Nockamixon State Park
The 5,286-acre Nockamixon State Park is in the rolling hills of scenic Bucks County, close enough to Philadelphia for a day trip, but far enough away for a vacation. Tohickon Creek, Three Mile Run and Haycock Run feed the 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and a destination for boaters and anglers. Visitors can stay the night in a cabin or enjoy the many activities of the park for the day. Popular activities are picnicking, visiting the pool, hiking, biking and boating.
Hiking - Biking - Mountain Biking - Horseback Riding - Picnicking - Swimming - Disc Golf - Boating - Windsurfing - Whitewater Releases - Fishing - Hunting - Education - Cross-country Skiing - Sledding - Ice Fishing - Ice Skating - Youth Hostel - Cabins
Park visitors enjoy a variety of activities throughout the year. Most park areas are open sunrise to sunset. Fishing and boating is permitted 24 hours a day in designated areas. Some park areas are closed to vehicles in the winter, but some picnicking areas, fishing areas, trails and cabins are open year-round.
Picnicking: Picnic tables and charcoal grills are in several areas of the park and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A pavilion can be rented. Some picnic areas are closed in winter, but Haycock, Tohickon, the Marina and Three Mile Run areas are open year-round.
Make a reservation.
Swimming: The swimming pool complex includes a one-half acre main pool with two waterslides, a shallow end with fountains for children, dressing rooms, first aid station and snack bar. Weather permitting, the summer hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The pool opens for the Memorial Day weekend then weekends only until the second weekend in June when it begins seven days a week operation. The pool is typically closed on weekdays beginning mid-August and then reopens for weekends including Labor Day which is the end of the pool season. Check the Park Advisories on this website for updates.
An admission fee is charged, with reduced rates after 5:45 p.m. Seasonal passes and group tickets for non-profit organizations can be purchased at the park office. Swimming lessons and water aerobics classes are provided by the lifeguards. The pool is available for party rentals.
Swimming is prohibited in Lake Nockamixon.
Boating: up to 20 hp motors permitted
In addition to having the largest launch ramp in the park, the Marina has docking facilities for 648 boats up to 24 feet in length and a 120-space dry storage area for boats on trailers. Because of the tremendous demand for marina space a waiting list is maintained at the park office for seasonal slips or dry storage spaces. Marina slips may be rented on a short-term basis as available. Contact the marina office or park office for additional information and applicable rates. A boat rental concession has canoes, motorboats, rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and pontoon boats during the summer season. Call directly to the boat rental for applicable rates and regulations.
Explore the marina map.
A boat rental concession has canoes, motorboats, rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and pontoon boats during the summer season. Call directly to the boat rental for applicable rates and regulations.
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.
Established in 1974, the Nockamixon Sailing Club organizes activities for sailing on Lake Nockamixon. The club serves both racing and cruising sailors with a full calendar of events from April to November each year. www.nockamixonsailclub.org
Windsurfing: Tohickon Boat Launch is popular for windsurfing. All boating regulations apply to wind surfboards, including the permits listed above.
Whitewater Releases: Water is released from the dam on the first full weekend of November and the third weekend in March. The release provides an opportunity for whitewater enthusiasts to experience the thrilling run down Tohickon Creek to the Delaware River.
Explore the Calendar of Events for the exact dates of the releases.
Fishing: The 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon is a warm-water fishery. Common species are walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, smallmouth and largemouth bass, striped bass hybrids, channel catfish, carp and various types of panfish. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.
There is a fishing pier at the midpoint of the lake in the Day Use Area and an ADA accessible fishing platform near the Haycock Boat Launch.
Volunteers, park employees and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission employees have installed fish habitat structures throughout the lake. A map showing the structures, water depths and specific features of the lake is available at the park office and the marina office. Fish Habitat Structures Map
Fishing is Prohibited in these Areas:
Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: About 3,500 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit and turkey. All of Nockamixon is included in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Special Regulations Area for Southeastern Pennsylvania. Certain park areas are open to archery hunting only. Contact the park office for additional information. Hunting is available in the adjacent State Game Land 157.
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. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 35 miles of trails
Sterner Mill Hiking Area: 1.5 miles
High Bridge Trail: 2.5 miles
Quarry Trail: 2.5 miles
Old Mill Trail: 2.5 miles
Old Haycock Road: 1 mile
Southside of the Lake Trails:
Biking: The popular paved bicycle trail winds through the Day use Area and is ideal for bicycles, strollers, wheelchairs and walkers. The eastern end of the trail begins at the Marina, which offers parking and great views of the lake. At the western end of the trail is a waterfall and the Old Mill Pond. A spur off the main trail passes two workout stations on the way to the swimming pool and playground.
Mountain Biking: 10 miles of trails
Horseback Riding: 14 miles of trails
Disc Golfing: An 18-hole course in the Day Use Area begins from Parking Lot 13 by the Children’s Fishing Pond.
Modern Cabins: Located on the south side of Lake Nockamixon, ten modern cabins are available for rent year-round. Each cabin contains a furnished living area, kitchen/dining area and toilet/shower room. Outdoors is a fire ring, grill and picnic table. These electrically heated cabins are two-bedroom (sleeps six) or three-bedroom (sleeps 8). Cabin 6 is ADA accessible. Renters must provide their own bed linens, towels, cookware, tableware and first aid kit. In the summer, cabins must be rented by the week. For the remainder of the year, the minimum stay is two nights.
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Hostel: The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation operates the Weisel Hostel along the Tohickon Creek in the northwest corner of the park. The hostel provides excellent overnight accommodations for hikers and bicyclists. For membership or reservations, contact the house parents at: Weisel Hostel, 7347 Richlandtown Road, Quakertown, PA 18951, 215-536-8749. www.buckscounty.org
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Ice conditions can vary widely. Visitors are advised to use extreme caution when venturing onto the ice.
Cross-country Skiing: The bicycle trail and the roads in the closed day use area are open for cross-country skiing. There are also steeper hiking trails in the Sterner Mill Area.
Sledding: The area above the marina is used for sledding and tobogganing.
Ice Fishing: Fishing is permitted on the frozen lake surface when conditions are suitable. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
Ice Skating: Skating is permitted on the frozen lake surface when conditions are suitable. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Nockamixon State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education, interpretive and recreational programs. Through guided walks, hands-on educational activities, children’s programs and evening programs, visitors gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
Programs are offered during the school year. Teacher workshops and educational programs for schools are available. Please contact the park office for more information.
Pontoon boat tours of the lake board at the Marina. These tours provide a history of the park and views of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Preregistration is required for the boat tours; please contact the park office.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.
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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.