5 Little-Known Private Lake Getaways in Northeast PA

Ah, peace and quiet! Summer can be hectic, but a getaway at a private lake is just what you need to unwind and recharge. Pennsylvania’s private lakes offer pristine waters for fishing, boating, and swimming while providing the privacy you crave. Whether you plan on staying at a rental property or purchasing a temporary membership to access the lakes, a private lake getaway is exactly what you need to make this a getaway your family will never forget!

1. Beach Lake

Beach Lake

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Central House Resort | Credit: @freddydurst via IG

As a guest of Central House Family Resort in the Pocono Mountains, you get unlimited access to the beautiful, spring-fed Beach Lake. The lake offers guests the opportunity to relax on the sandy beach or fish off the dock. Get moving on a paddle boat or kayak or challenge the family to a game of volleyball or badminton. At the end of a long day, enjoy a moonlit bonfire on the resort property.

2. Crystal Lake

Thornhurst Township

Nestled within Pinchot State Forest, Crystal Lake is a private, spring-fed lake offering 45 acres of outdoor recreation. This hotspot for large and smallmouth bass, perch, pickerel, and bluegill fishing is accessible to guests staying at nearby resorts. Visitors can also enjoy kayaking, sailing, and canoeing on the lake. After a long day, enjoy a scenic walk or bike ride around the 2.8-mile road perimeter of the lake, or sit down for a delicious Italian-American dinner at the nearby Crystal Pines Restaurant.

3. Eagles Mere Lake

Eagles Mere

Eagles Mere is a 114-acre private, pristine lake managed by the Eagles Mere Association. The lake is the perfect place for anglers of all ages to drop a line into the water and fish for trout and bass. Build sandcastles on the beach and rent canoes, sailboats, and paddle boats, or take a ride around the lake on “Hardly Able” — the only power boat allowed on the lake — to round out your day on the water. Eagles Mere is accessible through members of the association or by purchasing temporary membership to the lake.

4. Lake Naomi

Pocono Pines

lake naomi beach resort
Lake Naomi Club | Credit: @lakenaomiclub_official via IG

Family fun is the number one priority at the 277-acre Lake Naomi in the Pocono Mountains and the surrounding lakes. Lake Naomi Club offers its members seven sandy beaches, a nine-hole executive and private golf course, as well as four additional lakes and a pond for water activities. Lake Naomi, Timber Trails Lake, Deer Tail Lake, and Judges Lake are all easily accessible and are the perfect place to bury your toes in the sand, while the fully stocked Trout Pond provides the perfect fishing hole. Plan your own aquatic adventure with rentals available for kayaks, canoes, row boats, sailboats, and paddleboards. Lake Naomi Club is only accessible for visitors with stays of one week or longer at a Lake Naomi property and who purchase a temporary membership.

5. Dockside Bed and Breakfast

New Tripoli

Dockside Bed & Breakfast in the Lehigh Valley takes the charming, quiet atmosphere of a bed and breakfast and adds a private three-acre lake into the mix! Guests of Dockside can sit and relax on the dock or enjoy lunch by the lake. Take the paddleboat for a cruise or fish for one of the large channel catfish, sunfish, and largemouth bass that are native to the area. End your evening with a barbeque and a cozy bonfire, then enjoy a beautiful sunset across the lake.

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