Lackawanna State Park encompasses a total area of 1,445 acres and is situated in the State of Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County, Benton, and North Abington Townships. The park is named after the Lackawanna River which means "stream that forks" among the indigenous Lenni Lenape people of the Northeastern Woodlands.
There are several ways to get to the park but the easiest route is through the I-81 taking Exit 199 and traveling three miles west on PA 524. If you use U.S. Routes 6 and 11 then you should travel along PA 438 East until about three miles before getting to PA 407, where you should turn left to get to the main office or turn right to get to the Day Use area and campground.
Lake Lackawanna is the central focus of recreation at this protected state park and is popular for boating, fishing, and ice skating. This man-made lake covers a total area of 198-acres. Other recreational activities at the park include hunting (restricted to 500 acres) and plenty of hiking-only trails. The trails cut through several areas of the park and pass by streams, the lake, fields, and forests. Guided hikes are also available, and these hikes include points of interest based on the season.
Lackawanna State Park has a 61-site campground that is available for those that want to camp or have a picnic or for those that want to make use of the swimming pool that is located within walking distance from the lake. The campsite has a modern washhouse with restrooms, hot-water showers, and electrical hook-ups. Some of these campgrounds have areas set aside for dogs.Generally, dogs are allowed in Day Use areas of the park and along forest trails as long as the dog is kept on a leash. No dogs are allowed in the swimming pool area. Additionally, the dog must always be attended to and each adult can only handle a maximum of two dogs. Dog waste bags are provided so that you can clean up after your furry friend right away and if your dog gets thirsty then there is plenty of water made available for dogs in the park.