“Fish in Marsh Creek!”
Marsh Creek State Park is in the rolling hills of northcentral Chester County. The 1,727-acre park contains the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake, which is great for fishing, sailing and is a reststop for migrating waterfowl. Marsh Creek State Park was developed to help manage the water resources in the Brandywine Creek Watershed, which drains 330 square miles, most of which are in Chester County. Frequent flooding, water shortages and lack of recreational opportunities for nearby population centers were problems in the watershed. The sponsoring agencies all shared the construction costs of the dam and lake. They were: U.S. Soil Conservation Service, Chester County Water Resources Authority, Chester County Commissioners, Chester County Conservation District, the General State Authority and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources). The Chester County Water Resources Authority and Chester County Commissioners paid for utility and road relocations. The Chester County Water Resources Authority also acquired the land rights for the project. The Department of Environmental Resources acquired the land around the lake for recreation from the Water Resources Authority for approximately $1.1 million. Project 70 bond funds were used to acquire the land at this site. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania constructed and operates the recreational facilities.
Great scenic and clean state park for family picnicking and watersports, with rental shop for boating, fishing and paddleboarding. ADA accessible fishing dock. Unheated swimming pool with tot zone is open summers, daily pass. Horseriding on horse/dog trails is offered at Lyndell Rd entrance. Horse lessons there with reservations required, see park website for maps and info. Remember to keep dogs on leash and PA fishing license current. No swimming in lake. Wading welcomed.
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