Memorial Lake State Park


Memorial Lake State Park’s 230 acres are near the base of Blue Mountain in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County. The park is surrounded by Fort Indiantown Gap, the headquarters for the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Boating   -  Sailing   -  Fishing   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating  


A family reunion enjoys a picnic pavilion at Memorial Lake State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Picnicking: Three day use areas are on the north shore of the lake. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are provided in shady groves, along the shoreline and at areas that provide scenic views of the lake.

Memorial Lake has two picnic pavilions that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Pavilions accommodate up to 70 people and have charcoal grills, 15 amp electrical service (with reservation) and trash/recycling cans. Middle Road Picnic Pavilion is ADA accessible.

Playfields are available near the picnic areas for softball, volleyball and other sports. Two children’s play areas are also available. A one-mile exercise course is in the eastern portion of the park. The course begins and ends at the Middle Road parking area using the Grassland, Overlook and Lakeside trails.

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Boating: electric motors only
The 85-acre Memorial Lake has two boat launch ramps and an ADA accessible fishing dock. Eight boat racks and 48 shoreline spaces for overnight mooring are reserveable April through October.

A boat rental has canoes, paddleboats, rowboats, and kayaks from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

A man in a kayak fishes in Memorial Lake State Park, Pennsylvania.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.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The 85-acre Memorial Lake supports warm-water fish species including bass, muskellunge, northern pike, yellow perch, white and black crappie, and various species of pan fish and carp. Anglers can access the lake from shoreline, by wading, or by boat. A shoreline fishing access area is along Hillside Trail. An ADA accessible fishing pier is in the Middle Road Day Use Area. No fishing zones include the boat concession area through mooring area, across the dam bridge and dam breast.

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.


Visitors enjoy a pleasant walk on the dam of Memorial Lake State Park, Pennsylvania.Hiking: 2 miles of trails
The open nature of the park allows visitors to take casual walks through most of the park. Scenic views of the lake provide a tranquil setting, especially during spring and autumn.

All hiking trails are easy walking due to the flat and wide stone surface.

Grassland Trail: 0.4 mile, easiest hiking
This open, sunny trail wanders through the Butterfly Field. It can be accessed from both Middle Road and Upper Road parking lots.

Hillside Trail: 0.25 mile, easiest hiking
Starting from the Overlook parking lot, this walk through the trees ends at the Hillside fishing area.

Lakeside Trail: 0.2 mile, easiest hiking
This walk follows along the lake, leading to a grove of hemlocks. This trail also provides areas for picnicking and fishing. The trailhead is located off the Middle Road parking lot.

Overlook Trail: 0.6 mile, easiest
hiking Enjoy a view of the entire lake from the dam. This trail connects with Lakeside and Grassland trails. The overlook parking lot has access to fishing and picnic areas and is a great place for photography.

Woodland Trail: 0.6 mile, easiest hiking
Meandering along the lake and through woodlands, this trail crosses over Indiantown Run, the main feeder stream to the lake. The trail extends from the Middle Road parking lot to the Lower Road parking lot.


Winter Activities


Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.

Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry safety equipment.


Cross-country Skiing: The easy rolling terrain and open nature of the park lends itself to excellent opportunities for short distance cross-country ski trips for the novice and experienced skier.


Ice Fishing: The 85-acre Memorial Lake is open for ice fishing except for the ice skating area. Muskellunge, northern pike, perch and catfish are common species caught through the ice.


Ice Skating: A one-acre area is available for ice skating in the Middle Road boat launch/mooring cove.


Access for People with Disabilities


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.