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Locust Lake State Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
A view of Locust Lake
Named for: Locust Lake
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Township Ryan
Location [1]
 - coordinates 40°47′00″N 76°08′30″W / 40.7833333°N 76.14167°W / 40.7833333; -76.14167Coordinates: 40°47′00″N 76°08′30″W / 40.7833333°N 76.14167°W / 40.7833333; -76.14167
 - elevation 1,749 ft (533 m) [1]
Area 1,089 acres (441 ha)
Founded June 10, 1972
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Nearest city Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
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Location of Locust Lake State Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Locust Lake State Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Locust Lake State Park

Locust Lake State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 1,089 acres (441 ha) in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Locust Lake State Park is located approximately 7 miles (11 km) north of Pottsville, 3 miles (5 km) south of Mahanoy City, 8 miles (13 km) west of Tamaqua and 6 miles (10 km) west of Tuscarora State Park. The lake is 52 acres (21 ha). The park offers hiking, camping, boating, fishing, swimming, biking, and a wide array of other seasonal activities.

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History

The Locust Valley area was originally claimed by the Lenape. Their land was conquered by the Susquehannocks, then later controlled by New York Iroquios League of Five Nations. In the mid 1800s, settlers discovered anthracite coal in the area which lead to thousands of immigrants swiftly arriving to the area to mine coal. Although the area was not suitable for coal mining, it did not escape the Industrial Revolution. The forest was quickly turned into a shrubbery area prone to flooding and fires after loggers turned the trees into lumber, shingles, tool handles, and other wood products. Tanneries used the white pine and hemlock bark for tanning leather. The forests were gone by the early 1900s, with some farmers clearing and tilling the land.[2]

After its purchase by the Marshalonis Brothers, Locust Lake became a fishing spot and picnicking area. While they were digging a lake, they found a dam with a water wheel under seven feet of debris and leaves. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the land from the Marshalonis Brothers in 1966. Locust Lake officially opened on June 10, 1972.[2]

Recreation

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Locust Lake

Motor boats are allowed as long as you have a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats may either have a boat registration from any state, or a launching or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks. Boat rentals are available at a nominal fee.[3]

Locust Lake has 282 campsites divided into tent or trailer sites. The campsites encircle the lake.[3]

Fishing is permitted year round. The lake is stocked several times a year with brown and brook trout. pickerel, bass (smallmouth and largemouth), and panfish are also caught year round. Ice fishing is permitted, but the ice is not monitored for safety.[3]

Swimming is permitted from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Beginning in 2008 lifeguards will not be posted at the beach.[4] Swimming areas are marked with buoys, and the deepest area is 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)5.5 feet (1.7 m).[3]

Hunting

Approximately 1,045 acres (423 ha) are available for hunting. Ruffed Grouse, woodcock, doves, Common Pheasants, Eastern Gray Squirrels, Wild Turkeys, Eastern Cottontail rabbit, and White-tailed deer are common species and frequently spotted. Although there is ample room for hunting, it is restricted to designated areas of the park and surrounding state forest. A bow and arrow and flintlock muzzle loader only hunting area is located in the park. Hunting groundhogs is prohibited. Dog training is permitted from the day after Labor day until March 31 in designated hunting areas.[3]

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Locust Lake State Park:[5][6]

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