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Places to Swim in NEPA: Summer 2020

As Northeastern Pennsylvania counties begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions, some public pools and beaches are reopening for the summer. We’ve updated our annual list of places to swim to reflect any changes or closures.

Please note that each location has its own safety guidelines, such as enforcing social distancing and limiting the amount of visitors. Call or check online to prepare for your visit.

Note: We will periodically update the list to reflect any changes, so locations may be added or removed.

Cannonball! Dive in to NEPA’s Lakes and Pools.

 

Summers were made for leaping off of diving boards and playing endless games of Marco Polo.

A refreshing swim always hits the spot on a hot summer day. NEPA’s state and community parks offer tons of summertime fun, from crystal-clear pools to lakes and sand beaches. So grab your towel, slather on some sunblock and throw on your flip flops. These public parks are some of the coolest spots to spend the summer.

 

Relax. We’re on Lake Time.

 

 

Sandy beaches and gentle waves provide the perfect staycation.

Treat yourself to a beach day without the drive. Many of NEPA’s state and local parks have lakes and sand beaches where you can splash and sunbathe all day long. Relax on the shore, or relive the glory days of summer camp as you leap into the cool, refreshing water.

Lakes & Beaches:

  • Beltzville State Park

    Opening Date: June 6

    The waters of Beltzville Lake are calling your name. Visit the sand beach and swimming area at Beltzville State Park in Lehighton the next time you need to cool off.

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  • Gouldsboro State Park

    Opening Date: June 6

    Plan a beach day at Gouldsboro State Park. They offer a sand beach and swimming area in the scenic Pocono Mountains. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

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  • Hickory Run State Park

    Opening Date: June 6

    Get your fill of sun and sand at the beach at Hickory Run State Park in White Haven. The cool waters of Sand Springs Lake always beat the heat.

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  • Locust Lake State Park

    Opening Date: June 6

    Relax to the sound of waves lapping the shore at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville. A sand beach and swimming area invite visitors to the pristine lake.

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  • Promised Land State Park

    Opening Date: June 6

    Two beaches mean double the fun at Promised Land State Park in Greentown. The main beach is located by the day use picnic area and snack stand. A smaller sand beach is at Pickerel Point.

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  • Ricketts Glen State Park

    Opening Date: June 6

    Soak up the sun at Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park. The park offers a swimming area and sand beach with picnic tables, charcoal grills and a volleyball court right on the shore.

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  • Tobyhanna State Park

    Opening Date: June 6

    The beach at Tobyhanna State Park is a great place to cool off in the Poconos. Kick back on the shores of Tobyhanna Lake and treat yourself to a mini vacation.

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  • Tuscarora State Park

    Opening Date: June 6

    Chill out at the lake at Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville. The beach is a fun summertime destination for all ages.

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  • Palmyra Township Public Beach

    Opening Date: June 19

    Lounge on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack at Palmyra Township Public Beach. Spend the day in the sand, chill out at the snack bar or start a cookout at their charcoal grills. Lifeguards are on duty. The beach charges daily rates.

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  • Mauch Chunk Lake Park

    Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe is home to a 345-acre lake with a sand beach and  swimming area. To reduce crowding, the beach is open to Carbon County residents only through June 30 or until the county reaches the green phase, whichever lasts longer.

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Kick It Poolside

 

 

That glittering blue water is so inviting.

It’s easy to spend all of summer vacation floating in an inner tube, just watching the clouds drift by. Work on your strokes or race down the waterslides. Maybe you’ll nail that high dive this year (or just end up with an epic belly flop).

Gather up the family and spend a day in the water. The pools at NEPA’s state and community parks offer summertime fun at prices that won’t break the bank.

Public Pools:

  • Ber-Vaughn Park and Pool

    Opening Date: June 6

    Dive in at Ber-Vaughn Park and Pool in Berwick, the largest community pool in the state. This ADA-accessible pool welcomes residents and non-residents. Daily rates and season memberships are available.

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  • Baer Memorial Pool

    Opening Date: June 13

    Make a splash this summer at Baer Memorial Pool in Lehighton. This community pool has three waterslides and a children’s splash pad. Daily rates and season memberships are available.

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  • Forty Fort Pool

    Opening Date: June 15

    Cool off at the Forty Fort Pool at Betty Mascelli Park. The pool will only be open to Forty Fort residents and 2019 season members to help reduce crowding.

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  • Lackawanna State Park

    Opening Date: June 20

    Cool off at Lackawanna State Park’s ADA-accessible swimming pool. The kids will love frolicking through the splash pad, which will reopen when Lackawanna County reaches the green phase.

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  • Frances Slocum State Park

    Opening Date: June 20

    Located just outside of Wilkes-Barre, Frances Slocum State Park provides a little escape from the bustle of the city. Their pool is ADA accessible and features fun slides. The Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) will offer a bus route to the park from June 17 through late August.

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  • Kingston Community Pool

    Opening Date: June 27

    Swim, slide and splash at the Kingston Community Pool. This pool features diving boards, waterslides and a splash pad for the little ones. To reduce crowding, they will only be open to Kingston residents and current members this season.

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  • Palmerton Memorial Park

    Opening Date: July 2

    Take a dip at the pool at Palmerton Memorial Park, which has swim lanes, waterslides and a splash pad. Due to safety guidelines, the pool will only offer season memberships to residents within the Palmerton Area School District and recent season passholders.

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  • Dansbury Park

    Opening Date: July 2

    The Dansbury Park Pool in East Stroudsburg hopes to open for the Fourth of July as long as Monroe County is in the green phase. The splash pad and slides will keep the kids busy for hours.

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And don’t forget, for all of our friends, families, and neighbors, continue observing all recommended health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information, visit Geisinger’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

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