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 visitors pristine waters for fishing, boating, and swimming while providing the privacy they 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 summer one your family will never forget!
1. Beach Lake
As a guest of Central House Resort Beach Lake, in the Pocono Mountains you also get unlimited access to the beautiful spring-fed Beach Lake. Beach 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
Nestled in the Endless Mountains in the Pinchot State Forest, Crystal Lake is a private, spring-fed lake which offers 45 acres of outdoor recreation. This hotspot for large and smallmouth bass, perch, pickerel, and bluegill fishing is accessible to guests at nearby resorts, like Oliveri’s Crystal Lake Hotel. Visitors can also enjoy swimming, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, wake boarding, and tubing on the lake. After a long day in the water, enjoy a scenic walk or bike ride around the 2.8-mile road perimeter of the lake, or sit down for dinner an Italian-American dinner at Crystal Pines Restaurant.
3. Eagles Mere Lake
In Sullivan County, 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
Take advantage of the 277-acre Lake Naomi in the Pocono Mountains and its surrounding lakes for a weekend of family fun. Lake Naomi Club offers its members seven sandy beaches, two outdoor Olympic-sized pools — including the largest lakeside, heated, outdoor pool in PA — 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 the perfect place to bury your toes in the sand. Trout Pond, a fully-stocked pond adjacent to the Pennsylvania Game lands, makes this the perfect spot to fish. Travelers also can plan their own aquatic adventure with rentals for kayaks, canoes, row boats, sailboats, and paddleboards. Lake Naomi Club is accessible through temporary membership to the Lake Naomi-Timber Trails Community.
5. Pine Cradle Lake
The glistening 18-acre lake at Pine Cradle in Bradford County is the perfect family getaway this summer. Grab your favorite fishing pole and fish their great stock of largemouth bass, perch, crappie, catfish and sunfish. Kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats are also available for rental to help you find the perfect fishing spot or to just explore the lake. Take advantage of the heated pool, cool off on the splash pad, or plan a hike in the Endless Mountains by staying in a cabin or cottage, or by renting a camping site at Pine Cradle.
6. Dockside Bed & Breakfast
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 around the lake or fish for one of the large channel catfish, sunfish, and largemouth bass that are native to the lake. End your evening with a barbeque and a cozy bonfire, then enjoy a beautiful sunset across the lake.
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