Lake Wallenpaupack is a sprawling, 5700 acre man-made lake located near the town of Hawley on the border of Pike and Wayne Counties in Pennsylvania. It was built in 1927 by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company (now PPL). "The Pack" as it is called by locals and regular visitors, is 13.5 miles long and offers 52 miles of scenic shore.
Interesting Fact: Fans of the NBC sitcom The Office, may recognize the name Lake Wallenpaupack from the infamous booze cruise episode, however, the show was not actually filmed here.
What to Do
Fishing and boating are extremely popular activities on Lake Wallenpaupack. Bass (large mouth and small mouth), Walleye, Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Trout and Striped Bass are among the finned inhabitants of the lake. At the marina, you can rent a boat for fishing, water skiing (the length of The Pack makes it a water skiers paradise!) or just cruising around the lake.
If you prefer to let the driving to someone else, you can still enjoy some time on the lake with a scenic boat tour. Your tour guide will describe the area and the history behind the Pocono Lake Region during your relaxing one-hour long lake cruise. For more information contact Lake Wallenpaupack Boat Tours
Swimming, sunbathing and picnicking can be done at several beaches and recreation areas located at hotels, campsites and public areas. For the more ambitious, there are scenic hiking trails that offer great photo and bird watching opportunities.
When visiting Lake Wallenpaupack, eating was always one of our favorite activities. Sometimes we would pack a picnic lunch to eat while cruising on the lake, but we also enjoyed the novelty of driving the boat to Ehrhardts restaurant on the lake and using the dock-n-dine service. Kids especially seem to love the concept of a drive-in restaurant on water.
Insider Tip: Visit Lake Wallenpaupack over the 4th of July and enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the area. There are great views from boat or at various points along the shore.
Don't rule out a winter trip to The Pack. It is the perfect spot for ice fishing, ice skating and snowmobiling. Several ski resorts are just a short drive away.
Where to Stay
The Wallenpaupack area offers a variety of accommodations including cabins and cottages
, charming bed and breakfasts, luxurious lake side Pocono vacation homes
and full-service resorts.
Camping is also very popular here. PPL maintains four public camping areas, most of which accommodate tents and trailers. The Wilsonville camping area is the largest with 160 sites. It is also adjacent to a public swimming beach (admission fee). Caffrey Camping area is small with 29 sites, but it is popular with sail boaters due to the good prevailing westerlies found here.
PA Scenic Route 6 - Selected by Harley-Davidson as Pennsylvania's Best Touring Road, scenic Route 6 cuts through the heart of the Pocono Lake Region. Search for hidden gems at numerous antique shops and stop by the quaint town of Milford to browse the charming shops and restaurants.
Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions - Hop aboard and see the Pocono Mountains in a whole new way. Various excursions are offered including special theme rides such as the Great Train Robbery, Rail and Raft, Fall Foliage, Murder Mystery and many more!
Downtown Hawley - Shopping, antiques and fun dining in a quaint small town.
Costa's Family Fun Park - Just 3 miles east of Lake Wallenpaupack and offering bumper boats, go karts, miniature golf, water slides, a golf driving range, batting cages, video games and more. The kids will love this place!
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