Beltzville State Park in Eastern Pennsylvania in the foothills of the Poconos has over 3,000 acres of outdoor recreation space. Pohopoco Creek, which feeds the 949-acre Beltzville Lake, is a popular destination for visitors and wildlife alike.
Beltzville State Park has 15 miles of trails that vary in length and path surface; some are old roads or mowed walkways through the forests, fields, and by the lake. Saw Mill Trail offers a diverse historical hike that passes remains of a gristmill raceway, dam, small ponds, and an old quarry from the 1700s. The Falls Trail passes Wild Creek Falls.
On the lake, visitors can swim, fish, and boat. For swimming, there is a 525-foot sandy beach open between late May and mid-September from 8 AM to sunset. Swimming is at own risk since there is no lifeguard on duty. There is a bathhouse near the beach that has showers, and a concession open daily between Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.
Most types of boats are allowed on the lake, but the speed limit is 45 mph. There are a boat launch and beaching area, as well as parking for cars and trailers. Fishing on the lake may yield trout, striped and largemouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, or perch.
Pohopoco Creek is stocked with trout. During the winter, ice fishing is permitted, and the lake is stocked with warm water and coldwater fish such as trout, striped, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, and perch. Ice fishing is at own risk since ice thickness is not monitored.
Beltzville State Park is open all year-round, sunrise to sunset. Although you are not supposed to camp in the park, the office has information about other nearby camping areas. There are no fees for entrance or day-use to any Pennsylvania state park.
Pets are permitted in Pennsylvania state parks in day-use areas and all other areas not off-limits to pets. Your dog is not permitted inside buildings or in the swimming areas. Dogs have to remain under control at all times, either on a leash or inside a crate. Tethers aren’t allowed, and pets cannot be left unattended.
If you are in Eastern Pennsylvania and looking for a place to spend the day on the water or on a hike, Beltzville State Park has something for everyone.