Adventures in and around the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Ironton Rail Trail, 9 miles, Whitehall Township
The Lehigh River Canal Path
Nockamixen State Park
Lehigh River Gorge
Lake Nockamixen (The same article as above)
Mauch Chunk Lake
This is a small lake nestled in the mountains just outside of Jim Thorpe, Pa. No motors larger than trolling motors are allowed. A delightful and peaceful spot in beautiful countryside. Although not large, it is a good spot local to the Lehigh Valley to find serenity while paddling. Go into Jim Thorpe and head west on Broadway (Route 1012) for about four miles. The lake even includes a man-made beach for swimming. Boat rentals are available. The Park Office phone number is: (717) 325-3669. Part of the switchback gravity railroad trail passes through the park. Beginning operation in May of 1827, this was the second railroad in the U.S. and the first in Pennsylvania. The first railroad was the Granite Railway of Massachusetts. ( If you'd like to know more about the switchback and why it's considered the first prototype roller coater in the US, click HERE.)
We are sorry to report that the level at Leaser Lake has been lowered 23 feet due to new cracks around the base of the dam. The water acreage at Leaser Lake has been reduced from 117 acres to 40 acres due to the decreased level. At this level, boat launch ramps are not usable. Built in 1971, the dam had repairs done to the spillway in 1994. These latest cracks appear to be unrelated. Quoting Lehigh County Commissioner Grayson McNair, "The recreational aspects of it are very limited now." The state has been asked for money to repair the dam. Leaser Lake is situated off route 143 near Jacksonville, Pa.
Lehigh River, Allentown
Tuscorora State Park (96 water acres near Barnesvillle, Pa. in Schuylkill County)
The Delaware River
River of Rocks
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