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Marsh Creek State Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
Looking across Marsh Creek Lake towards the West Launch Area
Named for: Marsh Creek
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Chester
Townships Upper Uwchlan, Wallace
Location [1]
 - coordinates 40°04′06″N 75°43′59″W / 40.06833°N 75.73306°W / 40.06833; -75.73306Coordinates: 40°04′06″N 75°43′59″W / 40.06833°N 75.73306°W / 40.06833; -75.73306
 - elevation 459 ft (140 m) [1]
Area 1,705 acres (690 ha)
Founded 1974
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Nearest city Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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Location of Marsh Creek State Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Marsh Creek State Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Marsh Creek State Park

Marsh Creek State Park is a 1,705 acres (690 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Upper Uwchlan and Wallace Townships, Chester County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is the location of the 535-acre (217 ha) man-made Marsh Creek Lake. The lake is a stop for migrating waterfowl. Marsh Creek State Park is 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Eagle on Pennsylvania Route 100.

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History

Formation of Marsh Creek Lake was designed to address several water related problems in the region. First, to provide additional drinking water for the Chester County Water Resources Authority, alleviating a previous shortage. Second, to limit potential damage caused by seasonal flooding in the area. Finally, to provide a recreation area for residents throughout the region.

The state of Pennsylvania acquired the land that became Marsh Creek State Park between 1964 and 1978. Residents in the area were relocated including those residing in the farming village of Milford Mills.[2] the site of which was eventually innundated. From 1970-1973 construction cleared the valley of trees, structures and other obstacles. Following completion of the dam, the lake filled over the course of three years.

Upon completion of the reservoir, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania bought the land surrounding Marsh Creek Lake, constructed recreational facilities, and opened the land to the public. New facilities built from 1971 to 1979 included administrative and picnic areas, a playground, pool, and wells. The park opened for boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, ice sports and sailing in 1974; and the pool and day-use area opened in July 1979.[2]

Recreation

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Fishing and boating

Marsh Creek Lake is open to fishing and recreational boating. It is a warm water fishery with largemouth bass, black crappie, walleye, tiger muskellunge, and channel catfish all swimming in its waters. The lake is a designated "big bass" lake - only bass 15 inches (38 cm) and greater may be kept. Bass smaller than 15 inches (38 cm) must be released back into the lake.

Gasoline powered boats are prohibited at Marsh Creek Lake. Boaters are restricted to using non-powered or electric powered boats. All boats must be properly registered with any state. Boat rentals including canoes, sail boats and paddle boats are available.

Hunting

About 900 acres (360 ha) of Marsh Creek State Park are open to hunting. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The common game species are squirrels, pheasant, waterfowl, rabbits and white-tailed deer. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited.[2]

Swimming

There is an "L" shaped swimming pool that is open at Marsh Creek State Park from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm daily. A shallow wading pool is available, as well as a bathhouse, sunning area and snack bar.[2]

Trails

There are about 6 miles (9.7 km) of trails for equestrian use, hiking, and mountain biking open around the lake.

Winter activities

Ice fishing, ice boating and ice skating on Marsh Creek Lake are popular winter activities.

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Marsh Creek State Park:[3][4][5]

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