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Locust Lake State Park, Mahanoy City

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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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Reviews
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  • This Pennsylvania State Park is built around a reservoir. There are many campsites but only about half are available this early in the season. The sites are well-spaced, but not heavily screened from ...  more »
  • Good clean camping, walking around the lake on paved path. Swimming, fishing from boat or dock (consult park officials for regulations on all, including days, times, cost to camp, etc. They're courteo...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • The food was excellent, but beware of the add-ons they make sound like part of your meal and being charged for items you did not order. Bill was about 1/3 higher than what was ordered. If the food was not as good as it was, would have rated them 1 star.
  • 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.
  • Such an awesome scenic place. Go for a swim in the roped off area. Fish around the lake. Wonderful camping area with public bathrooms and shower areas. Nice and quiet area. Also stop at the store for some ice cream.
  • Very quiet. Walk in beach. Generally not over crowded.