Marsh Creek State Park
Marsh Creek State Park is in the rolling hills of north central Chester County. The 1,727-acre park contains the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake, which is a wonderful resource for fishing, sailing and migrating waterfowl.
Picnicking: Several picnic areas containing over 150 picnic tables, restrooms and charcoal grills are available year-round. A children’s playground is near the pool complex and picnic area.
Swimming: The ADA accessible “L” shaped swimming pool and sprayground attracts many visitors. The guarded pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day unless posted otherwise. A snack bar, large grassy area and bathhouse are located at the swimming pool complex. A pavilion is available to rent.
For more information on the pool, pavilion, and swimming lessons please go to www.marshcreekparkpool.com or call 610-458-8535.
Swimming is prohibited in Marsh Creek Lake.
Boating: electric motors permitted
A boat rental concession at the East Launch offers rowboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats and lake tours throughout the summer. Weather permitting, rentals may be offered on weekends during the spring and autumn. 610-458-5040 www.marshcreeklake.com
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.
Fishing: The 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake is an excellent lake to fish for warmwater species. Anglers have landed 40-inch-long tiger muskies. Other species include largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie and a variety of panfish. The lake is designated a big bass lake and specific regulations apply.
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: About 900 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, waterfowl and deer.
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. 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: The trails explore a variety of habitats including forest, field and wetlands. Most of the trails are accessible from the west launch parking area. Use extreme caution when hiking in hunting areas during hunting seasons.
Horseback Riding: Bridle trails and horse trailer parking are on the west side of the park and have loops of various distances. Use extreme caution when riding in hunting areas during hunting seasons.
With an emphasis on families and fun, Hope Springs Farm offers horseback riding lessons, boarding and trail riding. www.hopespringshorsefarm.com
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Sledding: About seven acres of slopes are by the picnic area in the East Launch.
Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
Ice Fishing: Ice fishing is permitted on the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake. The lake is designated a big bass lake and specific regulations apply.
Ice Skating: Ice skating is permitted on the natural ice.
Iceboating: Iceboating is permitted on the natural ice. Iceboats must display a state park mooring or launching permit.
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.