Lackawanna State Park, Dalton

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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  • We come to this park every July for our family reunion. We camp for a week or more to start our summer vacation. We love the family feel here, the lake, the hiking, kayaking, swimming and just relaxin...  more »
  • was always nice but with the rehab to swimming pool and little park for kids really hit the spot.great value for taxpayers money.  more »
  • I went there to do some bird watching. Beautiful park with a lake. Didn't see many birds but the dragonflies and butterflies were out in abundance. There is a bird blind on one side of the park with s...  more »
  • 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
  • Love Lackawanna state park! The park has always been a favorite.

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