Campgrounds at Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania

by Caryn Anderson

With 13 miles of water for swimming, boating and fishing, Lake Wallenpaupack is an ideal destination for anyone who enjoys outdoor recreation. This 5,700-acre, man-made lake is nestled in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania, a region known for its lush forests, walking trails and recreation areas. Lake Wallenpaupack was built in 1927 as a source of hydroelectricity. PPL Corporation, a major energy supplier in the region, owns the lake and operates the five camping areas around it.

Caffrey Recreation Area

Caffrey Recreation Area is one of the smallest campgrounds on the lake. It's located near Shuman Point Natural Area's hiking trails in Lakeville. It's frequently used by campers looking to take advantage of the westerly winds that are ideal for sailing. The campground has 29 campsites for tents or tent-trailers and amenities such as boat docks and a boat launch right on the lake. Other features include laundry facilities, restrooms, showers and a picnic area.

Ironwood Point Camping Area

Ironwood Point Camping Area in Greentown has 13 lakefront sites suited for walk-in camping and 49 sites that overlook the lake for tents and trailers. Each campsite can accommodate one camping unit and one car, plus a small two-person tent if needed. The sites are intended for one family at each site, consisting of two adults, along with children under 18 years old. If there are more than two adults, an additional campsite is required. The campground has restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a sanitary dump station, playground and a marina with gas and boat slip rentals.

Wilsonville Recreation and Camping Area

The largest campground on the lake is Wilsonville Recreation and Camping Area, a 160-site campground in Hawley. It has a camp store, marina with boat slips and gas, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities and a dumping station. Additionally, the campground has a play area for children and it is situated on the 2-mile Lake Trail and near a public swimming beach located next to the camping area. The campground has picnic tables available for rent. Boaters must bring their own bumpers and ropes as the camping area doesn't supply them.

Ledgedale Camping Area

Situated on the southern part of Lake Wallenpaupack in Greentown, Ledgedale Camping Area has wooded camping sites for trailers and tents. It is located right next to an 80-acre natural area with hiking trails. Campers can rent slips at the docks or rent kayaks to take out on the lake. The campsites have a fire ring and grill, picnic table and garbage can, along with water and 30-amp electric service. Campground amenities include a general store, restrooms, showers and laundry facilities.

Five Mile Point

Five Mile Point is open to youth groups only. It can accommodate two groups of up to 26 people, with two separate camping areas. The campsites are primitive with no electricity. Drinking water comes from a hand-pumped well located between the two camping areas. Each area has a fire ring, picnic tables and portable toilets. The campground requires the supervision of at least one adult for every 10 youth campers.

About the Author

Caryn Anderson combines extensive behind-the-scenes writing experience with her passion for all things food, fashion, garden and travel. Bitten by the travel bug at the age of 15 after a trip to Europe, Anderson fostered her love of style and fashion while living in New York City and earning her degree at New York University.