Memorial Lake State Park

Memorial Lake State Park’s 230 acres is 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.

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.

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) passes by the butterfly field and the Locust Grove.

Hillside Trail (0.25 mile) leads from the Overlook to a fishing access area and terminates at Memorial Lake Road.

Lakeside Trail (0.2 mile) follows the lake shoreline through the mooring area and joins Overlook Trail.

Overlook Trail (0.6 mile) continues through the Hemlock Grove, across the dam breast to a scenic view of the lake.

Woodland Trail (0.6 mile) winds through a wooded wetland

Winter Activities

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

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.