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Best Lakes to Visit Near Poconos, PA

Sunset on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Summer

The Poconos have always been a popular summer getaway with lush forests, beautiful hills, serene lakes and world class water parks. What better way to beat the heat this summer than exploring some of the best lakes this region has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat or for some aquatic adventures, the Poconos offers a plethora of options. Keep reading to discover some of the best lakes to visit near Poconos, PA.

  1. Lake Wallenpaupack

Sunset on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Summer
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Lake Wallenpaupack is the third-largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania and the most popular lake in the Poconos. With nearly 52 miles of shorelines, gorgeous blue waters, and surrounded by lush green hills, it is perfect for a summer getaway. Lake Wallenpaupack is widely known for its boating; you can rent different types of boats and enjoy the lake. You cannot miss the tour offered by Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tour & Boat Rentals, which is the only tour company on the lake. Lake Wallenpaupack is also a wonderful spot for swimming and fishing. You can also explore the lake on your own on a kayak or a paddleboard.

You can enjoy the lake during the winter as well, as it is a hotspot for skating and snowmobiling.

  1. Beltzville Lake


Beltzville lake
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Beltzville lake is in Beltzville state park and is 3 miles long spanning 949 acres. The dam this lake rests on was built by the Army Corps of Engineers to control flooding and to provide water.

This lake is a sought-after fishing spot and is stocked with species like trout, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, muskellunge, perch, and chain pickerel. Ice fishing is also practiced here during the winter.

You can enjoy boating on this lake as most recreational boats are allowed and the speed limit is 45 mph, so have fun! If you’re up for it you can enjoy water skiing in the zoned ski area.

There’s also a 525 feet sand beach at this lake, perfect for relaxing and lounging. This beach also has showers, a first-aid building, and a food stand. Beltzville lake beach is open from late May to mid-September. If you’re looking for something beyond water and beaches, then there are 15 miles of hiking trails nearby.

  1. Lake Harmony

Lake harmony is a glacial lake with pristine waters fed by the nearby mountains. The landmark has been a popular getaway since the 1900s. It is great for activities like boating,…

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