Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes

Pennsylvania is a state in the northeastern region of the United States of America in-between Washington D.C. and New York. It is one of the eight U.S. states that make up a portion of the Great Lakes region of North America. Pennsylvania boasts numerous and great lakes. These lakes include Lake Erie, Harveys Lake (Pennsylvania), Edinboro Lake, Curwensville Lake, Cowanesque Lake, Conneaut Lake, Canonsburg Lake, Raystown Lake, Beltzville Lake, Chapman Lake (Pennsylvania), to mention but a few.

Conneaut Lake

Conneaut Lake is the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania by surface area. It is located in western Crawford County. It has a maximum length and width of approximately of 4.8 and 1.6 km respectively. The maximum depth of the Conneaut Lake is about 24m.

Harveys Lake (Pennsylvania)

Harveys Lake (Pennsylvania) is a natural lake situated in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with a surface area of about 621.5 acres. It is the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania by volume, and the second-largest lake by surface area.

Edinboro Lake

Edinboro Lake is situated in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is bordered on three sides by the town of Edinboro. The lakes’ major output is Conneauttee Creek which sequentially flows into French Creek.

Chapman Lake (Pennsylvania)

Chapman Lake is a reservoir situated in Warren County, Pennsylvania within the Chapman State Park. It is formed by the disbandment of the West Branch of the Tionesta Creek.

Raystown Lake

Raystown Lake is a reservoir in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. It is the largest lake that is entirely within Pennsylvania. It has a maximum length of about 45 km, the surface area of 33.6 km2 and a maximum depth of about 61 m.

Beltzville Lake

Beltzville Lake is a 951.5 acres water body located in Beltzville state park in Franklin and Towamensing townships, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes are tourist attractions and recreational centers for locals and visitors in the U.S.

Lake Erie is popular for diving and surfing. Sports events like kayaking, high-diving, and long-distance swimming are often conducted at this lake. Long distance swimmers have swum across the lake to set records.

Beltzville Lake is a very popular boating and fishing destination. Also, people are permitted to hunt in the Beltzville State Park. The common game species are squirrels, waterfowl, rabbits, pheasant, ruffed goose etc.

Raystown Lake was created basically to control floods, provide electricity, and support recreational activities. Swimming, boating, and fishing are also conducted in this lake. 


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