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Offering peaceful lakeside camping in the heavily forested surroundings of northeastern Pennsylvania, Lackawanna State Park is an excellent destination for an outdoor family vacation. Located near the town of Dalton, this 1,445-acre park sits on the shores of pretty Lackawanna Lake.
Boating, fishing, and swimming are just a few of the most popular recreational activities in the park, while hikers, mountain bikers, and winter sports enthusiasts are also well catered for. To top it off, the RV-friendly Lackawanna State Park campground offers an idyllic spot to set up camp just a short walk away from the lake.
There's plenty to experience and enjoy on your Lackawanna State Park camping trip, so keep reading to find out how you can make the most of your visit.
Covering almost 200 acres and stretching two and a half miles long, Lackawanna Lake is the centerpiece of Lackawanna State Park. If you love boating, fishing, or other water sports, you'll feel right at home here.
Gas motors are prohibited on the lake, making it a very popular spot for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking. There are three boat launching areas spread around the lake, and boat rentals are available from the concession stand near the pool area. A small number of mooring spaces are also available seasonally.
For many campers who take to the waters of Lackawanna Lake, the aim of the game is to try and catch a big one (or two). Warm-water and cold-water fish species can be caught here, so anglers can try targeting muskellunge, trout, walleye, channel catfish, and several other species. There's also an ADA-accessible fishing pier on the lake, not to mention a separate three-acre pond in the north of the park designed for youth fishing (ages 12 and under) only.
If you're a keen hiker, you'll be pleased to learn that there are approximately 18 miles of hiking trails to explore in Lackawanna State Park. The Lakeshore Trail is always popular and offers some lovely water views, while the two-mile North Woods Trail is another favorite for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the surrounding forest. Some 15 miles of the trails in this park are designated as multi-use, so it's worth bringing your mountain bike as well.
And if you work up a bit of a sweat while out on the trails, you might want to head to the Lackawanna State Park pool. The spray ground/splash zone is always a huge hit with kids, while zero-entry points are provided for people with disabilities. The pool is open on selected days from Memorial Day weekend through until Labor Day.
If you'd like to go camping in Lackawanna State Park, search for an RV in Lackawanna County and then reserve yourself a site in the park's beautiful campground.
Located just a short walk away from the lake, the campground boasts 56 electric sites, 12 non-electric sites, and more than 20 tent-only sites. Set in a wooded area, the sites are available from the mid-April until mid-October.
Shower houses feature flushing toilets and hot showers, while an RV dump station is also provided for added convenience. And if you want to camp with your dog at Lackawanna State Park, you'll need to reserve a site on either the Fox Run or Maple Lane camping loops.
Finally, Lackawanna State Park also offers camping cottages and yurts for visitors who don't want to camp in an RV or tent.
When you're ready to bring your Lackawanna State Park RV camping adventure to an end and hit the road once again, where you head next is entirely up to you. You'll find several great attractions no matter which direction you steer your rental RV, so it's worth stopping to smell the roses along the way.
For example, if you'd like to spend awhile exploring another great Pennsylvania state park, head 10 miles southeast to Archbald to check out Archbald Pothole State Park.
If you love history, you'll probably want to make the 25-minute drive south to Scranton to visit the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and the Steamtown National Historic Site.
And if you make the 45-minute drive southwest to Wilkes-Barre, you can enjoy excellent kayaking and whitewater rafting on the beautiful Susquehanna River.
When you rent an RV near Lackawanna State Park, you can enjoy a host of unique and memorable camping experiences. In fact, there's so much to see, do, and enjoy that you probably won't be able to fit it all into the one vacation.