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Beltzville State Park
Copyright: Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Beltzville State Park
Description - Beltzville State Park is a 2,972-acre facility developed around the US Army Corps of Engineers flood control project, Beltzville Dam, in Carbon County. Beltzville Lake is 949 acres with a shoreline of 19.8 miles.

Wooded and open picnic areas are available at the Pine Run West Day Use Area. Modern comfort stations, water and sanitary systems, parking areas and day use mooring areas for boat access are provided. Playfields are situated around the wooded picnic area with a children's playground located between picnic shelter #4 and the beach. Hunting, trapping and dog training is permitted on 1,707 acres of the park. Popular game species are pheasants, rabbits, ruffed grouse, waterfowl and deer.

Beltzville Lake is stocked with warm and coldwater game fish. Favorite species are trout, striped bass, large and smallmouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, and perch.

Most types of recreational boats are permitted on the lake. Waterskiing is permitted in a designated area. A three-lane boat launching ramp, courtesy docks, wide gravel beaching area, and parking for cars and trailers are provided at Pine Run East along the northern shore of the lake. A two-lane launch ramp and parking for cars and boat trailers are provided at Preacher's Camp launching area on the south shore.

A 525-foot guarded sand swimming beach is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting, unless posted otherwise. A bathhouse with showers, a first aid building, and a food concession are located near the beach. First aid is available at the park office during the non-swimming season. Recreational scuba diving is prohibited.

The park environmental interpretive center and amphitheater serve as the focal point for interpretive programs conducted by the Park Environmental Education Specialist from March through November. Concentrating on both the natural and historical resources of the area, school groups, scouts, civic organizations and the general public benefit from the outdoor educational opportunities. Flora and fauna abound during the season and provide constant "hands on" education and awareness. A water quality monitoring program which examines the water resources within the watershed surrounding Beltzville Dam is available to high school and middle school students.

When you travel on the 15 miles of trails, you will see wooded pathways, old roads and many creek valleys. The sawmill trail, which is located just west of the dam breast, offers a diverse historical hike. The trail has remains of a gristmill raceway, a dam and gateways, small ponds, a slate quarry from the 1700s, a wetland and a stream.

Most of the lake is available for ice boating and ice fishing. Many open and rolling fields and 9 miles of cross-country trails are available.

Discovering covered bridges has become an increasingly popular pastime. At the suggestion of local residents, the original covered bridge, built across Pohopoco Creek in 1841 by Jacob Buck, a local craftsman.

Attractions - Beltzville State Park is a 2,972-acre facility developed around the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project, Beltzville Dam, in Carbon County. Beltzville Lake is 949 acres with a shoreline of 19.8 miles.
Recreational facilities are a result of a cooperative effort of the Corps of Engineers, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of State Parks and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The park was officially opened in 1972. The park is located along the Pohopoco Creek with recreation areas around the lake.

Recreation - The park provides an exciting selection of educational and recreational outdoor activities throughout the year. Opportunities include: swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, hiking, viewing historical sites, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and environmental education programs.

Wooded and open picnic areas are available at the Pine Run West Day Use Area. Modern comfort stations, water and sanitary systems, parking areas and day use mooring areas for boat access are provided. Playfields are situated around the wooded picnic area with a children's playground located between picnic shelter #4 and the beach.

Hunting, trapping and dog training is permitted on 1,707 acres of the park, with the exception of: 1) hunting of woodchucks also known as groundhogs is prohibited and 2) dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations are in effect for all activities in the park. Popular game species are pheasants, rabbits, ruffed grouse, waterfowl and deer. Contact the park manager for accessible hunting information.

Exercise EXTREME CAUTION with firearms at all times. This park is used by others throughout the hunting season.

Firearms and archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use by properly licensed hunters only in authorized hunting areas and during those seasons park areas are opened to hunting or under special conditions which may be established by the Department.

The adjacent Pennsylvania Game Commission's Beltzville Wildlife Management Project is open to hunting.

Fishing: Beltzville Lake is stocked with warm and cold water game and panfish. Favorite species are trout, striped bass, large and smallmouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, and perch. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. The Pohopoco Creek, below the dam is stocked with trout. Much of the lake shoreline is accessible from Pohopoco Drive.

For complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

Boating: Most types of recreational boats are permitted on the lake. Please check with the park office if there is a question as to the type of watercraft permitted. Maximum boating speed is 45 miles per hour. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: 1) State Park launch permit, 2) State Park mooring permit or 3) a current Pennsylvania boat registration. Motorized boats must display a current registration. Boats registered in other states must display a Pennsylvania State Park launch permit in addition to their current registration. Waterskiing is permitted in a designated area.

A three-lane boat launching ramp, courtesy docks, wide gravel beaching area, and parking for cars and trailers are provided at Pine Run East along the northern shore of the lake. A two-lane launch ramp and parking for cars and boat trailers are provided at Preacher's Camp launching area on the south shore.

The areas above Preacher's Camp launch and Pine Run Cove are restricted to a "no wake" speed and are excellent for canoeing and other non-powered water craft.

Speed shall be limited to slow, minimum height swell speed at Pine Run, Wild Creek, and Pohopoco Creek bays.

Skiing will be permitted only between 10 a.m. and sunset in the zoned ski area along the south shore of the lake from the boom above the dam to a point approximately two miles upstream. All boats in this ski area shall operate in a counterclockwise direction. Boats not engaged in skiing must remain outside the ski zone area while such activity is in progress. On weekdays, it is unlawful for a boat to tow more than two water-skiers at a time. On weekends-Saturdays and Sundays-and federal holidays, it is unlawful for a boat to tow more than one water-skier at a time.

It is unlawful to operate a boat equipped with inboard engines with out-the-transom or straight stack type exhausts, wet or dry.

Parasailing is not permitted. Sleeping overnight on watercraft is prohibited. Day use mooring is not permitted in the boat rental cove area.

Seasonal mooring of canoes is available at Preacher's Camp.

Swimming: A 525-foot guarded sand beach is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting, unless posted otherwise. A bathhouse with showers, a first aid building, and a food concession are located near the beach. First aid is available at the park office during the non-swimming season. Recreational scuba diving is prohibited.

Environmental Education: The park environmental interpretive center and amphitheater serve as the focal point for interpretive programs conducted by the Park Environmental Education Specialist from March through November. Concentrating on both the natural and historical resources of the area, school groups, scouts, civic organizations and the general public benefit from the outdoor educational opportunities. Flora and fauna abound during the season and provide constant "hands on" education and awareness. A water quality monitoring program which examines the water resources within the watershed surrounding Beltzville Dam is available to high school and middle school students.

Hiking: When you travel on the 15 miles of trails, you will see wooded pathways, old roads and many creek valleys. The sawmill trail, which is located just west of the dam breast, offers a diverse historical hike. The trail has remains of a gristmill raceway, a dam and gateways, small ponds, a slate quarry from the 1700s, a wetland and a stream.

The trails vary in length. A short description of each trail can be found in the "Beltzville Trail Guide." A copy of the guide is available from the park office.

Ice Boating and Ice Fishing: Most of the lake is available for these activities. Ice boats must display a State Park launching permit.

Camping: Overnight lodging on watercraft, in self-contained campers, or in any other form is strictly prohibited. Information on local camping areas is available at the park office.

Cross-country Skiing: Many open and rolling fields and 9 miles of trail are suitable for this rapidly growing sport.

Covered Bridge: Discovering covered bridges has become an increasingly popular pastime. At the suggestion of local residents, the original covered bridge, built across Pohopoco Creek in 1841 by Jacob Buck, a local craftsman.

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

Location - Beltzville State Park is located in the eastern midsection of the state. Just off U.S. Route 209, 5 miles east of Lehighton, Beltzville State Park is accessible from the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, immediately off turnpike Exit 34. After passing through toll booth, follow the signs to the park.


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Contact Information:
Beltzville State Park, 2950 Pohopoco Drive , Lehighton, PA, 18235-8905, Phone: 610-377-0045
, beltzville@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
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.

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