Promised Land State Park

About 3,000 acres in size, Promised Land State Park is on the Pocono Plateau, 1,800 feet above sea level, and is surrounded by 12,464 acres of Pennsylvania’s Delaware State Forest, including natural areas. Visitors enjoy fishing and boating in two lakes, rustic cabins, camping, miles of hiking trails and exploring the forests.

The forests of the park consist primarily of beech, oak, maple and hemlock trees. Two lakes and several small streams add to the park’s outstanding scenic beauty.

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Hiking   -  Biking   -  Mountain Biking   -  Horseback Riding   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  Orienteering   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Snowmobiling   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating   -  Cabins   -  Camping  

A picnic pavilion overlooks a lake at Promised Land State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: The Picnic Area is by Promised Land Lake and has many picnic tables in a scenic woodland setting. The Picnic Area has parking areas, water, garbage containers, sand volleyball court and restrooms. The Main Beach, boat rental and refreshment stand are all within a short walk.

Two picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prior to arrival, busses must get a permit to be in the picnic area.

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Swimming: There are two sand beaches that are open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. The Main Beach is in the Picnic Area. The Pickerel Point Beach is on the end of Pickerel Point. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming.

All children ten years of age or younger must be accompanied by a person at least 14 years of age. All groups at the beach must meet the state park adult to child ratio requirements for supervision.

Refreshment Stand: Located in the Day Use Area off of PA 390, the Food Concession offers numerous items including pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, pierogies, nachos, pretzels, French fries, chicken nuggets, soda, candy, and ice cream. The Concession is open from the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day through Labor Day from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. 570-676-0311

Boating: electric motors only
The 422-acre Promised Land Lake and the 173-acre Lower Lake have five boat launching areas. Five mooring areas offer a total of 170 mooring spaces rented on a seasonal basis. A boat rental is on Promised Land Lake across from Main Beach and rents rowboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats.

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.

Boat Rental: Located off of PA 390, south of the Day Use Area, the boat concession offers rentals by the hour, day, overnight or week. Types of boats include rowboats, canoes, one and two-person kayaks and paddleboats. Electric motors are available for rent. The Boat Concession operates daily from the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. The Concession also operates the two weekends before Memorial Day and the two weekends after Labor Day. 570-676-4117

A father and son fish from kayaks at Promised Land State Park, Pennsylvania.Fishing: The 422-acre Promised Lake and the 173-acre Lower Lake offer great opportunities for fishing, including ice fishing. The common fish species are largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel, muskellunge, yellow perch, sunfish and catfish. Lower Lake is approved trout waters and is stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout. 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: About 450 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, bear and turkey. Adjacent forestry land has additional areas open to hunting.

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. 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.

Trail System: Designated recreational trails in this area are marked with a vertical blue blaze. At each trail intersection, a sign will designate the trail name, trail uses, equipment permitted, distances, directions, and other pertinent information. Permitted trail usage is designated by international symbols. Any other markings are NOT relevant to this trail system. Additional trail information and descriptions are available at the park office.

A hiking trail winds bwetween fall-colored trees at Promised Land State Park, Pennsylvania.Hiking: 50 miles of trails
There are about 50 miles of hiking trails in Promised Land State Park and the surrounding state forest, providing access to many natural scenic places. Hike Bruce Lake Road to a natural glacial lake, or see the little waterfalls along Little Falls Trail, or walk a loop around Conservation Island. Splendid opportunities exist for nature study, relaxation and exploration.

The trails lead through areas rich in historic and scenic interest. This is especially true from mid-June until mid-July when the mountain laurel and rhododendron are in bloom and again in mid-October at the height of the fall foliage.

Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all hiking trails, except snowmobiles, which are allowed on designated snowmobile trails. Before hiking, let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Take a map, stay on the trails and plan to return before dusk. Wear proper attire and footwear when hiking. Be aware of hunting seasons and hunting areas within the park and wear fluorescent orange clothing during hunting seasons.

Biking: 6.5 miles of roads
Riders share the road on the 6.5-mile paved road around Promised Land Lake. Bicycles are not permitted on hiking trails.

Mountain Biking: Adjacent Delaware State Forest land has trails.

Horseback Riding: Promised Land State Park provides access to selected equestrian trails on state forest lands. Rentals are not available.

Orienteering: Beginner and intermediate orienteering courses are near the Rock Oak Ridge Trailhead, near the Pines Campground.

Stay the Night

Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups
There are four camping areas. All campgrounds are near swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. The maximum stay in all camping areas is fourteen days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Campers must vacate the park for 48 hours before setting up again. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Lower Lake Campground opens in April and closes in December. The Beechwood and Northwoods areas are open from early April through Mid-December. Modern facilities are available Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Rhododendron Area is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please contact the park office for specific dates. Pets are permitted on designated sites.

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The recently remodeled Pickerel Point Campground is on a peninsula on the southern side of Promised Land Lake. Six modern campsites and three camping cottages are open year-round. Walk-in campsites on the lakeshore and other modern sites will be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Pickerel Point Campground now has twelve full hookup sites that include electric, sewer and water hookups on site. These full hookup sites are a first for Pennsylvania State Parks.

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The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.The Pines Campground is at the northwestern end of Promised Land Lake and is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. The restrooms have flush toilets. Pay showers are in the Picnic Area. A trail leads to the Picnic Area and the Main Beach. There are ADA accessible campsites.

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The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Tucked into the trees and rocks, Deerfield Campground is just south of Promised Land Lake and is open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. This rustic area has flush toilets. Pay showers are in the Picnic Area.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 6 host positions
The campground host site has amenities that include 30 or 50-amp electric service. The host is required to assist park personnel for five days per week (40 hours) including weekends with a four-week minimum stay. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Rustic Cabins: Nestled in hemlocks, adjacent to Lower Lake, the Bear Wallow Cabin Colony has twelve rustic rental cabins constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. These rustic cabins each have a fireplace, electricity and an adjacent private bathroom. Up to two dogs are permitted in cabin 11 and 12 for a fee. One cabin is ADA accessible.

Scattered around Promised Land State Park are privately owned cabins on leased land. Please respect the property rights of these cabin owners.

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Winter Activities

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Cross-country ski tracks criss-cross the lake near ice-fishing people at Promised Land State Park, Pennsylvania.Cross-country Skiing: Skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all trails. Bruce Lake Natural Area and Conservation Island are the best trails for skiing.

Snowmobiling: Registered snowmobiles may be used on more than 23 miles of designated snowmobile trails. The trails, which are on both state park and state forest lands, are open daily after the end of deer season in late December, weather permitting. Snowmobile maps are available at the park office.

Ice Fishing: Conditions permitting, ice fishing is popular on both lakes. Bass, pickerel, panfish and on Lower Lake, trout, are the common species captured through the ice.

Ice Skating: Conditions permitting, ice skating occurs on Promised Land Lake. Contact the park office for information.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Spring through fall, school programs are offered on a wide variety of topics and levels. Everyone is invited to our traditional summer weekend campfire programs and guided outdoor recreation programs.

The park has a small museum that features displays of natural features found in the area and artifacts and the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

A one-mile self-guiding interpretive trail is on Conservation Island on Promised Land Lake. A trail guide is available for investigating different habitats of this island.

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This display in the Masker Museum shows a CCC barracks of beds, all at Promised Land State Park, Pennsylvania.The Masker Museum

The Masker Museum at Promised Land State Park is one of the largest Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) museums in the Commonwealth and features interactive stories, displays and artifacts that tell the story of the CCC in Promised Land.

A section of the Masker Museum has natural history displays, including mounted animals (even a large black bear), interactive displays of natural features found in the area, children’s books, field guides, and a bird observation area. The museum also has a native plant garden and bird feeding stations.

The museum is located off of Pickerel Point Road by the amphitheater and Pickerel Point Campground. Admission to the museum is free. The Masker Museum is ADA accessible.

The museum is usually open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The museum is open seven days a week from early July through Labor Day. Please check with the park office to confirm hours.

The Masker Museum is completely volunteer staffed. For information on becoming a museum docent, please contact the park office.

Wind Turbine: The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) installed small-scale wind turbines to show how alternative energy can reduce pollution and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.

For hundreds of years, traditional windmills harnessed wind energy to pump water or grind grain. Today's modern equivalent – the wind turbine – uses wind energy to generate electricity which has far less impact on the environment than energy generation based on fossil fuels.

To see how much energy is generated by the park's small-scale wind turbine, and how much energy is used daily, weekly and monthly visit the wind turbine page.

Access for People with Disabilities

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