Description - The lakes and reservoirs in Pennsylvania range from large reservoirs to fairly small lakes. Many of the lakes are surrounded by National Forest lands or State Parks offering a base for outdoor recreation including fishing opportunities, campgrounds, picnic areas, hunting grounds and multi-use trails. A large number of the lakes are a result of US Army Corp. of Engineer flood control projects while several others are a result of the natural glacial period.
- Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Recreation - Much of Pennsylvania's outdoor recreation is centered around the numerous bodies of water that are scattered throughout the state. Whitewater boating is especially popular along with trophy-size fishing opportunities. Pennsylvania has a number of flood control dams which offer an opportunity for sight-seeing, boating, fishing, picnicking and view wildlife. One of Pennsylvania's most popular waterways is The Delaware National Scenic River which is a recreation haven for many ages and abilities spanning the distance of several states.
Climate - Pennsylvania has four distinct seasons and recreationists can find good in each one. Summer is usually hot and humid often extending from late May into September. Expect temperatures in the southeastern part of the state to reach 90 degrees F frequently. Temperatures in the Northern and western areas of the state are slightly cooler. Summer lows usually don't dip below 60 degrees F.
Winter temperatures average between 25 degrees and 45 degrees F in southeastern Pennsylvania. The west and mountains receive colder temperatures that average between -10 degrees and 35 degrees F. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit the state as temperatures are mild with little humidity. Spring brings a variety of wildflowers and shrubs into bloom and fall color displays of deciduous trees draw many to the forests of the state.
Pennsylvania's lakes and reservoirs stretch into each travel region of the state. Maps and directions are available on the individual pages describing each lake or reservoir.