Days
<1
Motors Allowed?
Yes
Difficulty
Easy / Class A
Distance
4.34 mi (6.98 km)
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The name Lackawanna is derived from a word used by the Delaware Native Americans meaning “the stream that forks.” Today, Lackawanna State Park is best known not for a stream, but rather for its scenic 198-acre lake surrounded by beautiful woodlands. The picturesque lake makes a great location for a kayak adventure. Located in Lackawanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania just 10 miles north of Scranton, the 1,445-acre park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

For your convenience, various types of boats can be rented near the swimming pool area. Motorboats are permitted, but electric motors only. If you bring your own kayak, there is a choice of easy spots to put-in. The 2.5-mile lake has three boat launches. The lake has approximately 7.5 miles of shoreline to explore with a wide area as well as narrow, shallower coves for a more secluded paddle.

Swimming in the lake is not permitted. But the lake has plenty of fish swimming in it, so bring your fishing rod. The lake has both cold and warm water fish. Some of the common species include bullhead, channel catfish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, pickerel, trout and walleye.

There are plenty of spots for a nice picnic near the lake. A main picnic area overlooks the lake, and there are small picnic areas at the northern and southern ends of the lake at the Bullhead Bay Boat Launch and States Creek Mooring Area. The park has three picnic pavilions that can be reserved for a fee; however, if they are not reserved, they are free on a first-come, first-served basis. The area has modern restrooms and a campground including sites with and without electricity and tent sites. Cottages and yurts are also available to complete your kayaking adventure.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Large lake. Interesting coves. Wildflowers and wildlife.

Cons

Motorboats.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Put-in location (lat, long coordinates)

41.563676 -75.707815

Take-out location (lat, long coordinates)

41.563676 -75.707815

Water Temperature

50.00 °F (10.00 °C)

Features

Family friendly
Fishing
Boat ramp(s)
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Bird watching
Showers
Potable water
Flushing toilets
Wildflowers

Trail type

Loop

Access

Vehicle

Typically multi-day

No

Shuttle required

No

Site characteristics: Water

Lake

Portage required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Poconos + Endless Mountains, Pennsylvania

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