. It features 12 public access areas, beaches, boat launchers, picnic areas and camping grounds. It’s beautiful surrounding area offers hiking and mountain biking.

Raystown Lake has some archaeological significance. Human remains were found around the lake that date back as far as 12,000 years ago. Today, this site is home to the Susquehannock Campground. Scuba diving is another attraction of the lake due to its historical significance.