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Nockamixon State Park

The largest lake in Southeastern Pennsylvania, accompanied by a 5,283-acre park

Lake Nockamixon

Lake Nockamixon Credit: B. Krist for GPTMC


The Experience

Offering more than 1,450 acres and four public launching areas, Lake Nockamixon is a popular spot for boating of all kinds, including catamarans and windsurfers. Anglers also enjoy this warm, expansive water lake, which is stocked with a variety of species.

You can rent small paddle boats here, and there’s a pool for swimming. The 10 overnight cabins available for use are modern and comfortable, and a series of trails wind through the relatively flat landscape about the lake.

Park visitors may enjoy a variety of activities throughout the year. Most park areas are open sunrise to sunset. Fishing and boating is permitted 24 hours a day in designated areas. Some park areas are closed in the winter, but there are some picnicking areas, fishing areas, trails and cabins open year-round.


A boat rental concession has canoes, motorboats, rowboats, sailboats, paddleboats and pontoon boats during the summer season. Call directly to the boat rental for applicable rates and regulations.


The lake is a warm-water fishery. Commons species are walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, smallmouth and largemouth bass, striped bass hybrids, channel catfish, carp and various types of panfish.


Picnic tables and charcoal grills are in several areas of the park and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


There are three miles of hiking trails, a 2.8-mile bicycle trail, and 20 miles of equestrian trails.

Come Prepared

You’ll need your own boat for serious sailing, but conveniently there’s a boat rental company onsite. There’s no swimming in the lake itself. Except for the cabin area, fishing pier and marina, the park closes at sunset. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited and pets must be leashed.

Outsider’s Tip

Lake Nockamixon is classified as a Trophy Bass Lake and regularly hosts bass tournaments. The park is also home to bald eagles as well as a great blue heron rookery.


There are three miles of hiking trails, a 2.8-mile bicycle trail, and 20 miles of equestrian trails.


1542 Mountain View Drive
Quakertown, PA 18951
(215) 529-7300

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