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Blue Marsh Lake provides year round recreation activities including fishing, hiking, and sight-seeing. Always remember – wear a life jacket. and take a course on boating safety before going out on the water!
Blue Marsh Lake’s federal public lands offers excellent opportunities to view flora and fauna. The property’s natural resources provides habitat for a variety of bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, and fish species.
Blue Marsh Lake property consists of 6200 acres of water and land resources. Blue Marsh Lake offers numerous water-related activities including swimming, fishing, kayaking, and boating (served by three boat launches).
The 3,002-acre Beltzville State Park is in the southern foothills of the Poconos. Pohopoco Creek feeds the 949-acre Beltzville Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates the dam while the PA DCNR operates the park facilities.
Blue Marsh Lake has prevented approximately $100 million dollars in flood damages since its construction.
With more than 36 miles of trails, 6200 acres of land, 1,148 acres of water, picnic areas, a small beach and boat launches, Blue Marsh Lake can accommodate all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts in all seasons!
The Francis E. Walter Dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961 and has prevented more than $233 million in flood damages. It also supports recreation in the Lehigh Valley with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.
USACE maintains 1800 acres of federal property at F.E. Walter Dam. The project provides numerous recreational opportunities including ice fishing in winter months.
As a federal land management agency, USACE was asked to “incorporate conservation practices for pollinator habitat improvement.” Francis E. Walter Dam has embraced this practice in various locations throughout the project area.
The red-spotted purple butterfly is common to Pennsylvania, it is a beautiful forest butterfly that is commonly seen in the woodland area surrounded by Francis E. Walter Dam.
Blue Marsh Lake offers a variety of spectacular landscape viewing opportunities. Scenic vistas provide picture perfect views of sunrises, sunsets, and the night sky.
Blue Marsh Lake provides year round recreation activities including fishing, hiking, and sight-seeing.
Blue Marsh Lake offers numerous water-related activities including swimming, fishing, kayaking, and boating (served by three boat launches). Always remember – wear a life jacket and take a course on boating safety before going out on the water!
Blue Marsh Lake’s federal public lands offers excellent opportunities to view flora and fauna. The property’s natural resources provides habitat for a variety of bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, and fish species.
Open cliff faces and fractured rock within the southerly facing tree line area at Francis E. Walter Dam provide prime habitat for rattlesnakes. Students East Stroudsburg University have studied the rattlesnake population at the project.
Blue Marsh Lake property consists of 6200 acres of water and land resources including grasslands and meadow habitat for tree swallows and a variety of other birds.
Blue Marsh Lake’s federal public lands offers excellent opportunities to view flora and fauna. The property’s natural resources provides habitat for a variety of bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, and fish species.
The Francis E. Walter Dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961 and has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages. It also supports recreation in the Lehigh Valley with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.
Prompton State Park provides boat launching and picnicking facilities to the 290-acre Prompton Lake, which is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Twenty-six miles of hiking trails surround the lake.
Winter time, full moon, F.E. Walter Dam
Winter fly fishing at the first deflector in the Blue Marsh Tailwater
With more than 36 miles of trails, 6200 acres of land, 1,148 acres of water, picnic areas, a small beach and boat launches, Blue Marsh Lake can accommodate all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts.

2020 Northern Area Photo Contest

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District is holding its annual photo contest for its Northern Area projects: 

  • Francis E. Walter Dam
  • Beltzville Dam (and Beltzville State Park)
  • Blue Marsh Lake
  • Prompton Dam (and Prompton State Park)
  • General Edgar Jadwin Dam

Twelve winning photographs will be included in a digital 2021 calendar. Submit your digital photographs beginning June 1, 2020 through November 15, 2020 by following the contest rules below.