Boat Launches Closed at Blue Marsh Lake

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Sept. 2, 2021

Due to heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ida, the boat launches at Blue Marsh Lake are closed to the public. The lake level is five feet above the normal summer pool and still rising. The dam will continue to impound water until the level of the Schuylkill River drops enough to allow for releases from the dam. There is no projection of when the lake levels will drop to a level that will allow the launches to open.

The Dry Brooks Day Use Area is open for land-based activity. The swimming area remains closed due to high levels of algae and the high lake level.

People visiting Blue Marsh should be aware of the closure of the boat launches and the restriction on boating at the facility. Visitors who are using the trail should be aware that low sections may be flooded. Anyone venturing into wet areas should use caution.

Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

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Scott Sunderland

Release no. 21-025