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Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center

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The Learning center houses the Lake Office and features:

  • Displays about hydroelectric generation, recreation opportunities and the history of the building of the lake
  • An auditorium
  • Science laboratory
  • Resource library
  • Offices and meeting rooms.

The center is used by community organizations that share an interest in clean water, conservation and resource preservation. It also provides office space to the Wallenpaupack Historical SocietyLake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Contact Us
Lake Office 1-877-775-5253

Lake Wallenpaupack maintains five areas for camping around the lake, each with its own director who oversees camping registrations and site management. Make reservations by contacting the campgrounds directly.

  • Access to electricity, coin-operated washing machines and dryers, and hot showers between the last Saturday in April and the third Sunday in October
  • Each area has a small general store, dock rentals, launching ramps and picnic areas
  • Close for winter (the third Sunday in October to the last Saturday in April) 
  • Registered campers with self-contained trailers may use the Ironwood, Ledgedale and Wilsonville dumping stations without charge.
  • Firewood, when available, can be purchased from the directors.
  • A limited number of seasonal sites are available at each of the four campgrounds.


  • Contact the director of each area for information, rates and reservations.
  • Reservations cannot be made by email. Make checks payable to the site’s director.
  • Pets are not permitted. Kennels are nearby.
  • A maximum of eight people, one camping unit and one car per campsite is allowed. Campsites are for family camping.
Seasonable campsites are available during the summer (last Saturday in April to third Sunday in October). Contact the director of each area.

Caffrey Camping Area
  • 29 tent and tent-trailer sites in field and wooded settings
  • Toilet, shower and laundry facilities are available for registered campers
  • Slip docks available for rent, gasoline available for boats
  • The hiking trails at the Shuman Point Natural Area are nearby
  • Popular area for boating, with good prevailing westerlies for sailboats

For information, rates and reservations, contact:
Caffrey Director
431 Lakeshore Drive
Lakeville, PA 18438

Ironwood Point Camping Area

  • 49 tents and trailers, 13 scenic lakefront sites for walk-in camping
  • Toilet, shower and laundry facilities and free dumping station
  • Children’s play area and a picnic pavilion
  • Slip docks available for rent, gasoline available for boats

Situated on a wooded hill overlooking the lake, the area is close to Burns and Kipp islands and to the Ledgedale Natural Area with its hiking and nature-study opportunities.

For information, rates and reservations, contact:
Ironwood Point Director
155 Burns Hill Rd.
Greentown, PA 18426

Ledgedale Camping Area

  • 70 tents and trailers wooded sites
  • Toilet, shower and laundry building
  • Children’s playground, game room and a free dump station for registered campers with self-contained trailers
  • Slip docks available for rent, gasoline available for boats

The camping area is adjacent to an 80-acre natural area that offers two miles of hiking trails.

For information, rates and reservations, contact:
Ledgedale Director
153 Ledgedale Road
Greentown, PA 18426

Wilsonville Camping Area

  • 160 tent and trailer sites located just off Route 6
  • Slip docks available for rent, gasoline available for boats
  • Flush toilet, shower and laundry facilities, and a free dumping station for registered campers
  • Children’s play area and picnic pavilion

An adjacent public swimming beach is operated by Palmyra Township, which charges admittance.

For information, rates and reservations, contact:
Wilsonville Director
113 Ammon Drive
Hawley, PA 18428
570-226-4382 (no reservations by email)

Five Mile Point Group Camping Area
Five Mile Point is an additional recreation site for group camping only, reserved for supervised youth organizations.

  • Accommodates two large groups of six to 26 people
  • Boat in or take a several-hundred-yard walk to lakefront sites
  • Sheltered picnic tables, hand pump for drinking water, food storage cabinets, fireplaces and toilets
  • Reservations necessary

To make reservations or for additional information, contact:

Ledgedale Director
153 Ledgedale Road
Greentown, PA 18426

More than six miles of hiking trails at Lake Wallenpaupack and almost 400 acres of protected natural areas are available to the public at no cost and all offer different views, wildlife and terrain.

Hunting, camping, fire-building, ATV’s, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Wallenpaupack Creek Trail
This trail is a continuation of the Wallenpaupack Lake Trail, which starts at the parking area for the Tafton Dike along Route 507. The lake trail covers 1.5 miles from the Tafton Dike to the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. The creek trail continues for another half-mile to a wetland area within the original creek bed.

Along the Wallenpaupack Creek Trail, hikers catch a great view of the dam, follow the flow line for several more yards and arrive at an observation area overlooking the original Wallenpaupack Creek bed. This location is now an important wetland habitat for spring breeding species, great blue herons and many other diverse flora and fauna.

Dogs are not permitted on this trail. 

Wallenpaupack Trail Map

Shuman Point Natural Area

This woodland is one of the last undeveloped areas around Lake Wallenpaupack. Before the lake was formed in 1926, parts of Shuman Point were farmed. Now, this 300 acres of woodland is a natural area set aside for the public’s enjoyment.

The Blue Trail starts as an old road which at one time was the main route for transportation to what was earlier known as Wilsonville Village. The trail parallels most of the shoreline. A variety of trees and wild flowers can be found throughout the wooded area, such aschestnut, oak, white pine, red maple,  white oak andamerican chestnut sprouts.

Shuman Point hosts a variety of wildlife, such as squirrels, turkey, grouse, white tail deer and black bear.

Hunting, camping, fire-building, ATV’s, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are prohibited. A parking area is located on Route 590.

Shuman Point Area Map

Beech House Creek Wildlife Refuge
Adjacent to Shuman Point Natural Area is the 60-acre Beech House Creek Wildlife Refuge. Here visitors may photograph some evidence of beaver activity and waterfowl. Mallards and wood ducks nest here. Great blue heron, hawks, mink, raccoons and otter may be seen.

It’s possible to explore these wetlands, although no official trail has been designated. Hunting, fishing, trapping and camping are prohibited at Beech House Creek.

Map of Shuman Point Area

Ledgedale Natural Area
Adjacent to the Ledgedale Recreation Area, this 80-acre woodland tract is maintained in a natural state with trails for hiking, bird watching, photography and public enjoyment of the scenery. Many of the trails follow old logging roads, since this area was logged in the 1910-1920 period. The observant hiker will notice many different types of trees, with red maple, black birch and hemlock being the most common. In winter, the large stands of hemlock are in sharp contrast to the openness of the deciduous trees.

The large boulders seen along the hiking trails are evidence of the prehistoric glaciers that moved through this area. They were left as the glaciers receded. Although the rocks appear to penetrate the ground, they are usually on the surface with only sand and gravel beneath.

The woods are home to a wide variety of birds and animals. Some of the major game animals a lucky hiker may see include raccoon, red and gray fox, ruffed grouse, red and gray squirrel, white-tailed deer and black bear.

Hunting, camping, fire-building, ATVs, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are prohibited at Ledgedale Natural Area.

Ledgedale Natural Area Map

  • Facilities at our four recreation areas are available for a fee at Caffrey, Ironwood, Ledgedale and Wilsonville
  • Mangan Cove and the islands can be used at no charge
  • Areas are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted 

A public beach, adjacent to the Wilsonville Recreation Area, is open from July 1 to Labor Day

  • Operated by Palmyra Township
  • Swimming is not permitted at any company recreation areas
This earth-and-stone dike, located near the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and Pennsylvania Route 507, was built to prevent an overflow in a naturally low area of shoreline. The area offers a panoramic view of the lake with small trails to the water for fishing
The Lake Wallenpaupack Overlook, a scenic point along Route 590 near the dam, is popular with birders. Observe the osprey-nesting platform, visible from the parking lot, where these beautiful birds of prey spend their summers
Jointly developed by the Lake Office and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the area includes a boat ramp provided by the commission and picnic facilities offered free of charge by the Lake Office. There is also a handicap-accessible fishing pier available

Epply, Kipp, Burns and Cairns islands have grills and tables for boat-in picnicking

  • Restrooms are available on Epply and Cairns during the summer season
  • No camping, pets, open fires or alcoholic beverages are allowed
  • Open daylight hours only
  • Kipp Island is closed between January 1 and July 31 each year for nesting bald eagles

Cruising, water-skiing and sailing are popular activities

  • A fee for boat launching is charged at the Caffrey, Ironwood Point, Ledgedale and Wilsonville recreation areas
  • Boat sewage holding tanks can be pumped at the Caffrey and Wilsonville Recreation Areas for a fee

Lake fish include small- and large-mouth bass, rock bass, walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, rainbow trout, brown trout and yellow perch. Striped bass have been stocked in the lake.

  • The Lake Office maintains multiple fishing recreation areas
  • The shoreline fishing trail can be accessed at 5-Mile Point Youth Group Camping Area, off of Lacawac Road
  • at the Ironwood Point Recreation Area on Burns Hill Road
  • at the Mangan Cove Public Launch area, off of Route 590 near Hawley