Information with Pictures about Beltzville State Park in Pennsylvania
Opened in 1972, Beltzville Lake is formed by the damming of the Pohopoco Creek in Carbon County in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The park includes picnicing, swimming, water skiing, hiking, boat rentals, a concession stand. Even hunting is permitted in season. Overnight camping and swimming from boats is NOT permitted.
Beltzville Lake is readily accessible from exit 34 of the Northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Taking exit 34 and following the signs to Beltzville Lake will take you along the NORTH side of the lake. This will bring you to the main entrance where you will find picnicking, swimming, boat launching, water skiing, boat rentals, a play area, and a concession stand. These areas are near the dam end of the lake.
Less well known and ideal for the paddler is a boat access on the SOUTH side of the lake. The southern entrance is reached by following route 209 east and turning left onto a small steep street labeled as Preachers Camp. This launching area is strictly that. This more easterly portion of the lake is a no wake zone which continues all the way to the headwaters of the lake.
A severe drought hit the lake in the summer of 1999 resulting in the closing of some of the recreational activities.
The first image below shows a fully exposed stump that would normally have been completely submerged. Click on the picture for it to appear full size. Use the <BACK> button on your browser to return to this page.
This second image shows the normally submerged rock face as it appeared i the summer of '99. Again, click on the picture to see it full size.
For more information on Beltzville Lake State Park, including boat registration requirements, use this link: parec.com/state_parks/beltstpk.htm
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