Lake Ontelaunee

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Lake Ontelaunee
Lake Ontelaunee.JPG
Location Berks County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°27′44″N 75°55′17″W / 40.4622°N 75.9214°W / 40.4622; -75.9214Coordinates: 40°27′44″N 75°55′17″W / 40.4622°N 75.9214°W / 40.4622; -75.9214
Type reservoir
Basin countries United States
Surface area 1,082 acres (438 ha)

Lake Ontelaunee is a 1,082-acre (4.38 km2) reservoir in Berks County, Pennsylvania owned by the City of Reading. The lake was created in 1926 by the damming of Maiden Creek to extend and improve the water supply to the city. A large dedication ceremony was held in 1929.[1] In addition, the lake provides a venue for hunters, fishermen, and hikers. The lake supports a large and varied fish population including panfish, largemouth bass, common carp, bullhead catfish, channel catfish, alewife, white perch, muskellunge, and others. No boats are allowed on this lake and there is also no swimming allowed.

Blue Marsh Lake is the largest lake in Berks County, making Lake Ontelaunee the second-largest lake. Blue Marsh is also an artificial reservoir.


  1. ^ "Ontelaunee wasn't settlers' first choice". Reading Eagle. 3 June 2002. pp. B8. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 

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