Frances Slocum State Park

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Frances Slocum State Park

Pennsylvania

(570) 696-3525

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Overview

Frances Slocum State Park consists of 1,035 acres in northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County. The park is named for Frances Slocum, a young girl who was kidnapped by American Indians. Frances was one of ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Slocum. This Quaker family lived on what is now North Street in Wilkes-Barre. Frances Slocum Lake was created to control flooding. Picnicking areas and the dam were constructed and opened in the spring of 1968. In 1972, Tropical Storm Agnes devastated large areas of the adjacent Wyoming Valley. Frances Slocum State Park was closed to the public and 280 families moved into temporary houses in the park until their homes were restored. After the last family moved out, the park reopened to the public in June, 1974. Frances Slocum Lake is the focal point of the park and forms a horseshoe covering 165 acres. This beautiful lake is perfect for water recreation and is surrounded by many hiking trails.

Map of Frances Slocum (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.339196, -75.891787

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 165-acre Frances Slocum Lake has two boat launches, two mooring areas and courtesy docks. A boat concession rents rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes.

  • Bicycling

    Over four miles of trails are available in the western part of the park. Trails range in difficulty from easiest to more difficult. Bikers should respect other riders and hikers when using designated trails. All mountain biking trails are designated with red blazes.

  • Camping

    A 100-site modern campground, with 15 walk-in tent sites, and 85 tent or trailer sites (some ADA accessible and some with electric hookups), is available from the second Friday in April through the third Sunday in October. Each site contains a picnic table and fire ring. Flush toilets, showers, drinking water, sanitary dump station and boat launch are available. Pets are permitted on designated sites. A camp store, open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, sells food, ice, firewood, fishing bait and camping necessities

  • Fishing

    The 165-acre Frances Slocum Lake is a warm-water fishery. Common species are crappie, bluegill, perch, catfish, muskellunge, pickerel, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye and stocked trout. Ice fishing is permitted. An ADA accessible fishing pier is between Picnic Pavilion Three and the main boat launch.

  • Hiking

    13 miles of trails provide hikers with a variety of options.

  • Historic Sites

    This site has a rich history that is just waiting to be explored. Contact the park for information about guided tours.

  • Hunting

    About 700 acres are open to hunting. 350 acres are open to archery hunting. 350 acres in the west side of the park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, waterfowl, turkey, rabbit and squirrel.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available year-round. Picnic facilities include drinking water fountains, restrooms, garbage and recycling receptacles, charcoal grills and charcoal disposal pits. All areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • RVing

    A 100-site modern campground, with 15 walk-in tent sites, and 85 tent or trailer sites (some ADA accessible and some with electric hookups), is available from the second Friday in April through the third Sunday in October.

  • Water Sports

    The swimming pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. A seasonal snack bar has fast food and beverages.

  • Winter Sports

    When conditions permit, ice skating is permitted on the frozen lake. When conditions permit, the campground road and day-use areas are popular for skiing.

Directions

Driving

The park is five miles from Dallas and ten miles from Wilkes-Barre. From Exit 170B of I-81, take PA 309 north 7.2 miles. Turn right (east) onto Carverton Road and drive for 4.2 miles. Turn left (north) on West 8th Street and drive 1.3 miles. Turn left (west) onto Mt. Olivet Road and drive one mile to the park entrance on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(570) 696-3525

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