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Nockamixon State Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
A scene from Nockamixon State Park
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bucks
Townships Bedminster, Haycock
Location [1]
 - coordinates 40°25′15″N 75°15′42″W / 40.42083°N 75.26167°W / 40.42083; -75.26167Coordinates: 40°25′15″N 75°15′42″W / 40.42083°N 75.26167°W / 40.42083; -75.26167
 - elevation 440 ft (134 m) [1]
Area 5,283 acres (2,138 ha)
Founded 1973
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Nearest city Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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Location of Nockamixon State Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Nockamixon State Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Nockamixon State Park
A view of the lake near the boat rentals

Nockamixon State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 5,283 acres (2,138 ha) in Bedminster and Haycock Townships in northern Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The park is one of the most popular in southeastern Pennsylvania, with most tourists visiting in the summer months.

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Lake Nockamixon

Lake Nockamixon is an artificial reservoir formed by a dam on Tohickon Creek and serves as the centerpiece of Nockamixon State Park. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but boating is popular, and the park maintains several marinas and boat rentals. Fishing is also popular, and common species include walleye, pickerel, carp, and various kinds of bass and catfish. The water is clean and blue and has a very faint current, since the lake is part of the course of Tohickon Creek. In the winter, the water generally freezes over, allowing for ice skating and ice fishing.[2]

Visitors to the lake can stay in one of several cabins or at a nearby youth hostel.[2]

Another recreational activity at the park is whitewater kayaking. Every June and November, if high water conditions exist, there are timed water releases from the dam for one day. This turns all of Tohickon Creek south of the lake into a whitewater course, and kayakers can go all the way from the lake to where the creek meets the Delaware River.[2]

Hunting

Hunting is permitted at Nockamixon State Park on about 3,000 acres (1,200 ha). Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The common game species are squirrels, turkey, pheasant, and white-tailed deer. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited. Hunters are limited to using shotguns at the park as per the regulations established by the Game Commission for southeastern Pennsylvania.[2]

Tohickon Creek flowing out the dam forming Lake Nockamixon

Swimming

The swimming pool is open daily from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day weekend. The pool is operated by a private company and there is an admission fee. The pool is 0.5 acres (0.20 ha) in size and features slides, fountains, and a children's area.[2]

History

Creation of the lake was first proposed by the Secretary of the Department of Forests and Water, Dr. Maurice K. Goddard, for recreational uses. It was originally to be called Tohickon Lake, after the creek, but its name was later changed to Nockamixon, meaning "place of soft soil" in the Lenape language. The park today contains several historic Native American sites.[2]

Following its proposal in 1958, the dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers. The state park was opened to the public in December 1973.[2]

Nearby state parks

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

References

  1. ^ a b "Nockamixon State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 30, 1990. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1196516. Retrieved 2008-06-17.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Nockamixon State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/nockamixon.aspx. Retrieved 2006-11-16.  
  3. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. http://www2.nau.edu/~cvm/latlongdist.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. "2007 General Highway Map Bucks County Pennsylvania" [map], 1:65,000. Retrieved on 2006-07-27. Note: shows Nockamixon State Park

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