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Description - F. E. Walter Reservoir is an integral part of the Lehigh River flood control plan. The dam's length is 3,000 feet, height is 234 feet and width is 30 feet. The drainage area covers a distance of 288 square miles with flood control storage of 107,815 acre feet. Whitewater boating is enjoyed during the regularly scheduled release dates which are listed on the Army Corp. of Engineers website.

Attractions - The Francis E. Walter Dam was completed in December 1960 as an earth fill embankment-impervious compacted earth core with rip rap cover. The dam's length is 3,000 feet, height is 234 feet and width is 30 feet. The drainage area covers a distance of 288 square miles with flood control storage of 107,815 acre feet.

Recreation - The Philadelphia District of the Army Corps of Engineers has regularly scheduled release dates and makes those dates available through its website. Whitewater boating is enjoyed during these designated times.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Fraancis E. Walter Dam area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).

Location - From the Wilkes-Barre area travel south on SR 476 taking SR 115 southeast to the reservoir.


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Filed By: WB native (Raleigh, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have fished and hiked Francis Walter Dam as a kid in the 1970's and recently found some current pictures of the dam and the changes that had taken place over the years. As a kid its was always one of out first 'opening day' fishing spot. Typically from shore but sometimes by boat. It was a beautiful place to fish, camp, and hike. To many wonderful memories come rushing back whenever I see the Dam. One day when I am back in the area going to dam and showing my children is a top priority. I remember as a kid going their to fish with my Dad and Uncles and cousins amany a weekends and leaving at dusk and seeing all the deer grazing near the dam keepers home. The fishing was great as a kid and I reccomend anyone that has a family interested in fishing to take the kids there and enjoy the beauty of nature at its best. Glad to see the Dam looks very mcuh as it did 30+ years ago, its good to know some things truly never change. Enjoy the Dam and all it has to offer. I will certainly never forget the countless hours I spent there as a child with my family!

Filed By: krystal (exeter, pa)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: hiking on the dam.my stepfather nearly had a fit going onto the dam.

Filed By: rich (white haven, pa)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: the view from the top of the dam is nice...i go for the rock climbing, which is easily visible from the flat parking area...a short hike up to the rocks, and you can try your hand and some bouldering (low climbing without ropes)...or just enjoy a different view of the dam and the water. very tranquil when there aren't many people around.

Filed By: Tom (Vernon, Pa)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My family and I went for a walk and to check the veiw. It was great!!!

Filed By: GENE MACARELLI (PITTSTON, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I LIKE TO GO FOR THE FRISBEE/GOLF COURSE. ITS NICE TO GET OUT THE BUSY CITY AND GET LOST IN A NATURAL GAME WITH NO RIFF RAFF. I ALSO TAKE MY BIKE AND RIDE THROUGH THE TRAILS LOOKING FOR THE EAGLES, HAVN'T FOUND THEM YET .


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Contact Information:
Francis E Walter Dam, Beltzville Dam Road 4 , Leighton, PA, 18235-8235, Phone: 215-377-0438

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Pocono Mountains / Endless Mountains Area - The Pocono Mountains abound in natural wonders. The Glens Natural Area has 22 named waterfalls in a scenic gorge with old growth timber. You can also try whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River.

Links:
Francis E. Walter Dam - Official agency website

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