Locust Lake State Park, Mahanoy City

Locust Lake State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Locust Lake State Park is located approximately north of Pottsville, 3mi south of Mahanoy City, west of Tamaqua and 6mi west of Tuscarora State Park. The lake is. The park offers hiking, camping, boating, fishing, swimming, biking, and a wide array of other seasonal activities.HistoryThe Locust Valley area was originally claimed by the Lenape. Their land was conquered by the Susquehannocks, then later controlled by New York Iroquios League of Five Nations. In the mid-19th century, settlers discovered anthracite coal in the area which lead to thousands of immigrants swiftly arriving to the area to mine coal. Although the area was not suitable for coal mining, it did not escape the Industrial Revolution. The forest was quickly turned into a shrubbery area prone to flooding and fires after loggers turned the trees into lumber, shingles, tool handles, and other wood products. Tanneries used the white pine and hemlock bark for tanning leather. The forests were gone by the early 20th century, with some farmers clearing and tilling the land. After its purchase by the Marchalonis Brothers, Locust Lake became a fishing spot and picnicking area. While they were digging a lake, they found a dam with a water wheel under seven feet of debris and leaves. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the land from the Marchalonis Brothers in 1966. Locust Lake officially opened on June 10, 1972. Oldest brother, Bill, went on to create "Blue Mt. Lakes", in Schyukill Haven, Pa.
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  • Made our second visit to Locust Lake State Park to camp on the weekend after Labor Day. Not many campers on Thursday evening, but more arrived Friday. Staff is friendly and helpful. Park is kept clean...  more »
  • I especially love walking around the lake on the trail which is very beautiful. A nice place to visit for a few hours and visit with family who camped there.  more »
  • The days were beautiful and fun. However, they did not enforce the "quiet hours" and someone played really loud music from 3 to 7am at the tent camping area. I couldn't believe they let people get awa...  more »
  • Beautiful lake, I always enjoy my time here. It's gorgeous for all seasons. If the lake is frozen enough during the winter it's so surreal to walk on the water! The peddle boats are awesome as well. Free admission to the park, bathrooms available, swimming, picnic tables, hiking, and lots of hidden treasures ;)
  • We stopped overnight in Spet 2017. It was so nice there, we're planning a several day visit later in our trip. Beautiful. Peaceful. Friendly neighbors. Lots of trails to roam. We felt very safe there. The reason for 4 stars is that some of the spots were pretty far off level. But the spots were mostly offset from each other so you're not exactly looking at your neighbors. Everyone gets a view of the lake. CAUTION: There is a potential problem getting into the park, one we found the hard way. When coming from the east, you get to the intersection of State Rd and 1011/Moss Glen Rd. It is too sharp of a turn for most rigs, so they cut in a little piece of road to ease things. Problem is, it's only about 15 feet long and about 5 feet almost vertical. We are a 32' class C. Our cargo carrier dragged. I stopped, but couldn't back up because that would have dug the carrier in further. Fortunately, a park ranger happened by on his way to work, as well as a car stopped with two strong, young guys in it. The ranger stopped traffic, and between everyone, they held the carrier up while I slowly backed out of there. The park ranger said it happens all the time, as was evidenced by all the gouges in the road. He showed us the workaround, which is to go past that turn by about a mile. You'll find a country club on the left with a nice, big parking lot to turn around in and then you can come back to that intersection from the opposite direction and comfortably turn in. The beauty of this park made it worth the effort!
  • I live 30 minutes away and this place has a soecial place in my heart. Just a nice quaint simple little campground with no frills except the natural beauty of nature. Great for young children, good hiking trails and if its a clear night great star gazing up on the breast of the dam. (bring binoculars or telescope)
  • It was great not only did I get to catch a lot of fish. I also got to camp right next to the lake! It was a great time. If you haven't ever went here then I recommend you do.
  • Well kept park offering wonderful views all year round. Don't forget your camera! Plenty of parking and lots of trails.
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