Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania, USA

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All About Pocono Lake

The majestic Pocono Mountains set the backdrop for the lake that shares its name, Pocono Lake. The manmade Pocono Lake is located in the Northeastern Mountain Region of Pennsylvania in Monroe County. Built for logging in 1867, Pocono Lake is now part of the Pocono Lake Preserve which is a private lake community.

The Pocono Lake Preserve was founded in 1907 for the purpose of forming a vacation and religious retreat. Members of the Preserve have two to four acre plots with a cottage. A road circles the lake making it possible for all members of Pocono Lake Preserve to have access to the lake. The Preserve also maintains almost 28 miles of hiking trails that meander through their lands. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the hiking trails, allowing hikers to enjoy the tranquility of their surroundings.

Although Pocono Lake Preserve is a private lake community, vacation rentals can be found in the mountains surrounding the lake. The peaceful mountain atmosphere will leave any guest feeling calm and refreshed. The Pocono Mountains are well known as a vacation getaway. Visitors may enjoy numerous outdoor activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and picnicking in the warmer months. When snow begins to fall, the Pocono Mountains become a winter wonderland and offer skiing, snowmobiling or even dogsled racing. From the vivid colors of fall to the thick blanket of snow, the Pocono Mountains will intrigue all who visit its peaks. The towns located near Pocono Lake provide tourists wilth ample places to shop such as outlets and antique stores. There are also fine dining establishments as well as places to pick up a quick bite to eat. Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, and mountain cabins welcome vacationers after a full day of play.

Nature lovers will enjoy the natural resources located near Pocono Lake. There are state parks within easy driving distance. To the northeast of Pocono Lake, there are Tobyhanna State Park and Gouldsboro State Park, and to the southwest are Hickory Run State Park and Lehigh Gorge State Park. These state parks provide thousands of acres that are open to the public for hunting, trapping, fishing, camping, hiking, biking and more. An abundance of wildlife lives in these state parks, and very often observant watchers may spot fox, white-tailed deer, black bear, turkey, raccoon, beaver, mink, and squirrel. There are many streams, rivers and lakes located in the state parks where anglers can cast in their line for bass, yellow perch, sunfish, pickerel, brook trout, muskellunge, walleye, crappie, and fallfish.

Summer, winter, spring, and fall, Pocono Lake and Pocono Mountains are beautiful year round, and each season offers its own fun. For those who are having a hard time deciding when to visit the recreational wonderland can pack their bags and take up residence in the surrounding area. Real estate can easily be found and with its close proximity to larger cities, the Pocono Lake area is a great place for commuters. After a hard day of work, home owners can sit on their porches while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the Pocono Mountains. Pocono Lake and the splendor of the Pocono Mountains will satisfy all who visit or make their home there.

Things to Do at Pocono Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Antiquing

Fish Species Found at Pocono Lake

  • Bass
  • Brook Trout
  • Crappie
  • Fallfish
  • Muskellunge
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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Recommended Sites to Book a Pocono Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Pocono Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Pocono Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Pocono Lake Preserve

Surface Area: 526 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,749 feet

Completion Year: 1867

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