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.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
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.
Boating: electric motors only
A boat rental has canoes, paddleboats, rowboats, and kayaks from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
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 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.
Memorial Lake Depth Color Map (.pdf) (1,778 kb, 8/15)
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.
Hiking: 2 miles of trails
All hiking trails are easy walking due to the flat and wide stone surface.
Grassland Trail: 0.4 mile, easiest hiking
Hillside Trail: 0.25 mile, easiest hiking
Lakeside Trail: 0.2 mile, easiest hiking
Overlook Trail: 0.6 mile, easiest
Woodland Trail: 0.6 mile, easiest hiking
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 thickness is not monitored.
Ice Skating: A one-acre area is available for ice skating in the Middle Road boat launch/mooring cove. Ice thickness is not monitored.
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.