Marsh Creek State Park
Marsh Creek State Park is in the rolling hills of northcentral Chester County. The 1,727-acre park contains the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake, which is great for fishing, sailing and is a reststop for migrating waterfowl.
Picnicking: Two picnic areas containing over 150 picnic tables, restrooms and some charcoal grills are available year-round.
Swimming: The ADA accessible “L” shaped swimming pool and sprayground attracts many visitors. The guarded pool is open 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day unless posted otherwise. A snack bar, sunning area and bathhouse are nearby. A pool-side pavilion is also available for rent. The pool concession offers swimming lessons and summer swimming camps.
For more information on the pool, pavilion, and swimming lessons please go to www.marshcreekparkpool.com or call 610-458-8535.
Boating: electric motors permitted
A boat rental concession at the East Launch offers rowboats, canoes, kayaks, surfboards and sailboats throughout the summer and weather permitting, 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.
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 good to excellent fishing for warm-water species. Anglers have landed 40-inch long tiger muskies (hybrid cross between northern pike and native muskellunge). Other species include largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye and a variety of panfish. The lake is designated a big bass lake and specific regulations 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. Use extreme caution when hiking in hunting areas during hunting seasons.
Horseback Riding: The bridle trails are in the western 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/index.html
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.
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Marsh Creek is a popular place for birding, especially during the spring and fall waterfowl migration.
Marsh Creek State Park was developed to help manage the water resources in the Brandywine Creek Watershed, which drains 330 square miles, most of which are in Chester County.
Frequent flooding, water shortages and lack of recreational opportunities for nearby population centers were problems in the watershed.
The sponsoring agencies all shared the construction costs of the dam and lake. They were: U.S. Soil Conservation Service, Chester County Water Resources Authority, Chester County Commissioners, Chester County Conservation District, the General State Authority and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources).
The Chester County Water Resources Authority and Chester County Commissioners paid for utility and road relocations.
The Chester County Water Resources Authority also acquired the land rights for the project. The Department of Environmental Resources acquired the land around the lake for recreation from the Water Resources Authority for approximately $1.1 million. Project 70 bond funds were used to acquire the land at this site.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania constructed and operates the recreational facilities.
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The park is about two miles west of the village of Eagle on PA 100. Access to the park from the Downingtown Exit 312 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is via PA 100 north. At Eagle, signs direct you to the park.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.06805 Long. -75.71925
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Marsh Creek State Park