Friday, July 24, 2009

Harveys Lake, PA

Harveys Lake, PA

By Mike and Sue Czerniakowski

Discovered by Benjamin Harvey in 1781 as a recently released prisoner of war making his way back to his Pennsylvania home. This, the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania, was previously unknown to American settlers.

Today it is a popular recreation area for boating, fishing, swimming, and sailing. The lake encompasses 660 acres or roughly over one square mile and is located in the most northern section of Luzerne County about a 2-hour drive from Allentown and about 30 minutes from Wilkes-Barre.

There is a State launch ramp just off of Lakeside Drive in the northwest corner of the lake. It features two paved launch ramps, ample parking, and restroom facilities. The best part is that there is no charge for launching your boat!

There is no boat size or horsepower limitations on the lake. However, there is a speed limit of 45mph on weekends and holidays and a very strict ‘no-wake’ restriction from sunset to sunrise.

The lake features fishing tournaments and is home to the swimming portion of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Triathlon held each summer. You can even learn to sail at the Harveys Lake Yacht Club.

There are restaurants on the water as well like Grotto Pizza and others. Just pull your boat up to the dock, have dinner, and afterward enjoy a moonlight cruise around the lake.

The Lakeside Skillet, Harveys Lake’s newest restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is in our opinion the best family restaurant around. But don’t take our word – check it out for yourself. There is even an outdoor patio!

If you wish to spend some more time, there are cottage rentals right on the lake as well. Visit Garrity Realty’s Stonehurst Cottage Rentals they would be happy to show you around. Or give them a call at 570-639-1891. They even have boat slips.

This is a great place to bring your family and your boat for a fun time on the water. And do not skimp on the fun – you can refill your tank from gas docks right on the water.

Please remember that even though this is a resort community in the summer, many of us have made this our home so please be respectful and we can all enjoy this beautiful place together.

Also – Ted, if you are reading this, when are you coming up to see us? We have invited you many times and we are getting tired of waiting ;- )

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