Marsh Creek State Park
|Marsh Creek State Park|
|Pennsylvania State Park|
|Natural Monument (IUCN III)|
Looking across Marsh Creek Lake towards the West Launch Area
|Named for: Marsh Creek|
|Townships||Upper Uwchlan, Wallace|
|- elevation||459 ft (140 m) |
|Area||1,705 acres (690 ha)|
|Managed by||Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|
|Website : Marsh Creek State Park|
Marsh Creek State Park is a 1,705 acres (690 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Upper Uwchlan and Wallace Townships, Chester County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is the location of the 535-acre (217 ha) man-made Marsh Creek Lake. With an average depth of 40 feet (73 feet at its deepest), the lake is stocked with fish and is a stop for migrating waterfowl. Marsh Creek State Park is 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Eagle on Pennsylvania Route 100.
Formation of Marsh Creek Lake was designed to address several water related problems in the region. First, to provide additional drinking water for the Chester County Water Resources Authority, alleviating a previous shortage. Second, to limit potential damage caused by seasonal flooding in the area. Finally, to provide a recreation area for residents throughout the region.
The state of Pennsylvania acquired the land that became Marsh Creek State Park between 1964 and 1978. Residents in the area were relocated including those residing in the farming village of Milford Mills, the site of which was eventually inundated. From 1970-1973 construction cleared the valley of trees, structures and other obstacles. Following completion of the dam, the lake filled over the course of three years. The Larkin Covered Bridge was removed from its previous location to park property in 1972.
Upon completion of the reservoir, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania bought the land surrounding Marsh Creek Lake, constructed recreational facilities, and opened the land to the public. New facilities built from 1971 to 1979 included administrative and picnic areas, a playground, pool, and wells. The park opened for boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, ice sports and sailing in 1974; and the pool and day-use area opened in July 1979.
Fishing and boating
Marsh Creek Lake is open to fishing and recreational boating. It is a warm water fishery with largemouth bass, black crappie, walleye, tiger muskellunge, and channel catfish all swimming in its waters. The lake is a designated "big bass" lake - only bass 15 inches (38 cm) and greater may be kept. Bass smaller than 15 inches (38 cm) must be released back into the lake.
Gasoline powered boats are prohibited at Marsh Creek Lake. Boaters are restricted to using non-powered or electric powered boats. All boats must be properly registered with any state. Boat rentals including canoes, sail boats and paddle boats are available.
About 900 acres (360 ha) of Marsh Creek State Park are open to hunting. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The common game species are squirrels, pheasant, waterfowl, rabbits and white-tailed deer. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited.
There is an "L" shaped swimming pool that is open at Marsh Creek State Park from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm daily. A shallow wading pool is available, as well as a bathhouse, sunning area and snack bar. Swimming in the lake is not permitted. 
There are about 12 miles (19 km) of trails for equestrian use, hiking, and mountain biking open around the lake. Many are available from the Chalfont Road parking area with additional trails from the west boat launch and on the north side of the dam.
Nearby state parks
- Brandywine Creek State Park (Delaware)
- Evansburg State Park (Montgomery County)
- Fort Washington State Park (Montgomery County)
- Fox Point State Park (Delaware)
- French Creek State Park (Berks and Chester Counties)
- Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center (Berks County)
- Norristown Farm Park (Montgomery County)
- Ridley Creek State Park (Delaware County)
- White Clay Creek Preserve (Chester County)
- White Clay Creek State Park (Delaware)
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- "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). ARCH: Pennsylvania's Historic Architecture & Archaeology. Retrieved 2012-11-02. Note: This includes Susan M. Zacher (July 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: Larkin Covered Bridge" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-17.
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