Lackawanna State Park

About

The 1,411-acre Lackawanna State Park is in northeastern Pennsylvania, ten  miles north of Scranton. The 198-acre Lackawanna Lake is the  centerpiece of this beautiful, modern recreational facility, which also  has hiking, camping and picnicking. The park is easily reached from I-81. Visitors should take Exit 199 and  travel three miles west on PA 524. Visitors coming via U.S. routes 6 and  11 should take PA 438 east about three miles to PA 407, then south. Camping: modern sites, some with electric. The campground is within walking distance of the lake and swimming area.  The campground offers various types of campsites for tents and  trailers, 61 sites with electric hookups 40-50 amp., modern centralized  washhouses providing hot showers and restrooms, and a sanitary dump  station. The camping season is from the second Friday in April until the  third Sunday in October. The maximum camping period is 14 consecutive  days in the summer season and 21 consecutive days in the off-season. All  campground restrooms and washhouses are accessible. Some unique features of the campground are the children’s play areas and  small fishing ponds along Woodland Ponds Trail.

Details

The park is in the  Lackawanna Valley. Lacka-wanna is an American Indian  word meaning “the  meeting of two streams.” An important Indian trail linked the valley to  New York State. In the  early 1800s, settlers followed this path and  built farms in the  Lackawanna Valley. The trail became old PA 407. From  1821 to 1826 the  Philadelphia and Great Bend Turnpike was built on old  PA 407, spawning  many businesses. In 1898, several area farmers  organized the Maitland Fair and Driving  Park Association. Annual fairs  and horse races attracted large crowds  for a dozen years. The  racecourse was in the current park camping area  on the Woodland Ponds  Trail. The price of water indirectly led to the creation of Lackawanna  State  Park. In 1912, the D.L. & W. Railroad felt that they were  being  overcharged for water and began purchasing land to build their  own  reservoir. The Scranton Gas and Water Company lowered their price  and  the lake was never built. The land was leased to farmers until 1946  when Robert Moffat, a  prominent Scranton coal operator, purchased the  land and rented it to  his employees. In 1968, the Commonwealth of  Pennsylvania purchased the land and  developed it into an outstanding  recreation area whose primary  attraction is Lackawanna Lake, the  meeting place of many streams. The  park was dedicated on June 10, 1972.

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