Arrowhead Lake, Pennsylvania, USA

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USA - Mid-Atlantic - Pennsylvania - Northeastern Mountains -

Tucked away in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Arrowhead Lake is a private gated community in the Northeastern Mountains region of Pennsylvania. Loads of recreational amenities and a visitor-friendly attitude set caused Better Homes and Gardens magazine to once name Arrowhead Lake as one of its choice for “best up-and-coming vacation spot.”

Arrowhead Lake is really two lakes: the main Arrowhead Lake covers 250 acres while smaller North Arrowhead Lake has 78 acres. The earthen North Arrowhead Dam impounds North Arrowhead Lake and was built across a Trout Creek tributary in 1970. Arrowhead Lake Community Association manages the reservoir which was specifically built to provide recreational opportunities. Arrowhead Lake has certainly fulfilled all expectations.

Stocked by the Pennsylvania Department of Fish and Game, the lake is managed as a catch and release lake except for the trout species. Pickerel and bass also inhabit the lake. Trout fishing contests occur until fall, and a limited amount of ice fishing is available in winter. Non-anglers enjoy swimming and boating and there are boat rentals available on both lakes. Arrowhead lake is a great place for sailboats as no gasoline powered boats are allowed on either Arrowhead or North Arrowhead Lakes.

In addition to swimming at one of the four beaches around Arrowhead Lake, there are three swimming pools, two of which are heated. The Arrowhead Lake Community Recreation Department offers a variety of classes including swimming lessons and water aerobics. There are also tennis courts with lessons available. There are kids craft classes and family movie nights. A variety of contests, including sand castle building and holiday house decorating, help build a sense of community all year long.

Arrowhead Lakes have no public access but there are a number of short term rentals that see increasing demand. A spectacularly enjoyable and guest friendly vacation home neighborhood, the Arrowhead Lake Community Association works hard to develop a sense of neighborliness while maintaining an atmosphere of privacy. Because it is just an hour and a half to two hours to Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey, the lake is very accessible. The NASCAR Pocono Raceway is nearby. Downhill skiing and golf are also within ten miles of Arrowhead Lake.

Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County is an easy day trip from Arrowhead Lake. The 15,990-acre park is located in the foothills of the Poconos and was called “shades of death” by early settlers. Filled with unfarmable land, swamps and extremely thick and dark forest, the area was not very inviting to early pioneers.t Loggers eventually cleared the land and in 1935 the National Park Service bought the land that would become Hickory Run. It was established as a National Recreation Demo Area, and in 1939 it was home to over 200 Civilian Conservation Corps members. It became Hickory Run State Park in 1945. A significant portion of the park is glacial moraine or rocky soil known as glacial till. The boulder field is one of the park’s most notable features. Strewn with boulders left by retreating glaciers, the site is a National Natural Landmark.

With the privacy of a gated community and the recreational wealth of the Pocono Mountains at its doorstep, Arrowhead Lake creates hard-to-find perfection in the vacation property market. Guests and renters are equally welcome here.

Things to do at Arrowhead Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Downhill Skiing
  • State Park
  • National Park
  • NASCAR

Fish species found at Arrowhead Lake

  • Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Trout

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Arrowhead Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Arrowhead Lake Community Association

Surface Area: 328 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,668 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 1,674 feet

Completion Year: 1970

Drainage Area: 1 sq. miles

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Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

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- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

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