The key to surviving a heatwave in the Lehigh Valley is spending your time outdoors in the water. If you’re looking for something more laid back and close to home rather than heading down to the Jersey Shore, we have you covered! The Lehigh Valley isn’t short on scenic views, which include many of the areas state parks and man-made lakes. So, pack up the kids, towels and sunscreen and check out my list of area lakes where you can stay cool this summer – close to home!
The 3,002-acre Beltzville State Park is in the southern foothills of the Poconos. Pohopoco Creek, an excellent trout stream, feeds the 949-acre Beltzville Lake, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and is a destination for boaters and anglers. The sand beach and picnic pavilions are very popular.
A 525-foot sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8:00 A.M. to sunset.
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2950 Pohopoco Drive
Franklin and Towamensing Townships
The 117-acre lake provides fishing from boats or shore. Sailboats up to 17 feet and small electric motors are permitted. Swimming and bathing are prohibited. A 4 mile trail around the lake provides beautiful views and nature study, as well as seasonal hiking and cross country skiing opportunities.
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8502 Pleasure Court
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, swimming in the pool, hiking, biking, disc golfing, hunting, fishing, and boating.
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1542 Mountain View Drive
Dutch Springs features a 50-acre lake in a natural setting full of endless fun located north of Bethlehem! It is spring-fed from an underground aquifer that filters through limestone to provide excellent visibility. With many inflatables on the water, children and adults will share splashes and smiles in the best Aqua Park in the region!
For more water fun, Scuba Diving is a popular sport below the surface, with attractions including a school bus, fire truck, trolley and many types of aircraft at depths up to 100 feet. Interested in learning how to scuba dive? Take our Discover Scuba introductory program! For adventure on land, tackle Sky Challenge, our climbing wall and high ropes adventure course!
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4733 Hanoverville Road
Lower Nazareth Township
Known for its popular camping area, Locust Lake State Park nestles on the side of Locust Mountain. The 52-acre Locust Lake is located between two campgrounds and is surrounded by beautiful forests. Hiking and fishing are popular activities in the 1,772-acre park.
The sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8:00 A.M. to sunset.
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220 Locust Lake Road