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Marsh Creek State Park
MARSH CREEK STATE PARK
MARSH CREEK STATE PARK
675 Park Rd.
Downingtown, Pennsylvania   19335

Phone: 610-458-5119
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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Marsh Creek State Park
'Kayaking Color'
© Photos Copyright Bobbie Alexander

Kayaking in vibrant fall colors on a warm clear day

Marsh Creek State Park
'Marsh Creek State Park West Launch Side'
© Please Ask Before Using A Photo, Thats All I Ask, Photos Marsh Creek State Park, West Launch Area. Todd Eagle, Simbas Pride Of Big Cats http//BigCats.tripod.com

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West Launch View Of Marsh Creek State Park.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Marsh Creek State Park West Launch Side'
© Please Ask Before Using A Photo, Thats All I Ask, Photos Marsh Creek State Park, West Launch Area. Todd Eagle, Simbas Pride Of Big Cats http//BigCats.tripod.com

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West Launch View Of Marsh Creek State Park.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Marsh Creek State Park West Launch Area'
© Please Ask Before Using A Photo, Thats All I Ask, Photos Marsh Creek State Park, West Launch Area. Todd Eagle, Simbas Pride Of Big Cats http//BigCats.tripod.com

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West Launch View Of Marsh Creek State Park.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Marsh Creek State Park Dam West Launch'
© Please Ask Before Using A Photo, Thats All I Ask, Photos Marsh Creek State Park, West Launch Area. Todd Eagle, Simbas Pride Of Big Cats http//BigCats.tripod.com

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Marsh Creek State Park Dam, West Launch Side Of The Park.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Horse With Marsh Creek Background West Launch Side'
© Please Ask Before Using A Photo, Thats All I Ask, Photos Marsh Creek State Park, West Launch Area. Todd Eagle, Simbas Pride Of Big Cats http//BigCats.tripod.com

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Horse With Marsh Creek State Park In Background, West Launch Of The Park As The Lake Is 535 Acres And In All IS Around 1,727 Acre Park.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Marsh Creek State Park Map'
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Map Of Marsh Creek State Park, PA

Marsh Creek State Park
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sunrise photo over marsh creek state park lake 532 AM

Marsh Creek State Park
© Please Ask Before Using A Photo, Thats All I Ask, Photos Marsh Creek State Park, West Launch Area. Todd Eagle, Simbas Pride Of Big Cats http//BigCats.tripod.com

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Marsh Creek State Park
© Please Ask Before Using A Photo, Thats All I Ask, Photos Marsh Creek State Park, West Launch Area. Todd Eagle, Simbas Pride Of Big Cats http//BigCats.tripod.com

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valley off one the trails, view from trail

Marsh Creek State Park
'a misty morning'

fisherman in the mist 9/29/02

Marsh Creek State Park
'Open Wide'

Thats why they are called LARGE MOUTH BASS 5/29/02

Marsh Creek State Park
'Sunrise at Marsh Creek'

Sunrise at Marsh Creek 1/21/06

Marsh Creek State Park
'Reflection'

Reflections 5/27/02

Marsh Creek State Park
'Fisherman'

A Nice way to spend a Nov. day. 11/04/05

Marsh Creek State Park
'Sunrise at Marsh Creek'
© Ed Heaton

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Marsh Creek State Park
'Balancing Act'
© Photos Copyright Bobbie Alexander

A Painted Turtle balances precariously on a log while soaking up the sun.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Blue Heron'
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A Blue Heron wades on the shoreline in search of fish.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Clear Sailing'
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A clear day with great sailing.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Dragonfly Rest Stop'
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A dragonfly rests on a branch on a windy day.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Evening Fishing'
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Fishermen enjoying the still lake at dusk.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Green Heron Fishing'
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A Green Heron looks for a meal.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Kayaking Clear Waters'
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Kayakers enjoy the still water near shore.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Catch '
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Children play ball on the beach at sunset.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Playing Catch'
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Children play ball on the beach at sunset.

Marsh Creek State Park
'Evening Calm'
© Photos Copyright Bobbie Alexander

Clearing weather after a late afternoon thunderstorm

Marsh Creek State Park
'Sunset Kayakers'
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Kayakers paddle the calm waters at sunset.

Marsh Creek State Park
© Photos Copyright Bobbie Alexander

Marsh Creek State Park
'Swallowtail Butterfly'
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A swallowtail butterfly sips nectar on lakeside flowers

Marsh Creek State Park
'Sliding Board'
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A painted turtle slides into the lake after a nice afternoon of basking

Marsh Creek State Park
'Who Goes There '
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Alert painted turtle.

Marsh Creek State Park is in the rolling hills of northcentral Chester County. The 1,705-acre park contains the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake, which is great for fishing, sailing and is a reststop for migrating waterfowl.
History of the Area
Marsh Creek State Park was developed to help manage the water resources in the Brandywine Creek Watershed, which drains 330 square miles, most of which are in Chester County.

Frequent flooding, water shortages and lack of recreational opportunities for nearby population centers were problems in the watershed.

The sponsoring agencies all shared the construction costs of the dam and lake. They were: U.S. Soil Conservation Service, Chester County Water Resources Authority, Chester County Commissioners, Chester County Conservation District, the General State Authority and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources).

The Chester County Water Resources Authority and Chester County Commissioners paid for utility and road relocations.

The Chester County Water Resources Authority also acquired the land rights for the project. Subsequently, the Department of Environmental Resources acquired the land around the lake for recreation from the Water Resources Authority for approximately $1.1 million. Project 70 bond funds were used to acquire the land at this site.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania constructed and operates the recreational facilities.
Camping
There is no overnight camping at Marsh Creek State Park. Within one mile of the park is a privately owned campground on PA 282. French Creek State Park is 20 miles to the north and has year-round camping.
Nearby Accommodations
The Churchtown Inn Bed and Breakfast - Churchtown, PABBs / Inns
1735 historic mansion in heart of PA Dutch country. Queen beds, antiques, Amish quilts, private baths, TVs. Garden Room multi-course breakfast. Evening sherry, carriage rides, visit Amish homes.
13.6 miles from park*
Waynebrook Inn - Honey Brook, PAHotels/Motels
Come experience the rich history and refined hospitality of the Waynebrook Inn, Est. 1865. Our charming full service hotel has been splendidly refurbished and is nestled in the midst of beautiful Amish farm country near Lancaster in historic Chester County. At the Waynebrook you can experience that rarity among country inns along with the amenities of a full service hotel...the elegance and beguiling charm of American Inns of yesteryear coupled with the modern conveniences today's travelers demand.
9.7 miles from park*
Places To Find Supplies
Waynebrook Inn - Honey Brook, PARestaurant
Come experience the rich history and refined hospitality of the Waynebrook Inn, Est. 1865. Our charming full service hotel has been splendidly refurbished and is nestled in the midst of beautiful Amish farm country near Lancaster in historic Chester County. At the Waynebrook you can experience that rarity among country inns along with the amenities of a full service hotel...the elegance and beguiling charm of American Inns of yesteryear coupled with the modern conveniences today's travelers demand.
9.7 miles from park*
Swimming
The accessible "L" shaped swimming pool complex attracts many visitors. The guarded pools are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day unless posted otherwise. A shallow wading pool and swimming pool are available. A snackbar, sunning area and bathhouse are nearby. Fee charged for pool use.
Boating
Boating: electric motors permitted

The 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake has two boat launch areas and 220 seasonal mooring slips. The lake is especially popular with sailboaters who take advantage of the combination of good natural terrain and prevailing winds. Approved sailboat races draw spectators who enjoy the water activity from the lakeshore.

A boat rental concession at the East Launch offers rowboats, canoes and sailboats throughout the summer and weather permitting, on weekends during the spring and autumn.


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Picnicking
Two picnic areas containing over 150 picnic tables, restrooms and some charcoal grills are available year-round.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 26 LOVE IT!! by maximumride
it is a really good park. very beautiful. the kids though it was fantastic. lot of things to do. looking for something to do? this is the perfect thing. the only bad thing is the that the nearest food place is kind of far away, but thats ok. me and the kids give it an A++
July 28 Perfect for those weekend getaways! by Devin Sidell
Out of most of the state parks in the Delaware valley, this one seems to be the best in terms of seclusion, closeness and the availability of electric or non electric supported sites. Each site is a comfortable distance from the others and theres plenty of room to spread out. Lots of woods and great fishing. The only downside is the nearest place to buy food is a bit of a drive from the site but other than that its great!


Area Campgrounds

Birchview Farm Campground
100 Birchview Drive
Coatesville, PA
610-384-0500


Philadelphia/West Chester KOA
1659 Embreeville Road
Coatesville, PA


Brandywine Creek Campground
1091 Creek Road
Lyndell, PA
610-942-9950


Warwick Woods Campground
401 Trythall Road
St. Peters, PA
610-286-9655


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Kurtz Fish Farm
161 Isabella Rd
Elverson, PA
(610) 286-9250


Gordon's Sports Supply
129 Pottstown Pike
Chester Springs, PA
(610) 458-5153


Area Cabins and Lodges
Animal Resorts
301 Jefferis Rd
Downingtown, PA
(610) 942-0388


Sheraton Great Valley Inn
707 Lancaster Ave
Frazer, PA
(610) 524-5500


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
The Artist's Inn and Gallery - Terre Hill, PABBs / Inns
Spend the night in an art gallery Romantic BB in Lancaster County with gas fireplaces in all rooms, two with Jacuzzi's. Gourmet breakfasts. Near antique center, outlets, Amish attractions.
Web Site: artistinn.com
18.1 miles from park*
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Directions
The park is about two miles west of the village of Eagle on PA 100. Access to the park from the Pennsylvania Turnpike is via PA 100 north. At Eagle, signs direct you to the park.

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