Beltzville Lake is part of Beltzville State Park and a cooperative effort between several agencies. The lake was created and is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a 3, 600-acre flood-control project on Pohopoco Creek.  The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources leases and manages the recreation on and around the lake.

The 949-acre Beltzville Lake with nearly 20 miles of shoreline is stocked with warm-water and cold-water game fish and panfish. Common species are trout, striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, muskellunge and perch. Below the dam, Pohopoco Creek is stocked with trout. Much of the lake’s northern shoreline can be reached from Pohopoco Drive. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.

The Commission’s Habitat Management Section and the Tamaqua Bass Club have been installing spawning and nursery structures over the last five years. These structures include porcupine brush cribs and rock-rubble humps.  The porcupine cribs provide cover for spawning adult fish and young fish.

During the summer, Beltzville is a favorite destination for many boaters and waterskiers.  Lake users can enjoy the lake by canoe, kayak or motorboat.  There are no horsepower restrictions, but boaters need to be aware of some special regulations. There is a 45 mph speed limit on the lake

Our bait recommendations

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