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Locust Lake State Park, Mahanoy City
(3.9/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This park is so beautiful, especially in the fall. The path around the lake is a great walk, paved for making your walk or biking easier and safer. Great for camping, lots of campsites. For me it's a ...  more »
  • Great place to go for a walk camp with a tent or a motor home very quiet and peaceful very clean camp store there has everything u need very inexpensive vacation would b great for a family 
  • We enjoyed a beautiful weekend camping at Locust Lake. We had lakeside camping and it was a wonderful walk around the lake and stopping for ice cream at the camp store. Amazing scenery! Must return. 
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  • Love this place we visit 2x a year and the convienent store has some goooood ice cream to boot. It is very clean and the bath houses are nice
  • Great place to camp with the family or friends. The camp store has helpful staff, and even do boat rentals! The lake is a nice place even to spend the day exercising and getting some fresh air. Beautiful!!
  • I really wanted to love this place, however, too many rude people. I think it was partly because it was a holiday weekend. It was so loud until almost midnight (quiet hours start at 9 PM). People constantly walking through our site, even at night. Kids hanging behind bathrooms by sinks smoking weed (not legal yet). And many other things. We went to the beach area of the lake after the crowds had left. It is a designated non smoking beach. There were cigarette butts all over the place. And people smoking too (with their babies next to them). These are the local people who come for the day to swim. The next day the beach area was blocked off because someone pooped there. Really? So 2 days no swimming. After the crowds left, I began to like the place. Great for families. We were by the playground and there are paved walkways so the kids could ride their scooters and bikes. Bathrooms were much better and it quieted down. I guess I should go to a private campground to avoid the local people that seemed not to give a crap (pun intended) about the beautiful outdoors and their own neighborhood.
  • A little hard to find but well worth it once you're there. The beach was so much fun for the family. The kids especially enjoyed the minnows swimming around their feet. Boat rentals were affordable and the whole place is very clean.
  • We absolutely loved it the kids had so much fun met a lot of nice people" friendly fun " rrelaxing definitely going again awesome place