Nockamixon State Park


The 5,286-acre Nockamixon State Park is in the rolling hills of scenic Bucks County, close enough to Philadelphia or 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, swimming in the pool, hiking, biking, disc golf, hunting, fishing, and boating.

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Hiking   -  Biking   -  Mountain Biking   -  Horseback Riding   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Disc Golf   -  Boating   -  Windsurfing   -  Whitewater Releases   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Orienteering   -  Education   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Sledding   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating   -  Youth Hostel   -  Cabins  

Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. Fishing and boating is permitted 24 hours a day in designated areas. Some park areas are closed to vehicles in the winter. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

A young family enjoys a picnic by the lake at Nockamixon State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: Picnic tables and charcoal grills are in several areas of the park and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some picnic areas are closed in winter, but Haycock, Tohickon, the Marina, and Three Mile Run areas are open year round. Picnic pavilions by parking lots 1 and 5 may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Pavilions do not have electricity. Modern restrooms are available nearby.

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Swimming: The swimming pool complex includes a 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 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The pool operates on a weekend only schedule from memorial day weekend through the second weekend in June when it shifts to a daily schedule. The pool will resume weekend only operation from mid-August through Labor Day weekend. Check the advisories tab for updates.

Swimming lessons are provided by the lifeguards. The pool is available for party rentals from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Pool admission fee is charged, with reduced rates after 5:45 PM. Seasonal passes and group tickets for non-profit organizations can be purchased at the park office. A valid Pennsylvania identification is needed for resident rates. Swimming Pool Prices

Swimming Pool Brochure (pdf) (422 kb, 7/15)

Swimming is prohibited in Lake Nockamixon.

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Boating: up to 20 hp motors permitted
The 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon has six public launching areas. The marina and Tohickon launch ramps are popular with sailboat, catamaran, and windsurfing enthusiasts. Three Mile Run and Haycock launch facilities are favored for motorboats, kayaks, and inflatable watercraft. Launching facilities are open 24 hours a day. Sleeping on boats on the lake is prohibited.

A sailboat and a fishing boat cruise across the lake at Nockamixon State Park, Pennsylvania.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, a 120-space dry storage area for boats on trailers, and 12 trailer spaces. Because of the tremendous demand for marina space, a waiting list is maintained at the park office for seasonal slips and 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.

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A boat rental concession has canoes, motorboats, rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks, paddle boards, and pontoon boats during the summer season. Call directly to the boat rental for applicable rates and regulations. 215-538-1340

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.

From November 1st through April 30th, anyone on a boat less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket).

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.

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: Conditions permitting, 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 a thrilling run down Tohickon Creek to the Delaware River. Class IV rapids are sometimes achieved. Check the advisories tab for updates.

Explore the Calendar of Events for the exact dates of the releases.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon is a warmwater fishery and classified a Big Bass Lake. Common species are walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, smallmouth and largemouth bass, striped bass hybrids, channel catfish, carp, and various types of panfish. 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.

Loaner fishing rods are available at the park office with valid photo identification.

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, the marina office, and on the park website. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply. Fish Habitat Structures Map

2013 Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye Surveys by PFBC (.pdf, 124 kb)

Fishing is prohibited in these areas:

  • From boat docks, launching or mooring areas, and within 100 feet of these areas
  • Anywhere in the boat rental area and the Marina out to the buoys
  • From bridges
  • Below the spillway to the silt dam
  • Where posted “no fishing”

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.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.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. No live birds may be released for training. Contact the park office for additional information. Hunting is available in the adjacent State Game Lands 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 vehicle or enclosed trailer. 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.


A mother and two toddlers hike on a paved trail at Nockamixon State Park, Pennsylvania.Hiking: The hiking trails of the park explore forests, fields, and the edge of the lake. For the safety of all park users, dogs must be leashed and under physical control while in the park. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Sterner Mill Hiking Area: 1.8 miles, more difficult hiking
The southwest corner of the park has several loop trails that pass near the lake. Hikers can see a small pond, rock outcroppings, lake views, and pass through hardwood forests and pine plantations. These trails are closed to horses.

High Bridge Trail: 1.2 miles, more difficult hiking
This wooded hiking trail runs along both sides of Tohickon Creek from the Weisel Hostel to the High Bridge on PA 563 and Quarry Trail. This trail connects the Sterner Mill Hiking Area with the hostel.

Quarry Trail: 2.65 miles, more difficult hiking
This trail winds through old foundations which are remnants of a summer camp. The trail provides a spectacular view of the lake and an overlook of the old quarry that provided building material for area structures. The trail can be accessed from the Kahagon Road Parking Lot off PA 563 or Old Bethlehem Road.

Old Mill Trail: 5.6 miles, more difficult hiking
This trail crosses the stream at the old mill pond and passes across the top of the stone dam breast. Hikers pass through a mature woodlot, pine plantations, and walk a loop that follows the lake shore. Access the trail from the western terminus of the Paved Bicycle Trail, from the gravel lot on Deerwood Lane, or from Old Bethlehem Road.

Old Haycock Road: 1.3 miles, easiest hiking
This hiking trail is an old road that reaches the lake. The trail begins behind the gate at the Haycock Boat Launch.

Southside of the Lake Trails: 13.5 miles, easiest hiking
Established trails extend most of the way along the south shore of the lake. Park land on this side of the lake is narrow at spots but there still is a two-way “loop” of trails, including Elephant (4.6 miles), Church (5.1 miles), and Mink (3.8 miles) trails, and many parking lots for creating hikes of various lengths.


Biking: 2 miles of trail
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. The western end of the trail features a waterfall and the Old Mill Pond. A spur off the main trail passes by the swimming pool and playground. Horses are prohibited.

Caution:

  • This trail is not a loop
  • The trail has many curves
  • Please exercise caution and be considerate of other riders and walkers when using the trail

Mountain Biking: 10 miles of trails
A 10-mile trail system for mountain bikes is on the east side of Haycock Cove. Trailheads are located off of Tower and South Park roads, and PA 563. Parking is available at the Tower Road and the Haycock Boat Launch parking lots. Horses are prohibited on these trails. Detailed trail maps can be downloaded at www.ridenox.com or picked up at the park office.

Caution:

  • The ten-mile bike trail can be hazardous and slippery
  • Some slopes are steep with rough surfaces
  • The trail is for riders equipped for off-road riding
  • Bikers ride bike trails at their own risk
  • Trails are closed during wet conditions

Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is permitted on roadsides throughout the park and on the following trails: Quarry, Old Mill, and the trails on the south side of the lake. Pedestrians should yield to horses. Horses may be rented at a private establishment near the park. Carriages and vehicles are prohibited on trails, except for approved ADA equipment.


Orienteering: A course in the day use area was made in cooperation with the DVOA, Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (www.dvoa.org). Nockamixon Orienteering Map pdf (1,340 kb, 9/15)


Disc Golfing: An 18-hole course in the Day Use Area begins from Parking Lot 13 by the Children’s Fishing Pond. Loaner discs are available at the park office with valid photo identification.


Stay the Night


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.This wooden cabin is a modern cabin for rent at Nockamixon State Park, Pennsylvania.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. The kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, and microwave. Outdoors is a fire ring, grill, and picnic table. These electrically heated cabins have two bedrooms (sleeps six) or three bedrooms (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. Cabins 1, 2, and 3 allow dogs.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.44756 Long. -75.23415
Cabin Address: 1969 Stover Mill Road, Perkasie, PA 18944

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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


Winter Activities


Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths. Please be safe on the ice.


Cross-country Skiing: The bicycle trail and roads in the closed day use area are open for cross-country skiing. There are also steeper hiking trails in the Sterner Mill Area. Cross-country ski trails are not groomed.


Sledding: The area above the Marina is used for sledding and tobogganing. Park in Lot #13. Do not block gates.


Ice Fishing: Fishing is permitted on the frozen lake surface when conditions are suitable. Ice thickness is not monitored.


Ice Skating: Skating is permitted on the frozen lake surface when conditions are suitable. Ice thickness is not monitored.


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 late spring through fall. Teacher workshops and educational programs for schools are available. Please contact the park office for more information. The Environmental Education Center is only open for programs, check the DCNR calendar of events for a schedule of programs.

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 for the boat tours is required and starts in early April. Please contact the park office.

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Access for People with Disabilities


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