Lake Nuangola, Pennsylvania, USA

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USA - Mid-Atlantic - Pennsylvania - Northeastern Mountains -

Also known as:  Nuangola Lake

Lake Nuangola, also known as Nuangola Lake, is located in Luzerne County in the Northeastern Mountain Region of Pennsylvania. At just over 1165 feet in elevation, this heart-shaped lake is named for the borough (Nuangola) in which it resides. The name Nuangola derives from an Algonquin language spoken by Native Americans. One legend is that a Native American maiden named Nuangola drowned in the lake, while another story states that Nuangola is the Algonquin word for “Three-Cornered Lake”.

Lake Nuangola is a natural glacier-carved and spring-fed lake with beautiful views of the hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. A cranberry bog is central to the borough of Nuangola, which has an area of 1.3 square miles with approximately 700 permanent residents.

Activites at Nuangola Lake include fishing, boating, paddling, bird watching, and wildlife viewing. Expect to catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, sauger, walleye, and catfish. To catch the most catfish, head to the lake during the summer months when the blue catfish, flathead catfish, and channel catfish spawn. Your best bet is to go where there are downed trees, holes in the bank, or sunken barrels and tires.

Lake Nuangola was home to the Grove Theater or the Nuangola Playhouse from 1934 to 1959, when it was widely known as a popular summer stock theater. Actor Kirk Douglas made his acting debut at the Grove in 1941, when he performed for 18 weeks before moving to New York City. The theater was sold in the late 1950’s to the Diocese of Scranton and was converted into St. Ann’s Church. In April 2001, the Grove was restored and is currently the center for community and arts.

Other towns near Nuangola Lake include Mountain Top, White Haven, Wilkes-Barre, and Dalton. Mountain Top, east of Lake Nuangola, offers mountain streams for fishing, public golf courses, and woods for hunting. While in Mountain Top, visit the F.M. Kirbys home, a 26-room mansion built in 1915 that is now used as an Episcopalian Church. White Haven, located off Interstate 80 is home to Lehigh Gorge State Park, a 4,548-acre park with hiking, bicycling, sightseeing, and photographic opportunities. One of the highlights of the park are the Class III whitewater rapids on this section of the Lehigh River.

For shopping, head to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area where you can spend an entire weekend browsing the small, mom-and-pop shops. Besides great shops and restaurants, Wilkes-Barre is close to Harvey’s Lake, the largest natural body of water in eastern Pennsylvania. With nine miles of shoreline, the lake offers easy access to swimming, fishing, water skiing, motor boating, and scuba diving.

For a wildlife experience, head to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary near Drehersville. Located on the migratory path of over 14 species, this sanctuary is a temporary home to bald eagles, coopers hawks, ospreys, kestrels, and golden eagles. There is an eight-mile trail system that provides access to Appalachian forests and the renowned 2,700-mile Appalachian Trail.

Vacation Rentals and real estate are available on the shores of Lake Nuangola for those who wish to take life a little slower. What better way to start your day than to wake up to cool mountain breezes and a full day fishing Lake Nuangola.

Things to do at Lake Nuangola

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Nuangola

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Blue Catfish
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Sauger
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Walleye

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Lake Nuangola Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Nuangola Lake Association

Surface Area: 103 acres

Shoreline Length: 2 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,165 feet

Maximum Depth: 29 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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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