So the last of the fall foliage has fallen to the ground, the air has become cold and snow has begun to fall. As Lake Wallenpaupack begins to freeze it starts to turn into a winter wonderland full of great winter activities. Named Wallenpaupack from Lenape Indian name meaning "The Stream of Swift and Slow Water " it was created in 1926 by PP&L as a source of hydroelectric power this manmade lake encompasses - approximately 5,700 acres, 13 miles long, and boasts 52 miles of shoreline with its deepest point approximately 60 feet below the surface. Located in the heart of the Mountain Lake Region of Pennsylvania when the Lake freezes it becomes a wonderful place to explore.
Lake Wallenpaupack is unquestionably the ice fishing capital of the state due to the fact that it freezes sooner than any other lake in the area. You can see freezing on the lake as early as December. Lake Wallenpaupack also has a reputation of producing trophy striped bass, 20lbs plus, every winter as well as large northern pike and walleye.
Another great winter activity on the lake is ice skating there are many places where you can slip on your skates and test out the ice. And if you are lucky you may just see some of the ice dancers, but for a real treat why not try your hand at Ice golf. This nine-hole golf tournament held every year in February is a real treat for participants and spectators alike. Two nine-hole courses will be created near Ehrhardt's Waterfront Restaurant as they have been for the last twenty years. Started by a group of local restaurant owner this event also boosts an ice bar and wacky hat contest as well as closest to the hole putting contest.
Lake Wallenpaupack also offers miles of trails around the lake to explore whether it be by snow shoe, snow mobile, or even cross country skiing. Located within a short driving distance from the lake are many downhill skiing attractions including Camelback Mountain. When it's time to warm up you can enjoy a hot cocoa and still enjoy the views at Ehrhardt's Waterfront Restaurant located right on the lake.
Whether you are on the lake fishing or enjoying the views from the shore line of Lake Wallenpaupack it is truly a winter wonderland full of wonders to explore. Come visit Lake Wallenpaupack today.
Brenda Hopkins writes for 84 Hawley PA
about Lake Wallenpaupack and gives travel advice.