Those scorching days of summer often mean hiding away in air conditioning or seeking solace in the cool waters of a swimming pool or a nearby lake, like one of our favorites, Laurel Lake in Pennsylvania. In fact, not only is this lake absolutely lovely, but it’s shockingly cold, too! For a really spine-tingly, chilling experience, head to this beautiful state park that boasts a beautiful and cold mountain lake that just might be the coldest lake in Pennsylvania.

Address: Laurel Lake, Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA, 17324.

Visit the Pennsylvania State Parks website for more information.

Not really in the mood to dive into Laurel Lake, the coldest lake in Pennsylvania, just yet? No worries. You’ll find plenty of other amazing lakes in the state, including Promised Land Lake.

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Laurel Lake in Pennsylvania

What are some other beautiful lakes in Pennsylvania?

Laurel Lake is gorgeous, but it is certainly not the only beautiful lake in Pennsylvania. Another lovely lake in the Hawkeye State is Tuscarora Lake, which you'll find nestled in eponymous Pennsylvania State Park. With more than 1,600 acres of natural beauty, Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville offers an idyllic backdrop for a day – or a few days – outdoors, including all sorts of amazing water recreation!

Another beautiful lake in the Keystone State is Promised Land Lake, which certainly lives up to its name. Spanning 3,000 mountainous acres, Promised Land State Park, hugged by thousands of tree-filled acres of the Delaware State Forest, boasts two lakes, including Promised Land Lake. The 422-acre lake is the perfect place for a day of soul-soothing R&R, and because it's a bit under-the-radar, you might find you have it all to yourself!

What are some remote lakes in Pennsylvania?

If you're looking to beat the heat and the crowds, we highly recommend checking out Whipple Lake, the most remote and secluded lake in Pennsylvania. At just 256 acres, Whipple Dam State Park in Petersburg promises a cozy, quiet experience — whether you're heading to the beach or hitting the lone two-mile hiking trail. Make a day out of your trip here: bring all of your beach gear along and spread out on the beautiful, 300-foot sand beach that leads straight into Whipple Lake. While small at just 22 acres, the lake is perfect for jumping in and cooling off after soaking up the sun or building sandcastles, and since it's a relatively unknown destination, you're sure to find your own secluded slice of Pennsylvania paradise at this remote lake and state park.

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