Pennsylvania Nature August 30, 2017
A Dip In One Of The Coldest Lakes In Pennsylvania Isn’t For The Faint Of Heart
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. But, for a really spine-tingly, chilling experience, head to this cozy state park that boasts a beautiful
and cold mountain lake that just might be the coldest lake in Pennsylvania.
Snuggled in Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a shimmering mountain lake, Laurel Lake, that has kept generations of Pennsylvanians chilled on hot summer days.
Start your adventure at the sprawling state park with a stop at the General Store to stock up on everything you need for an afternoon picnic.
Spread your favorite beach towel chair on the sandy beach, which features a concession stand, that leads to the cold water of Laurel Lake.
Laurel Lake's temperatures generally hover around 50 degrees, so cold that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) warns swimmers about the water's low temperatures and extreme depths.
If Laurel Lake's water is too cold for you, explore the lake by boat or kayak. The lake, which is open daily from 8 a.m. until dusk, does not have lifeguards on duty.
Once you've thoroughly cooled off, slip on your hiking shoes and hit one of the trails that wind through the park or...
Go fishing, biking, or wildlife watching. Plan a visit for the cold winter months to ice skate on Laurel Lake, to snowmobile, or to cross country ski along the park's trails.
Ready to dive into what just might be the coldest lake in Pennsylvania? You'd better hurry. The last day of the season at Laurel Lake is September 30, 2017.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA 17324
Click here for more information.
Not really in the mood to dive into the coldest lake in Pennsylvania just yet? No worries. You’ll find plenty of other amazing lakes in the state, including
Promised Land Lake.