511 Lakeside Drive
Harveys Lake, PA 18618
About Harveys Lake
Harvey's Lake is located in the northeastern mountainous region of Pennsylvania and is named after its discoverer Benjamin Harvey. With an area of 658 hectares, it is the largest lake in Pennsylvania and the second largest in North America after Lake Erie.
British and Indian forces captured Wilkes-Barre, Harvey was arrested the following spring at Fort Niagara, but never lived near the lake that bears his name. Generations of settlers, holidaymakers and visitors have enjoyed the natural beauty of the spring lake - fed by a lake and its picturesque views. Harvey's Lake is located in the northeastern mountainous region of Pennsylvania and is the second largest lake in North America after Lake Erie. British and Indian troops conquer Wilkes Barre and conquer it in 1817 during the American Revolutionary War (1776 - 1789).
In the 19th century, settlers settled in the Endless Mountains around the lake and engaged in agriculture and timber industry.
Several early residents try their hand at various shops around Harveys Lake, but the timber harvest is the most productive.
This small town, aptly named Outlet Mills, creates a drain into the creek at the mouth of Harveys Creek, the largest of its kind in the United States. Its runoff supports wood processing by the U.S. Forest Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources.
The Lehigh Valley Railroad built a spur to the north end of the lake and soon after a resort hotel was built. In 1935 the ice was cut off for commercial use and tree trunks were thrown with ice - loaded onto the lake. The railroad built picnic areas on the shore to lure paying passengers into the lakes. They are still visible today, as in the photo above from a picnic spot at Harveys Lake.
In the 1890s, the lake's banks were filled with water, steamships took guests to picnic spots on the lakes.
In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt visited the Grand Hotel in Oneonta, and in the new century new amusements were created to attract visitors to the lake.
A trolley line and buses brought visitors from Wilkes-Barre and Dallas to stay overnight, sand was delivered by train, a dance pavilion was set up and a carousel was set up. Harveys Lake has been extensively built with beaches and carousels, as well as a beach house, swimming pool, tennis court, golf course, picnic area, playground, water park and swimming hole.
The big-band era came, as did loudspeakers and the occasional home - built during Prohibition to supply nightclubs. As the coast filled up with available space, Harvey Lake became more of an adult entertainment venue, with the big bands of the Roaring Twenties, Thirties, Forties, Fifties and Sixties taking center stage. The amusement park, built by the developers, sold out within days of its construction.
The Second World War took its toll on Harveys Lake, and the old Grand Hotel was destroyed in a fire and never rebuilt. The steamships were long gone, the roller coasters were dismantled and shipped to better places. In the 1960s, the theme park limped along until it too was closed. Eventually, the railway ceased to operate and was finally shut down in the late 1970s.
Hotel rooms were replaced by private holiday homes, and even the beach passed into private hands, but only after a few hundred hectares of private property.
The lakeside became an upscale destination for the wealthy to do business with, but improved roads and better access made it a popular destination for tourists and a tourist attraction.
The entire lake is privately owned, except for the state jetty on the southwest shore, and the public beach is no longer public or beach.
Two marinas, one with an attached campground, offer boaters access to the lake, and on the south shore there is a small boat ramp for boaters and anglers. In the area there are a number of properties, such as a boat pier, marina, camper place and fishing pier.
The crystal clear water is as inviting and inviting as it was over 200 years ago when Benjamin Harvey climbed the crest and saw the lake. The lake has become an independent municipality with sewerage, and the quality of the water has improved. New permanent residents of Harveys Lake enjoy the beautiful views of the Allegheny River and its natural beauty.
On summer days, the unoccupied water offers all kinds of ships for any type of ship, and water skiing is allowed. On weekends, the speed is 45, on weekdays, the speed is 30.
Children love inflatables, older teenagers like wakeboarding and boaters often go to local waterfront restaurants to meet informally. Sailing is a popular activity, the local yacht club offers a sailing course, there are regular sailboat races and sailboat races.
Several tournaments are held throughout the year, including an annual pickerl tournament, and trout fishing is governed by special rules to encourage optimal growth. Fishermen visit Harveys Lake every year to try to catch some of the best trout in the area, as well as other fish species such as perch, trout, snapper, bluefish, pike, etc.
Visitors can find many activities in the area to round off the summer holidays, and ice skating and boating is a popular sport. Ice fishermen can stay at the lake during the winter months, when the ice is thick enough, and in spring and autumn.
The Endless Mountains are beautiful and the whole area is a photographer's dream, with its beautiful views of the Allegheny Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains and of course Harveyys Lake.
Cycling and hiking trails have been converted into snowshoe trails and even some snowmobile trails and some mountain bike routes.
Two state parks are 15 miles from Harveys Lake, Rickett State Park and Wilkes-Barre National Park. Two of the parks are within 15 miles of HarvesysLake, Glen Glen State Park and Harvey Lake State Recreation Area. The Glen has a number of free-flowing waterfalls, 22 of which are in the area on the Waterfall Trail. One of the most popular events is the Wilke's Barres Triathlon, which takes place in the park on July 4 and 5, 2015.
Northwest of Harveys Lake, the Tunkhannock area offers many visitor-friendly places that tourists can enjoy. Especially the children are happy about the trout farming and the fishing ponds, and here is guaranteed something to catch.
Wilkes - Barre offers 14 miles from the lake to the city, and the Endless Mountains Nature Centre is open in summer. The North East Pennsylvania Bluegrass Festival offers music lovers the opportunity to enjoy many variations of this historic music form and many other events this summer.
On the course there are several golf courses and cinemas open to the public, as well as a number of restaurants, bars, shops and restaurants.
The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour is a great way to spend a rainy day and enjoy the The nearby town of Scranton has several attractions for adventurers and history buffs. The National Historic Site of Steamtown features a Technology Museum and a History Museum, and events, festivals and gardens are open to the public. Explore the modern buildings and visit the National Natural History Museum, a historic national park and the museum itself.
According to published timetables, the journey time from Houston to Scranton is 2 hours and 15 minutes, and to Houston, Texas 2.5 hours.
On the outskirts of the village there is a popular ski slope and the Endless Mountains offer residents and visitors alike endless fun and a variety of outdoor activities.
There is never enough to see and do in Harveys Lake, so don't miss your chance to visit this beautiful place. Come for a week or an entire summer and experience the beauty of this amazing place for yourself.