As the third largest lake in Pennsylvania, Lake Wallenpaupack is a great fall destination for fishing and relaxation. The man made lake created by PPL electric in 1926 for hydroelectric purposes was originally named by the Lenape Native Americans. Later owned by William Penn, the lake was transformed by over 2,700 men across several years into its current electric generation asset.
Wallenpaupack offers 52 miles of shoreline and more than 5,700 acres of surface water. The lake reaches a maximum depth of 60 feet and offers exceptional fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, musky, pickerel, various panfish and striped bass. Fishing access is limited to one PA Fish and Boat Commission launch at Mangan Cover, located off of PA Route 590. There are several PPL owned access areas, which require a fee unless you are a camper. Outfitters also offer kayaks, water skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, jet skies or boats as well as guided fishing trips to help you make the most of your experience.
Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, Lake Wallenpaupack is a seasonal destination for nearby residents in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia with endless activities for the entire family. Visitors enjoy camping, hiking, wildlife, golf, local wineries, scenic lookouts, shopping and great restaurants. Recommendations include Antler Ridge Winery for a unique handcrafted wine and stop at The Rusty Rudder for a casual bite to eat after a long day on the lake. Out favorite resort for a weekend getaway is Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort. Ehrhardt's offers various accomindations, great food and even a magnificint setting for a wedding. If you plan to go this fall, be sure to check out the Harvest Hoedown, Hawley Winter Fest and Annual 9 Hole Ice Golf Challenge.
- Phil Manning (FISH THIS)
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