21 Tranquil Lakeside Getaways in PA

Find the lodge, cottage, cabin, or campground of your dreams for a scenic stay on the shores of Pennsylvania’s lakes.

1. Bella Vista Raystown Lakehouse

James Creek

With six bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, have the ultimate getaway at the Bella Vista Raystown Lakehouse. You will love the stunning, unparalleled views of Raystown Lake, the mountains, and valleys. When you stay here, you’ll have quick access to the boat launch with amazing amenities such as a hot tub and an outdoor firepit with fire roasting sticks perfect for s’mores and hot dogs. In the mornings, sip coffee in the sitting room while watching the surrounding nature like deer and eagles, and at night relax on the deck with comfortable seating while enjoying food made in the barbecue pit.

2. Arroyo Cabin


log cabin house by lake
Arroyo Cabin

Plan your summer getaway for the whole family at Arroyo Cabin. The two-bedroom property has an additional loft and bunk beds to accommodate up to eight guests. Pets are welcome. Located in the Allegheny National Forest, you can see the Clarion River and Arroyo canoe launch from the wrap-around deck. The modern cabin is equipped with free Wi-Fi, smart TV, and a full range of appliances. Guests can enjoy themselves by participating in seasonal outdoor activities around the property and in the surrounding area.

3. Level Lakefront Home

Lake View

Cabin houses on Lakefront
Level Lakefront Home | Credit: VRBO

Situated on Lake Wallenpaupack, this Level Lakefront Home is made for water lovers. Bring your own boat and take advantage of the private dock – perfect for swimming, fishing, and water fun; take one of the six kayaks out for a row. Picturesque lake views can be found from a majority of the five bedrooms, while the indoor fireplace or outdoor firepit can help keep you warm. There are many fine restaurants around the lake and outlet shopping is a short drive away.

4. Luxury Log Home

Lake Ariel

Chairs by campfire near lake
Luxury Log Home | Credit: VRBO

This Luxury Log Home will bring you water-ful views of Lake Wallenpaupack both indoors and outdoors. BYOB (bring your own boat) and park it right outside on your own dock. Don’t have a boat? Rent a pontoon boat, wave runner, or speed boat for the day. When not on the lake, explore the on-site amenities. From two outdoor pools and a tennis court to fishing and nearby attractions, there’s always something to do on and off the lake.

5. Dreamy Lake House


Dreamy lakeview from Lake House Bedroom
Dreamy Lake House | Credit: VRBO

Achieve your summertime dream and stay at this brand-new Dreamy Lake House on Lake Erie! Nestled atop a 60-foot cliff above the Great Lake, you will be in awe of the epic views from every room and the private, fenced in yard that overlooks the lake. This peaceful retreat comes with three bedrooms, each with large windows providing expansive views of the water. Ask about their 12-passenger executive limo or wood-fired pizza oven rental to complete your lake vacation!

6. The Corner at St. Luke’s Getaway


Beautiful house in front of a pond
The Corner at St. Luke’s Getaway | Credit: AirBnB

Transport yourself through time to an 1871 historical country church that was renovated into a four-bedroom, six-bathroom rental villa nestled in the Pocono Mountains. The Corner at St. Luke’s Getaway is a breathtaking retreat located on Hiawatha Lake. Pictures simply can’t capture the beauty of the stained-glass windows and colorful rooms. Explore the area and enjoy the abundance of attractions and outdoor activities or go wine tasting. Return home and stargaze from the deck, shoot pool, play poker, or warm up by the fire.

7. Summit Lakefront Cottage

East Stroudsburg

Deck with Lake view
 Summit Lakefront Cottage | Credit: AirBnB

Find tranquility at the Summit Lakefront Cottage at Penn Estates. Located on the Upper Twin Lake, this five-bedroom, two-bathroom lake house will make you feel cozy and secluded on a large, private, wooded property with direct access to the backyard lake. The back deck screams summer barbecue with easy access from the living room, equipped with a gas barbecue grill. Just steps from the deck is the patio with a hot tub, fire pit, and easy access for you to jump into the lake. When not taking part in outdoor fun, enjoy the cozy tv room with its 65” television, board games, giant Jenga, and throw blankets.

8. Pine Tree Lake Getaway

Long Pond

Beautiful Red cabin between pine TreeS
Pine Tree Lake Getaway | Credit: AirBnB

Stay on the shores of Pine Tree Lake in this four-bedroom, three-bathroom cabin. This Pine Tree Lake Getaway is a secluded stay – you won’t be sharing the lakefront with anyone else. So, monopolize the hot tub, hog the grill, and make the sunsets your own. The Getaway is starting point for daytime activities include hiking, biking, swimming, fishing. When you return from your adventures, relax on the back porch or soak in the year-round hot tub while taking in the impeccable lake views.

9. Virginia’s Beach Lakefront Cabins and Camping

North Springfield

cabin houses by lake
Virginia’s Beach Lakefront Cabins and Camping

If you’re thinking about booking a stay on Lake Erie, visit Virginia’s Beach Lakefront Cabins and Camping. Virginia’s Beach offers many accommodations including deluxe lakefront cottages, cabins in the woods, and lakeview campsites. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Erie by chartering a fishing boat, renting a kayak, or taking a guided lake boat tour. Land-lovers can visit Erie Bluffs State Park and the Erie Maritime Museum. No matter what you do on Lake Erie, make sure you check out the sunsets over the water.

10. Belltown River Lodge


camping chairs around campfire by lake
Belltown River Lodge

The Belltown River Lodge is a waterfront bed and breakfast located on the Clarion River. Visitors have direct access to the river and can enjoy the outdoor scenery from the lodge’s wraparound deck or other outdoor seating areas. Located near Cook Forest State Park, you have access to a variety of activities including hiking, canoeing, and kayaking.

11. Clarion River Log Cabin


people kayaking on Clarion river by Log Cabin
Clarion River Log Cabin

The Clarion River Log Cabin is a year-round, family friendly and pet friendly destination. It’s located less than a mile downstream from the Irwin boat launch in the Allegheny National Forest. The air-conditioned cabin has a loft and five beds that comfortably sleep eight guests. The grill master in your group will have access to a gas grill, an outdoor fire pit, and a buck woodstove. The large lawn has direct access to the water and a covered pavilion. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent from Lazy River Canoe Rental.

12. Clarion River Lodge


Clarion River Lodge under lights at night
Clarion River Lodge

If you're looking to disconnect, look no further than the Clarion River Lodge in Cook Forest State Park. The wilderness lodge sits on a private estate and has 20 guest rooms for short-term and extended stays. All accommodations have a fun theme, such as the Mary Poppins Room and the Robin’s Nest Room, and include a private firepit. You can also enjoy the on-site restaurant and pub or listen to live music on the patio. With the welcoming atmosphere and scenic landscape, it’s no mystery why Clarion River Lodge’s guests keep coming back!

13. Ridgway Mills Campground


green lush forest behind campground site
Ridgway Mills Campground

Looking for a budget-friendly stay under the stars? Ridgway Mills Campground has campsites for tents as well as sites for RVs, pull-behinds, and pop-ups. RV sites include paved parking areas. Fire rings and picnic tables are also available to all campers.

14. Riverview Campsites


two elks by river
Riverview Campsites

Riverview Campsites offers a variety of tent and RV sites for all types of campers. Featuring both grass and gravel campsites, some sites include electric and water hookups, fire rings, and picnic tables. Several of their campsites are pet-friendly too!

15. Tionesta Recreation Area Campground


a guy holding a huge fish caught standing on dOck
Tionesta Recreation Area Campground

Located on Tionesta Lake below the dam, Tionesta Recreation Area Campground is in one of Pennsylvania’s best big-game regions. Amenities include full water, sewer, and electric hookup, parking, and pet-friendly campsites. A playground, picnic area, boat ramp, and beach are located nearby.

16. Twin Lakes Recreation Area


group of ladies behind a signage board posing for a photo
Twin Lakes Recreation Area

Twin Lakes is popular with campers for its swimming beaches and fishing piers. The overnight and day campsites at Twin Lakes Recreation Area make a great spot for nature lovers and family camping trips. The area is accessible and has paved roads. Hikers and backpackers can trek nearby on the Mill Creek Trail and Twin Lakes Trail. The area also hosts community events and live music performances, so don’t miss out!

17. Lake View Cottage


A pond surrounded by grass and trees
Lake View Cottage

This cottage sits on a 103-acre property with views of its own private seven-acre lake. Lake View Cottage has two private decks for visitors to enjoy the views of the nearby lake, hills, and pine forest. The brand-new, one bedroom property is equipped with a modern kitchen, gas fireplace, built-in laundry, and outdoor firepit and grill. Adventure seekers can explore the three miles of paved trails on the property or go kayaking on the lake or nearby Redbank Creek.

18. Pymatuning State Park


ducks on lake and people standing on deck
Pymatuning State Park

Become one with nature at Pymatuning State Park’s campgrounds with glamping and modern cabin accommodations. ADA-accessible cabins and campsites are available throughout the park. Amenities also include a beach area, playground, amphitheater, boat launch, dock, and food concessions. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission also operates a visitors center in the park where fishing lovers of all skill levels can access bait, cleaning stations, and fishing and boating supplies.

19. Crown Jewel Vista Lodge


wood log cabin
Crown Jewel Vista Lodge

You can wake up to the best view of Raystown Lake when you stay at the Crown Jewel Vista Lodge. This true log home is nestled on 142 acres atop Terrace Mountain that gives all five bedrooms the most impeccable view. Admire the view both indoors and out with a two-story living room featuring a magnificent floor-to-ceiling glass prowl. Keep warm indoors on a cool summer night by the huge stone fireplace or outdoors with a bonfire pit – make sure to bring firewood. The outdoor adventures on the lake will add to your summer fun!

20. Marina View Lodge

James Creek

campfire by cabin with stunning view of mountains
Marina View Lodge

Resting on top of the mountain overlooking Lake Raystown Marina, Marina View Lodge provides the most breathtaking, year-round views anywhere on the lake. This five-bedroom lodge is equipped with everything you need for the ultimate lake vacation featuring a living room with a wet bar, a 25-foot stone fireplace, two decks, and Amish made furniture. Take in the sights of the lake and surrounding nature, including keeping an eye out for the three Bald Eagles that frequent the property.

21. Lakefront Home


This recently renovated three-bedroom, two- bathroom home is perfect for your next getaway with family or friends. Enjoy the private double lot of this Lakefront Home with plenty of space for you to explore Dresser Lake. Bask at the incredible view outdoors on the patio or inside through the glass doors. For a relaxing retreat, snuggle in front of the fire, play a game of pool in the game room, take a walk around the beautiful lake, or nap in one of the hammocks. At neighboring Tobyhanna State Park, outdoor adventure awaits with a variety of activities including hiking, mountain biking, boating, and rock climbing.

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