Blue Marsh Lake’s facilities offer something for everyone. The developed recreation areas are open at 8 a.m. every day and close around dusk accordingly during each season. The Visitor Center overlooks the tower and dam offering a spectacular view of the lake. It is a great place to start your visit. You will find information about the lake, other Corps projects, and learn more about dam operations.
The Dry Brooks Day Use Area attracts a large percentage of visitors to the project. Located within this site is a swim beach, but be alert as there are no life guards on duty and it is swim at your own risk. There are numerous first-come, first-serve picnic tables and grills that surround the swim beach. In addition to a concession stand and public restrooms, you can reserve one of our three pavilions by contacting the project office.
Blue Marsh Lake has three boat launches: Dry Brooks and State Hill Boat Launches (operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), and Sheidy Boat Launch (operated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission). Please take note that any boat launched at Sheidy requires the proper state permits.
The Stilling Basin is where the water is released from the dam and has become a popular fishing location with a universally accessible fishing platform. The downstream tail waters are considered one of the best trout fisheries in southeastern Pennsylvania, and are managed as a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure area. There are three fee areas at Blue Marsh Lake.They are the Dry Brooks Day Use Area, Dry Brooks Boat Launch, and State Hill Boat Launch.
There are trails for every type of activity at Blue Marsh. The multi-use loop trail encircles the lake and is recognized as a National Recreation Trail. You can hike, bike or ride a horse. Skinners Loop and Foxtrot Hiking Trail are connected to the multi-use trail, and will bring you closer to the water's edge. The Squirrel Run Nature Trail is near the State Hill Boat Ramp. There also is a universally accessible Eyes of the Eagle Sensory Trail and the Great Oak Nature Trail located within the Day Use Area. The Union Canal Connector Trail provides visitors with a path to the Schuylkill River Trail and the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department trail system (horses are prohibited on this trail). The Tulpehocken Creek Valley Geo Trail, which opened September 29, 2012, developed in partnership with the Berks County Parks Department. It is a geocaching interpretive trail consisting of 20-caches along the scenic Tulpehocken Creek and around Blue Marsh Lake. Users will travel through Berks County Parks and Heritage Sites and visit points of interest around Blue Marsh.