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    1268 Palisades Drive
    Leesport, PA 19533-9750
    Phone: (610) 376-6337

NOTICE: Many states are discouraging or banning movement of firewood to control spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Not bringing wood from home to your campsite and not taking unused wood you procure while camping home with you is recommended -- required in some states. Check the following website to learn more:

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See the Blue Marsh Lake website for additional information. Primary recreational opportunities are listed below.

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Blue Marsh Lake Visitor Center / Overlook (610) 376-6337

Directions & Lake History/Factoid
Directions: From Reading PA or US Rt. 222, take PA Rt. 183 North to the Bern Church. Turn left onto Palisades Drive and follow the project signs to the lake's main access areas.

Lake History

Factoid: Blue Marsh Lake is located northwest of Reading, Pa., and is an outdoor recreation hot spot in Berks County. The 1,150 acre lake is perfect for boating, fishing, and other watersports activities, while 5000 acres of land contain hiking trails, picnic areas, a swim beach, and boat launches. Part of the Greater Reading Trail System, Blue Marsh Lake offers 45 miles of multi-purpose trails which are great for biking, walking, hiking, and horseback riding. Visitors enjoy the Dry Brooks Day Use Area for its swim beach, picnic tables, grills, pavilions, public restrooms, and concession stand. The Visitor Center overlooks the dam tower, delivering a spectacular view of the lake, while the Stilling Basin, where water is released from the dam, has a universally accessible fishing pier. Tulpehocken Creek downstream is considered one of the best trout fisheries in SE Pennsylvania. The surrounding lands also offer great hunting opportunities!

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Please see the list below for USACE managed areas. Other parks run by state or private marinas are not included in the list below. Please contact the state or private marina for additional information.

Open    Partially Open    Closed    Status Unknown

11 Recreation areas at Blue Marsh Lake

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 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Blue Marsh Lake Visitor Center/Overlook             A        
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Church Road Access Area             A       W
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Dry Brooks Day Use Area   $     X       A GS X I
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Dry Brooks Launch   $         D A        
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Highland Road Access Area                    
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Reber's Bridge Access Area             A        
Sheidy Ramp       X   P A        
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Spring Creek Access Area                    
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area State Hill   $         D A       I
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Stilling Basin           P A       M
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Swiftwater Court Access Area             A        
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area   Corps Managed Managed by Others in Italics $ Corps Fees Collected
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XExists at lake
EElectric Campsites
NNon-electric Campsites
PPrimitive Campsites
GGroup Camping
DDump Station
CFish Cleaning Stations
DFishing Docks
PFishing Piers
APicnic Area
GGroup Picnic
GSGroup Picnic Shelter
PSwimming Pool
BBike Trails
QEquestrian Trails
HHiking Trails
IHiking Trails - Interpretive
ROff Road Vehicle Trails
FFitness Trails
WWater Trails
SSnow Mobile Trails
CCCross Country Skiing Trails
MMultipurpose Trails

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