Beltzville Lake

Quick Facts

Beltzville Lake


(610) 377-0045

Map Directions

Things To Do


Beltzville Lake is a 3,600-acre project, having a 947-acre lake. The 3,002-acre Beltzville State Park is in the southern foothills of the Poconos. Pohopoco Creek, an excellent trout stream, feeds the 949-acre Beltzville Lake, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and is a destination for boaters and anglers. The sand beach and picnic pavilions are very popular.

Recreational facilities are a result of a cooperative effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Bureau of State Parks and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Map of Beltzville Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 40.847450, -75.638123



  • Boating

    The 949-acre Beltzville Lake has a maximum boating speed of 45 miles per hour. 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. It is unlawful to operate a boat equipped with inboard engines with out-of-the-transom or straight stack type exhausts, wet or dry. Sleeping overnight on watercraft is prohibited. Day use mooring is not permitted in the boat rental cove area. The areas east of Preacher's Camp launch and Pine Run Cove are excellent for canoeing and other non-powered watercraft. Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state.

    The lake east of Preachers Camp launch and Pine Run Cove are restricted to "no wake" speed.

    Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

  • Bicycling

    Please contact the park for information on bike trails.

  • Fishing

    The 949-acre Beltzville Lake is stocked with warm-water and cold-water game fish and panfish. Common species are trout, striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, muskellunge and perch. Below the dam, Pohopoco Creek is stocked with trout. Much of the lake's northern shoreline can be reached from Pohopoco Drive. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.

  • Hiking

    The trails of Beltzville State Park follow wooded paths, old roads and mowed walkways through forests, creek valleys, fields and by the lake. Saw Mill Trail, which is just west of the dam breast, offers a diverse historical hike. The trail passes the 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," which is available at the park office.

  • Hunting

    Over 1,707 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, rabbit, pheasant, ruffed grouse and waterfowl. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.

    The adjacent Pennsylvania Game Commission's Beltzville Wildlife Management Project has 469 acres open to hunting.

    Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information

  • Picnicking

    Wooded and open picnic areas are in the Pine Run West Day Use Area, which has modern restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables, parking areas and day use mooring for boats. Playfields are around the wooded picnic area with an ADA accessible children's playground between Picnic Pavilion Four and the beach. Beltzville has four picnic pavilions that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Go online to or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS for reservations. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic pavilions One, Two and Four are ADA accessible.

  • Water Sports

    Skiing is only permitted from sunrise to sunset in the zoned ski area along the south shore of the lake. All boats in this ski area shall operate in a counterclockwise direction. Boats not engaged in skiing must remain outside the ski area while skiing is in progress. A boat may not tow more than one water-ski device on weekends and holidays from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Labor Day. Kite-skiing and parasailing are prohibited. Boats may not exceed 45 mph.

    Swimming: A 525-foot sand beach is open from late-May to Labor Day, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming. A bathhouse is near the beach. Recreational scuba diving is prohibited.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice Fishing: The 949-acre Beltzville Lake is stocked with warm-water and cold-water game fish and panfish. Common species are trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, muskellunge and perch. Contact the park office to determine the ice and snow conditions in advance of any planned outing. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.

    Cross-country Skiing: Many open and rolling fields and nine miles of trail are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

    Iceboating: Iceboats must display a state park launching permit.



Beltzville is five miles east of Lehighton, just off US 209. From the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 74 and follow the signs to the park.

Phone Numbers


(610) 377-0045