Lake Henry, Pennsylvania, USA

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USA - Mid-Atlantic - Pennsylvania - Northeastern Mountains -

Also known as:  Maplewood Lake, Blueberry Lake

Located in Pennsylvania’s Northeast Mountains, Lake Henry is one of the better-kept secrets of the Poconos. At 310 acres, the lake is known by at least two other titles, thoroughly confusing those asking for directions. Located near the Village of Maplewood, many call it Maplewood Lake. Some of the private cottage owners who rent their properties to vacationers call it Blueberry Lake. And, although the lake sits on the border between Wayne and Lackawanna Counties, the lake is entirely within Wayne County – a fact that even confounds some of the residents. Many mapping programs mis-identify the area, marking it as somewhere around Lake Ariel. Lake Henry addresses are, in fact, in the Lake Arial zip code, but Lake Arial is about five miles east of Lake Henry. For a lake less than 20 miles east of Scranton, Lake Henry has managed to escape heavy development pressure partly because of the confusion. Residents and visitors here aren’t confused, though; they’ve been enjoying Lake Henry for over a hundred years!

An all-sports lake, Lake Henry is primarily a residential lake. It is the second largest lake in the county, second only to Lake Wallenpaupack. There has never been much commercial development at Lake Henry, allowing it to keep its pristine rural flavor. Many homes have existed along the shoreline nearly since the original pond was first dammed to create the lake. Lakelubbers enjoy swimming, powerboating, water skiing, tubing, pontooning, canoeing and kayaking along the four miles of shoreline. Only three to five feet in depth at the south end of the lake, depths reach 30 feet at the north end. This variety of depths and underwater structure makes the lake prime ground for fishermen to pursue smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pickerel, perch, catfish, crappie, bluegills, and sunfish.

Much of the shoreline, including the dam, is owned and controlled by the Lake Henry Cottagers Association. Private ownership maintains a boat launch, campground and small resort-style vacation park along the west shore. There is no other official public access, but the campground/resort rents rowboats and allows boat access for a nominal fee. The lake still holds many underwater stumps left standing when the lake was dammed sometime after 1860.

The lake itself was originally a smaller water body called Silkmans Pond. Named after local businessman Henry Silkman, a tributary of Jones Creek flowing out of the pond was dammed to create the larger lake. Mr. Silkman was an avid fisherman and stocked the lake with a variety of fish, the offspring of which likely inhabit the waters today. The area that was eventually flooded appears to have been a peat bog and has given rise to the most unusual feature of Lake Henry: the floating islands. Several boggy floating islands are semi-permanently in place in the lake, although not firmly attached to the lake bottom. At least once in recent history, the largest island broke free during a storm and crushed a couple of shoreline docks. Local residents managed to ‘tow’ the island with motor boats and pontoons farther south on the lake where it eventually became lodged near a cove called the ‘Stump Pond’. The islands serve as nesting grounds for waterfowl and are a delightful piece of local lake lore that residents very much enjoy.

Immediately east of the long, narrow lake, State Game Area 310 contains 1,120 acres of wildlife habitat and nature watching opportunities. A two-and-a-half-mile section of abandoned railroad bed is accessible via SR 3016 for horseback riding and bicycling, while most of the area is open to foot traffic. The wetlands near the lake provide feeding habitat to eagles, herons and a variety of fishing birds. Roads are quiet and often deserted, offering fine opportunities for hiking, cycling and bird watching. A number of activities are scheduled at Lake Henry itself. The campground/resort acts as the social center of the lake and provides such activities as Campfire Music nights, outdoor movies, an Arts & Crafts Festival, hot air balloon ride weekend, nature education series, and activities for children.

In nearby Scranton, railroad buffs can enjoy the Steamtown National Historic Site, take the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour or enjoy the Harry Houdini Tour, Show and Museum. Nearby casinos and harness racing venues provide adult entertainment. In winter, cross-country skiing and ice fishing are favorite cold-weather activities. Two downhill ski resorts are about an hour’s drive of the lake. The Scranton and Wilkes-Barre area is filled with museums, historic buildings and entertainment options.

Less than 20 miles to the northeast, Honesdale offers train excursions to Lackawaxen on the Delaware River, with its quaint Victorian charm and Zane Grey Museum. A number of golf courses, small town museums and interesting shops and art galleries are interspersed between plenty of antique shops, local restaurants and farm markets. Every family member will find plenty of activities to both match their existing interests and encourage them to embrace new ones. Every possible outdoor activity and hobby can be indulged in somewhere near Lake Henry. Set within the seemingly endless Pocono Mountains, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, photography, nature observation and bird watching. Plentiful public lands are available for hunting in season. Wayne County is home to more lakes than any other county in the state, so fishing and water activities abound throughout the county.

Real estate opportunities exist at Lake Henry, although nearly always in the form of existing homes. Lodgings for visitors include private home rentals and park cabin rentals at the campground, with bed-and-breakfasts, motels and cabins nearby to suit every need. So come and hide out in plain sight at Lake Henry; there are activities to suit vacationers in every season. Bring the fishing gear, or the kayak or the hiking boots. Better yet, bring them all . . .and stay long enough to make Lake Henry your own.

Things to do at Lake Henry

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Antiquing
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Lake Henry

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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Lake Henry Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Lake Hanry Cottagers Association

Surface Area: 308 acres

Shoreline Length: 4 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,883 feet

Average Depth: 15 feet

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

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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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

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 | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

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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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

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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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

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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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

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.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- 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.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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