Lackawanna State Park
The 1,445-acre Lackawanna State Park is in northeastern Pennsylvania, ten miles north of Scranton. The centerpiece of the park, the 198-acre Lackawanna Lake, is surrounded by picnic areas and multi-use trails winding through forest. Boating, camping, fishing, biking and swimming are popular recreation activities.
Hiking - Mountain Biking - Horseback Riding - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Education - Cross-country Skiing - Sledding - Ice Fishing - Ice Skating - Organized Group Tenting - Camping Cottages - Yurts - Camping
Picnicking: Much of the main picnic area overlooks the lake. Grills and modern restrooms are throughout the area. Additional, smaller picnic areas can be found at the Bullhead Bay Boat Launch and States Creek Mooring Area on the northern and southern ends of the lake.
Two picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If not reserved, the pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Swimming: The 160-foot diameter pool is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. A bathhouse and snack bar are adjacent to the pool.
Boating: electric motors only
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.
Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Fishing: The 198-acre Lackawanna Lake has cold-water and warm-water fish. Common fish are trout, muskellunge, walleye, channel catfish, bullhead, pickerel and largemouth bass. The 2.5-mile long lake has more than 7.5 miles of shoreline. The fishing pier by the main boat launch is ADA accessible. The 3-acre Trostle Pond, in the northern end of the park, is open to youth fishing only (ages 12 and under) and hosts a variety of warm-water species.
Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: Over 900 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, pheasant and grouse. Additional areas in and around the campground are open for specific hunting seasons only. Contact the park office for details.
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 car, trailer or leased campsite. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 18 miles of trails
Mountain Biking: 15 miles of trails
Horseback Riding: The multi-use trails can be used by horseback riders. Abington Trail is recommended. Trailer parking is available in the northeastern section of the park along Wallsville Road (PA 438).
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 2 host positions
Camping Cottages: Three camping cottages are in the Carpentertown Loop. Camping cottages feature wooden walls and floors, windows, porch, and electric lights and outlets. Each cottage sleeps five people in a single bunk and a single/ double bunk.
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Yurts: Two yurts are in the Carpentertown Loop. Yurts are round, Mongolian-style tents on a wooden deck. They feature a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table chairs, electric heat and outlets, and sleep four or five people in bunk beds.
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Organized Group Tenting: Three areas with a combined capacity of 160 people are open April through October to adult and youth groups. This area has a modern washhouse along with picnic tables, fire rings and water. Advance reservations are required.
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Ice under the bridge is UNSAFE all winter!
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Cross-country Skiing: All trails can be cross-country skied, although Lakeview and most trails in the campground and picnicking areas are recommended.
Sledding: The gentle slopes by Pavilion 1 are recommended for sledding.
Ice Fishing: Most of the 198-acre Lackawanna Lake is open for ice fishing, except for the ice skating area, under the PA 407 bridge and near the dam/spillway. Common fish are trout, muskellunge, walleye, pickerel, perch and largemouth bass.
Ice Skating: The maintained ice skating area is in the cove just south of the fishing pier. The ice is cleared and depth is measured. Contact the park office for ice conditions.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Programming is available year-round at Lackawanna State Park. The environmental education specialist provides services to schools, communities and park visitors. Educational programs include Watershed Education, teacher in-service credit workshops, community programs, curriculum consultation and resource services. Summertime programming includes DiscoverE and weekend interpretive programs. For further information about environmental education at Lackawanna State Park call 570-945-7110.
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Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.