When the warm weather hits, all we can think about is sandy beaches and the cool embrace of water. Luckily, Pennsylvania offers a variety of lakes that are perfectly suited to help you relax in the most heavenly surroundings imaginable. Here are some of the best.
1. Lake Nockamixon
Located not too far from Philadelphia, Lake Nockamixon is the perfect warm-weather retreat from city life.
2. Dutch Springs
This man-made reservoir in Bethlehem offers a variety of unique attractions for all ages, including the famous waterpark full of inflatables and scuba courses for all levels that allow swimmers to explore a submerged firetruck, school bus, and airplane.
3. Marsh Creek Lake
If you enjoy sailing, then this watery oasis in Chester County is the place for you.
4. Gouldsboro Lake
Stretching across Monroe and Wayne Counties, Gouldsboro Lake is a popular destination for boating, swimming, and fishing, and in the winter, ice fishing.
5. Whipple Dam State Park
Nestled in the woods near State College, Whipple Dam Lake is the perfect place to reflect.
6. Lake Wallenpaupak
Created by PPL in the 1920s, Lake Wallenpaupak is the third largest lake and one of the biggest tourist destinations in Pennsylvania.
7. Lake Erie
The 11th largest lake in the world, Lake Erie is undoubtedly the most impressive, mysterious and beautiful lake on this list. The sandy Presque Isle Peninsula offers Pennsylvania's only surf beach.
8. Allegheny Reservoir AKA Kinzua Lake
Bordering New York, the man-made Allegheny Reservoir is the second largest body of water in the state.
9. Raystown Lake
At the beautiful Raystown Lake, indulge in a number of unique activities. You can even rent a houseboat for your family, in case you've ever wanted to live out PB & J Otter.
10. Lake Arrowhead
Isn't it amazing how glassy and still the water is in this beautiful photograph of Lake Arrowhead? Located in the Poconos, it is a popular stop-off spot for hikers and visitors to the area.
It’s hard to decide which lake to visit first. What’s your favorite Pennsylvania lake?