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 »
  • So much to do here! There's a nice size beach for younger children to play in the sand and a good size swimming area. You can fish, kayak, boating, walk nature trails and there's a great playground. It's also a great lake to ride bike around. There's a small camp store on site.
  • It's a nice park but if you want peace and quiet especially after 9pm which is quiet time then I wouldn't go there. They don't enforce the rules. There has been loud people every night we've been here and they don't seem really care. There are 2 camp sites worth of people that feel they can do whatever they want because no one stops them, they should have been thrown out by now. They are right beside the bathroom and they have taken over that as well. They also have said nasty things to my daughter like ( of course it's a white girl ). Yeah go figure. Like I said nothing has been done about this. If I could do it all over again I definitely would not have come here!!!!
  • Absolutely beautiful lake, very clean, has a small food stand with a variety of ice cream. This is perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Just be sure to use the road before the main entrance to use the public parking.
  • This is a lovely state park with pleasant sites on a peaceful lake..... However, getting here was a nightmare! Our GPS brought us through "who knows where" only to find out that the actual address of the park - 687 Tuscarora Park Road, Barnesville, Pa. 18214, which is on the park brochure but apparently not on the GPS - would have got us here a much better way. I hope the park will be able to correct this situation in the near future to help others.
  • Beautiful park, play in guide hut was extremely helpful and went out of her way for us to get us on a campsite that would fit our family's needs.

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