Beltzville State Park

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Beltzville State Park

Pennsylvania

(610) 377-0045

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Overview

The 3,002-acre Beltzville State Park is in the southern foothills of the Poconos. Beltzville State Park was developed as a portion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project and officially opened in 1972. Today, this park has grown into a popular destination for visitors to enjoy many recreational activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and swimming. The park offers 15 miles of trails through wooded pathways and old roads. The sand beach and picnic pavilions are also very popular. Boating and swimming attract many people, as well as the dam which creates Beltzville Lake. 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. At the suggestion of local residents, the original covered bridge, built across Pohopoco Creek in 1841 by local craftsman Jacob Buck, has been relocated between the picnic areas and the beach for public use and enjoyment.

Map of Beltzville (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.882193, -75.578405

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Activities

  • 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. A boat rental concession, west of the swimming beach, is open daily during the summer season. It rents kayaks, paddleboats, rowboats, pontoons, and small motorboats.

  • 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.

  • Historic Sites

    The park environmental interpretive center and amphitheater serve as the focal point for interpretive programs conducted by the park environmental education specialist from April through October. The Overlook Rotunda, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is just off Pohopoco Drive and provides a complete view of the dam and the lake. Local fossil specimens, models of the outlet works tower and other exhibits, including a geological history of the area are on display at the rotunda.

  • 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.

  • 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. Beltzville has four picnic pavilions that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.

  • Water Sports

    A 525-foot sand beach is open from late-May to Labor Day, 8 a.m. to sunset.

  • Winter Sports

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

Directions

Driving

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

Phone Numbers

Primary

(610) 377-0045

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