Beltzville State Park 'Washington Falls' © Marty Straub
Not sure of the real name, but there is that moss-covered rock face that resembles George Washingtons profile.
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USA Parks
Northeast Region
Beltzville State Park
2950 Pohopoco Dr.
Lehighton, Pennsylvania   18235

Phone: 610-377-0045
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
Beltzville State Park
'Washington Falls'
© Marty Straub


Not sure of the real name, but there is that moss-covered rock face that resembles George Washingtons profile.

Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park
'Interesting Way'
© Marty Straub


Beltzville State Park
'T Rex Bridge'
© Marty Straub


Again we could use some help with the real name. I use this one because of the downed tree at the turn that resembles a head of T-Rex.

Beltzville State Park


Beltzville State Park
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Beltzville State Park
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Beltzville State Park
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Beltzville State Park
'wooly haiku'


Beltzville State Park
'red gold trail'


Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park
'Granite Moss Falls'
© Marty Straub


Since my great-graqndmother was part Indian, I claim the right to give them names until someone helps me with the given one.

In Carbon County, the 2,972-acre Beltzville State Park is developed around the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project, Beltzville Dam. Beltzville Lake is 949 acres with a shoreline of 19.8 miles. The park is along the Pohopoco Creek with recreation areas around the lake.

Recreational facilities are a result of a cooperative effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Bureau of State Parks and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
A 525-foot sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming when lifeguards are off-duty. A bathhouse with showers and a first aid building are near the beach. First aid is available at the park office during the off-season. Recreational scuba diving is prohibited. A food and refreshment concession at the swimming beach is open daily, weather permitting, during the summer season, Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The 949-acre Beltzville Lake has a maximum boating speed of 45 miles per hour. Most types of recreational boats are permitted on the lake. Please check with the park office if there is a question as to the type of watercraft permitted. It is unlawful to operate a boat equipped with inboard engines with out-of-the-transom or straight stack type exhausts, wet or dry. Sleeping overnight on watercraft is prohibited. Day use mooring is not permitted in the boat rental cove area. The areas east of Preacher?s Camp launch and Pine Run Cove are excellent for canoeing and other non-powered watercraft.

The areas east of Preachers Camp launch and Pine Run Cove are restricted to ?no wake? speed.

Boat Rental:

A boat rental concession, west of the swimming beach, is open daily during the summer season and weekends in May and September. It rents paddleboats, canoes, rowboats, pontoons, and small and large motorboats.

Launching and Mooring:

A three-lane boat launching ramp, accessible courtesy dock, wide gravel beaching area, and parking for cars and trailers are at Pine Run East Launch along the northern shore of the lake. A two-lane launch ramp and parking for cars and boat trailers are at Preacher?s Camp launching area on the southern shore. Seasonal mooring of canoes is available at Preacher?s Camp. An accessible courtesy dock and lifter is in the day use area near the beach.

Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

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Wooded and open picnic areas are in the Pine Run West Day Use Area, which has modern restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables, parking areas and day use mooring for boats. Playfields are around the wooded picnic area with an accessible children?s playground between Picnic Pavilion Four and the beach. Beltzville has four picnic pavilions that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS to reserve a picnic pavilion. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic pavilions One and Four are accessible.
When you travel Beltzville's 15 miles of trails, you will see wooded pathways, old roads and many creek valleys. Saw Mill Trail, which is just west of the dam breast, offers a diverse historical hike. The trail has remains of a gristmill raceway, a dam and gateways, small ponds, a slate quarry from the 1700s, a wetland and a stream.

The trails vary in length. A short description of each trail can be found in the ?Beltzville Trail Guide.? A copy of the guide is available from the park office.
Nature Programs
The park environmental interpretive center and amphitheater serve as the focal point for interpretive programs conducted by the park environmental education specialist from March through November. School groups, scouts, civic organizations and the general public can learn about the natural and historical resources of the area. The Watershed Education program is available to high school and middle school students. The program examines the water resources within the watershed surrounding Beltzville Dam. The environmental interpretive center is accessible.
Area Attractions
For information on other attractions and accommodations, please contact the Carbon County Tourist Promotion Agency, 570-325-3673, and/or the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, 800-POCONOS.

The Overlook Rotunda, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is just off of Pohopoco Drive and provides a complete view of the dam and the lake. Local fossil specimens, models of the outlet works tower and other exhibits, including a geological history of the area are on display at the rotunda.

Adjacent to the park is the Pennsylvania Game Commission?s Beltzville Wildlife Management Project. Public hunting is permitted during all established seasons. For information contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Northeast Division, 877-877-9357.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 22 fossils? by Ash
My son is very interested in finding fossils, of any type, I hear this its a great place to find them. There is a comment above supporting this, has anyone else had success?
August 21 Nuisance inspections,
Love boating in the park , but not worth the hassle given by fish and game officers. Have visited the park approx 8 times this season and have been checked half those visits. Will no longer be visiting the park.
June 18 rt 22 nissan fans by dave
very nice park we all loved it and enjoyed it.that was dave t and i aziz m
September 13 need better accomodations for boaters by jack
when beached at picnic area , boats get banged up do to other boats comming down the lake. should think of picnic areas in no wake zones like at preachers camp for boats to tie up and picnic on shore
August 26 Need More Grills! by Jilly Vere
Very clean, free admission, beautiful lake, plenty of pinic tables,...but HARDLY ANY GRILLS. The motor boats/jet skis should be petitioned off from bathers a bit more, too.
August 22 Fossil Hunting Fun by OswegoKayaker
Came to collect marine fossils and found some very nice specimens. The park was very pretty and well maintained. I think they should only allow non-polluting boats in the water, the day I was there it was filled with jet skis and they were loud, dirty and annoying. The bathrooms were pretty clean but the water only stayed on for about 2 seconds, hardly enough to wash/rinse your hands. Overall it was a very positive experience.
August 3 My first trip by 4tommy
My first visit after a lenghty time living in PA myself, I enjoy the view, scenery and all surrounding. Above, it a very family oriented and pleasent to visit.
July 22 one of the best parks by mr7up
water is very clean but the bathroom was a mess
July 15 a wonderful place to take your family to by brandon
i had went last week and had one of the best times ever.. well the water is really clean and it a very nice place to take your family. its a wonderful place to have a picnic at.. and also to go swimming.. i had a wonderful time this place is a two thumbs up.
May 23 The grass is way to high by HKMH2363
The grass on the walking paths and in the park area is way to high. Also at boat areas.
August 23 Beautiful Park by Fluffylee
Great Location...lots of space...beautiful scenery...clean and lots of fun...the only thing I have to say, is that the Bthrms can me maintain alot better, but overall...Great place for the family!
August 3 one of the best park has all u want by Al Hossen
Huge play ground for atleast ten group.nice bath room clean around,swimming place on the lake,boating, every thing is there within decent distance.
June 13 Beautiful and clean by Deborah F
This park was a very nice suprise. Beautiful grounds and lake. Clean facilities. Not crowded. Loved it.

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Beltzville is five miles east of Lehighton, just off of US 209. From the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 74 and follow the signs to the park.

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