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COVID-19 Mitigation Measures at Beltzville Dam

  • ​Masks are not required to be worn indoors or outdoors by fully vaccinated visitors.
    Fully vaccinated individuals are those who are at least two weeks beyond their final dose. 
  • Masks are required to be worn by unvaccinated visitors indoors at all times, and when outdoors if sustained physical distancing cannot be met.
    Unvaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask outdoors when recreating alone or in a household group.
  • Visitors actively engaged in water-related activities with a clear and immediate risk of masks becoming wet may temporarily forgo wearing masks, but must maintain physical distance whenever possible. 

Beltzville State Park COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

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As the nation works to slow the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District reminds all visitors, volunteers, and employees that a face mask is required in all USACE...

Beltzville Dam & Reservoir

Project Overview

Beltzville Lake was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1972. The multi-purpose project was authorized by Congress primarily for flood risk management, water supply, and low flow augmentation; and authorized secondarily for water quality and recreation purposes. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources manages the 3,002 acre Beltzville State Park surrounding the lake, which attracts numerous visitors each year.

The dam is located on Pohopoco Creek 5.2 miles from its confluence with the Lehigh River and 4 miles east of Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Beltzville Dam operates as a system in conjunction with Francis E. Walter Dam, located in White Haven, to reduce flooding in the downstream communities along the Lehigh River. Since it's construction in 1972, the dam has prevented more than $41 million in flood damages to date.