Beltzville State Park
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.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. The beach and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
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. Make online reservations at www.visitPAparks.com or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Saturday, for state park information and reservations. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic pavilions One, Two, and Four are ADA accessible.
Swimming: A 525-foot sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8:00 AM to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming. A bathhouse with showers is near the beach. Recreational scuba diving is prohibited.
A food and refreshment concession at the swimming beach is open daily, weather permitting, during the summer season, Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use the beach, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other handheld, lighted smoking devices.
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Covered Bridge: 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. This bridge was first used by horse and buggy traffic and later by one-lane car traffic. It is now for pedestrian use only.
Boating: unlimited horsepower motors
The lake east of Preachers Camp launch and Pine Run Cove are restricted to “no wake” speed.
Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Launching and Mooring: A three-lane boat launching ramp, ADA accessible courtesy dock, wide gravel beaching area, and parking for cars and trailers are at Pine Run East Launch along the northern shore of the lake. A two-lane launch ramp and parking for cars and boat trailers are at Preacher’s Camp launching area on the southern shore. Seasonal mooring of canoes and kayaks is available at Preacher’s Camp. An ADA accessible courtesy dock in the day use area near the beach is available upon request.
Water-skiing: Skiing is 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.
Boat Rental: A boat rental concession, west of the swimming beach, is open daily during the summer season. It rents kayaks, paddleboats, and small motorboats.
Fishing: The 949-acre Beltzville Lake is stocked with warmwater and coldwater 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. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: 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.
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 through 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.
Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner’s vehicle or enclosed trailer. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 15 miles of trails
Mountain Biking: 2.5 miles of trails
No 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 nine miles of trail are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Ice Fishing: The 949-acre Beltzville Lake is stocked with warmwater and coldwater 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.
Iceboating: Iceboats must display a state park launching permit. Ice thickness in not monitored.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Beltzville State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs March through October. Through guided walks, hands-on activities, and programs, visitors gain appreciation and awareness toward the natural and historical resources. The park’s environmental interpretive center and amphitheater serve as the focal point for interpretive programs conducted at the park. The environmental interpretive center is ADA accessible.
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Tthe 949-acre Beltzville Lake is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl, especially in the spring when rafts of ducks can be seen. The forests of the eastern and western ends of the lake are good habitat for warblers.
Beltzville State Park was developed as a portion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project. The park officially opened in 1972.
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Beltzville State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau (www.800poconos.com).
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.
Adjacent to the park is the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Beltzville Wildlife Management Area 414. Public hunting is permitted during all established seasons. For information contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Northeast Division.
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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.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.86468 Long. -75.629
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Beltzville State Park