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Lackawanna State Park, Dalton

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Lackawanna State Park is a 1445acre Pennsylvania state park in Benton and North Abington Townships, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Lake Lackawanna, a 198acre man-made lake, is the central focus of recreation at the park. Lackawanna State Park is located near Dalton on Pennsylvania Route 524 just off exit 199 of Interstate 81.HistoryIndian PathLackawanna State Park is named for the nearby valley of the Lackawanna River. The word comes from the Lenape "le-can-hanna", meaning "stream that forks". This native tribe occupied the area for many years using a trail that led north to the territories of present-day New York state. The first white settlers in the area used this same path as well and gradually built homes and farms along this route.Racecourse, railroads, and farmsThe farmers of the Lackawanna Valley organized a fair in 1898. This fair, named the Maitland Fair and Driving Park Association, was held for at least twelve years. A horse racing course was built on the fairgrounds on what is currently the park campgrounds. Ownership of the land next fell into the hands of the a small railroad that felt it was being overcharged for water by the Scranton Gas and Water Company. The railroad had intended to build a reservoir to meet its needs for water. The plans for the building of the reservoir were dropped when the railroad and water company reached an agreement over the price of water. Next the land was rented to farmers by the railroad and later by Robert Moffat, a prominent Scranton coal baron. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the land in 1968. The state built constructed Lake Lackawanna and opened the park to the public on June 10, 1972.
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  • Have been to this park numerous times to picnic, fish, swim and just to enjoy walking. Great place for family reunions!  more »
  • Our family went camping for three days (non/electric site) last week. The park itself is gorgeous, especially with the leaves turning color and falling with the breeze (although this makes it difficul...  more »
  • My wife and I were here about a month ago and it's a beautiful park. It's well kept and has a lot to offer. We picnicked by the lake and took a long walk. There was a catch and release fishing tournam...  more »
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  • Beautiful park. Lots of fun things to do. Life guards seem nice. Nice pool.
  • Great State park for anybody! Very peaceful with many activities to do from fishing, hiking, biking, boating, camping, or just exploring. Usually never to crowded and it's a great place for family. Great fishing and some trails for hikers and bikers from all skill levels. Great for photographers and runners also.
  • Beautiful park with many options and excellent facilities. The rangers there can be a little overzealous though. Just follow the rules and you're sure to have a great time.
  • Beautiful, huge, and peaceful. Boat rentals from kayaks to paddleboats. A little expensive for the rentals but worth it! Also a large pool which is well maintained
  • We used to rent a pavilion every year for father's day before my grandfather died. Lots of good memories. Wasn't expensive and was an ideal location. Beautiful park.