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Five of the Best Lakes to Enjoy in the Pocono Mountains Region

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  • 29 April 2017
  • Author: Visit Poconos
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The Pocono Mountains are extremely beautiful, and the region, which is known for its natural scenic beauty, offers endless fun. From luxury resorts, family activities, to outdoor adventures, you can do it all here.

The region is also known for its 150 lakes, which lure outdoor enthusiasts in all seasons. Below are 5 of the best lakes you can enjoy in the Pocono Mountains.

1. Beltzville Lake

Photo by the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The beautiful Beltzville Lake is located in the Beltzville State Park, Carbon County, and is considered by many one of the highlights of the Pocono Mountains. The lake is just 1.5 hours away from Pennsylvania, and 25 miles North of Allentown.

The lake was formed by damming the Pohopoco Creek, has an area of 1.5 square miles and reaches a maximum depth of 126 feet. Besides providing water for the Lehigh Valley region, Beltzville Lake is also very popular among outdoor enthusiasts.

There are a great number of activities that can be enjoyed here. Anglers can fish for trout, walleye, and largemouth and smallmouth bass. Ice fishing is extremely popular on Beltzville Lake as well. There are two boat launch sites on the lake, and the swimming beach features 525 feet of sand. The area around the lake is also very popular among cross-country skiers.


2. Lake Wallenpaupack

By Matt Saunders - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Lake Wallenpaupack is the third largest lake in Pennsylvania, boasting 52 miles of shoreline. It’s 13 miles long, has a surface area of 9 square miles, and reaches a maximum depth of 60 feet. A man-made lake built in 1926, Lake Wallenpaupack is also very scenic.

The lake boasts 6 public recreation areas filled with hundreds of acres of forest, hiking trails, and campsites. Water sports are of course very popular. You will have a great range of options here from kayaking, wakeboarding to water skiing, and parasailing.

During autumn, the brilliant fall foliage that surrounds the lake creates an amazing scenery that can be enjoyed from cruises or shoreline strolls. Lake Wallenpaupack also has many kid-friendly attractions, which make it very popular among families.

3. Lake Harmony

Lake Harmony is a natural glacial lake in Kidder Township, Carbon County. It is drained by the Tobyhanna Creek, which flows northwest into the Lehigh River. The village adjacent to the lake is also called Lake Harmony.

The area is a hotspot for outdoor adventure, during all seasons. There’s always something going on around this little town in the Pocono Mountains, from snowsports and watersports to thrilling NASCAR action.

There are many things to do for families as well, from pony rides to paintball games. Other popular outdoor activities include snowtubing, park sports, and fun at the Pocono Raceway.

4. Stillwater Lake

By CampMinsi-BSA CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Back to reservoirs, Stillwater Lake covers an area of 0.5 square miles, and is located at an elevation of 1,811 feet in Pocono Summit. It’s fed by Hawkeye Run, Pocono Summit Creek, Dotter's Run, and underground springs, flowing out to Lake Naomi via Tunkhannock Creek.

From the late 1880s until the 1930s, the region was also well known for its thriving ice industry. Many companies sprung up in the area as ice was being harvested from the freshwater lakes. Nowadays, Stillwater Lake can offer a quiet weekend getaway in nature, as jet skis and power boats are not allowed on the lake. Camp Minsi, a Boy Scout camp located on the shores of Stillwater Lake, provides sailing, swimming and fishing opportunities for the hundreds of scouts who visit the lake every year.

5. Arrowhead Lake

Arrowhead Lake is a private gated community that boasts many recreational amenities and a visitor-friendly attitude. It was once nominated by the "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine as one of the best up-and-coming vacation spots. Arrowhead Lake is actually made of 2 lakes: the main Arrowhead Lake which covers 0.4 square miles, and the smaller North Arrowhead Lake.

The lake is very popular for its fishing: trout fishing contests take place until fall, and a limited amount of ice fishing occurs in winter. Lake Arrowhead is managed as a catch and release lake, except for the trout species. People who are not into fishing can enjoy swimming and boating, as there are boat rentals available on both lakes. However, no gasoline-powered boats are allowed on either one of the two lakes.

People who value privacy will find Arrowhead Lake a particularly attractive destination, as it has
no public access, but offers short term rentals that are increasing in demand.

Article provided by Catalin Trif of Lakepedia.  Lakepedia is an online encyclopedia of lakes, which aims to help travelers discover new vacation destinations, find nearby lakes, and to increase awareness about the importance of inland bodies of water.  Learn more at

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