One of Pennsylvania's largest reservoirs built in 1926, stunning Lake Wallenpaupack is 13 miles long with 52 miles of uninterrupted shoreline, encompassing 5,700 acres.
Lake Wallenpaupack activities are as far-reaching as its sprawling shoreline and sure to please the whole family. The lake is bordered by the charming small town of Hawley to the north and many more local hubs like Tafton, Paupack, Greentown and Lakeville, all harboring great attractions, restaurants and shops. Explore six public recreation areas featuring hundreds of acres of forest lands, wildlife, walking trails, campsites and boat slips. Outfitters offer kayaks, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skies and boats to help you make the most of your experience. Read our blog for eight activities to do around Lake Wallenpaupack to get you started.
When in the area, stop by the Lake Wallenpaupack Pocono Mountains Visitors Center located on Route 6. Get information and recommendations from our area experts, view the lake through our free spotting scope or even take advantage of the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program.
After a full day of fun on water, you’ll need a place to rest and recharge. Lake Wallenpaupack’s wide array of accommodations ensures you’ll find the perfect place to lay your head. From boutique hotels with impressive in-house dining to cabins and family campgrounds within view of the water, Lake Wallenpaupack is packed with places to stay.
Head to the lake for amazing outdoor adventures all through the year! Visitors can enjoy a sunset from the Wallenpaupack Lake Trail or arrange a fishing expedition with Troll On Guide Service or Ray’s Charter Guide Service. Take a spring or fall weekend cruise with Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours & Rentals, which also runs cruises and offers rentals daily mid-June through Labor Day. Lacawac Sanctuary, encompassing 550 acres on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack, is a great place to explore and learn about local flora and fauna.
Summer sun fuels on-water adventures including swimming, paddleboarding and jet skiing. Palmyra Township Public Beach is open to the public and an ideal spot to enjoy some splash time. Launch your own boat from access areas at Mangan Cove, Caffrey, Ironwood Point, Ledgedale and Wilsonville or rent a vessel at local outfitters like The Boat Shop, Pocono Action Sports at Lighthouse Harbor Marina, Rubber Duckie Boat Rentals and more. There are also plenty of full-service marinas offering sales and services, including 1st Klas Marina, Pine Crest Marina and Sterling Marina.
When it comes to family fun, there’s no place like the Big Lake! Outdoor adventures abound, from swimming and boating to hiking and biking. The area’s array of family-friendly attractions ensures you’ll never run out of things to do. All ages will love a visit to Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park or Costa's Family Fun Park, while teens and adults can test their aim and throwing arms at Pocono Axe Works. Take in local history and culture at one of the Wallenpaupack Historical Society's three locations.
Shop for souvenirs, sailing supplies, sweet treats and more on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack. Browse antiques and artwork at Der Jaeger Unique Arts or bring the lake life back home with you with home decor and apparel from Lake Art.
Whether you'll be docking and dining at The Boat House Restaurant or The Dock on Wallenpaupack or diving into local cuisine at Gresham's Chop House or local hops at Wallenpaupack Brewing Company, there are lots of great restaurants to try in the area. Stop by 507 Country Store for homemade baked goods and an array of international foods or Gresham's Ice Cream Shoppe for a classic cone to enjoy as you stroll along the shore!
When the weather turns cold, Lake Wallenpaupack transforms into a frozen playground. Top outdoor activities include ice skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. There's also great skiing, riding and tubing nearby.
Looking to get in some golf time? Nearby resorts offer manicured 18-hole and miniature golf courses. Take in views of the lake as you play a round on Paupack Hills Golf Course.
At our Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, the public can borrow rods, reels and a tackle box full of hooks and other terminal tackle. Think of it like a library loan; you're just checking out angling gear instead of books! We ask that would-be anglers complete a form, and we do request a copy of your driver's license for our records.
As a partnership between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the American Sportfishing Association and sponsors, this program is designed to make it easy for anyone to access fishing tackle. New rods and reels were provided by Cabela’s in 2015. Whether you're giving fishing a try for the first time or coming back to a favorite childhood activity, a return to the sport on Lake Wallenpaupack may get you hooked for life. This equipment may also be loaned to groups conducting angler education programs in the community. Note the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.