Codorus State Park

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Codorus State Park

Pennsylvania

(717) 637-2816

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Overview

The 3,452-acre Codorus State Park is in the rolling hills of southern York County. The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg has 26 miles of shoreline and is a reststop for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. The impoundment of Codorus Creek was the result of a cooperative project between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Glatfelter Paper Company of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. This undertaking was the first of its kind in the Commonwealth and was designed to serve the water supply needs of a private industry and the town of Spring Grove, and to provide a public recreation area. The Glatfelter Paper Company constructed the dam and still owns and runs the dam. The gates first closed, impounding water, in December of 1966. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acquired the park land in 1965-1966. Originally the park was known as Codorus Creek State Park. Lake Marburg is named for the small community of Marburg that is covered by the lake. The Glatfelter Paper Company and the town of Spring Grove are permitted to draw water from the lake for their needs. This means that the lake water level can drop over 22 feet in a summer, only to rise with rainfall. Codorus State Park has many different habitats, like forests, fields, wetlands, and a large lake, which make it a great place to see wildlife. The lake is a magnet for birds, especially migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. In the spring and fall, ruddy ducks, mergansers and scaups often float in large flotillas in the middle of the lake. Near the edges of the lake are grebes, coots and wigeon. Yellowlegs, dunlins and sandpipers frequent the mudflats of the lake to rest and refuel. The lake is also popular with sailboaters and motorboaters. Anglers love the lake for warm water fishing and can also fish Codorus Creek for trout. Picnicking, swimming in the pool and camping are popular activities, among many other things.

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Latitude, Longitude: 39.790302, -76.904194

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg has seven boat launch ramps around the lake. All are open to the public, but the campground launch is only for the use of registered campers. 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. The boat rental in the Marina Day Use Area offers pontoon boats, motorboats (20 horsepower), canoes, kayaks and paddleboats and is open during the boating season. Personal water crafts (i.e. Jet Skis) are not allowed on the lake.

  • Bicycling

    The designated 195-acre Mountain Biking Area is on the northern shore of the park. The trails crisscross forests and climb short hills. During hunting seasons, bikers should wear fluorescent orange for safety. Please respect other trail users.

  • Camping

    The campground opens the second Friday in April and closes November 1. There are about 190 campsites which are suitable for tents or recreational vehicles up to 50 feet in length. Many campsites have electric hookups. Seven campsites with electricity can accommodate people with disabilities. Fifteen sites are available for tents only. Hot showers, flush toilets, boat launch, shoreline mooring and a sanitary dump station are available. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the maximum stay in the campground is 14 consecutive nights. Located in the campground, the three cottages sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets.

  • Climbing

    Climbing is not offered here.

  • Fishing

    The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg is a warm water fishery. Popular species are yellow perch, bluegill, northern pike, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, muskellunge and tiger muskellunge. Bow fishing is permitted in the shallow cove areas. Lake Marburg is in the Big Bass Program. Large and smallmouth bass must be a minimum of 15 inches long to be harvested and the daily limit is four fish of either species, combined.

  • Golfing

    The site of the 2005 and 2010 state championships, Codorus Disc Golf Course is rated one of the most challenging courses in Pennsylvania. The course is just inside of the entrance to the Marina Day Use Area and affords views of the lake. The 54 holes have paved tees and are spread through fields and forests. On the west side of Marina Road is a nine-hole, mini disc golf course for children. During the summer, golf discs can be purchased at the marina concession building.

  • Hiking

    Codorus State Park provides 19 miles of trails. Although the park only has two "hiking only" trails, many miles of equestrian and mountain biking trails can also be hiked.

  • Horseback Riding

    Ranger Trail travels over rolling hills, through forests and fields, crosses streams and passes near Lake Marburg. There are many views of the lake, including Ranger Overlook which has benches and hitching posts.

  • Hunting

    About 2,800 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel and waterfowl.

  • Picnicking

    There are three picnic areas in the park. Restrooms and some charcoal grills are in each area.

  • RVing

    There are about 190 campsites which are suitable for tents or recreational vehicles up to 50 feet in length. Many campsites have electric hookups. Seven campsites with electricity can accommodate people with disabilities.

  • Water Sports

    Due to the volume of boat traffic on Lake Marburg, scuba diving is only permitted in Sinsheim Cove, in the east side of the park. Divers must register and show their certification at the park office before diving, then sign out at the park office after diving. Divers must use the buddy system and a diving flag for safety. The pool and sprayground sit on a bluff overlooking Lake Marburg. The pool has a ramp for people with disabilities. The summer hours are 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

  • Winter Sports

    Registered snowmobiles may use 6.5 miles of trails in the 195-acre Mountain Biking Area on Bankert Road. Snowmobiling is permitted only after antlered deer season in late December. There are 6.5 miles of trails in the 195-acre Mountain Biking Area on Bankert Road. Skiers may also use the fields of the Marina, Main Launch and the campground. A 500-foot sledding slope is at the upper end of Chapel Cove, just off of PA 216. Park in Chapel Cove and walk along PA 216 to the park entrance sign and the trail to the slope. When conditions allow, a 10-acre area in Chapel Cove, near the restrooms, is available for ice skating.

Directions

Driving

From I-83, take Exit 8. Go 18 miles west on PA 216 to the park. From PA 116, go through Hanover. Turn right onto PA 216 east and go three miles to the park.

Phone Numbers

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(717) 637-2816

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