Nockamixon State Park

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Nockamixon State Park
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A scene from Nockamixon State Park
Map showing the location of Nockamixon State Park
Map showing the location of Nockamixon State Park
Location of Nockamixon State Park in Pennsylvania
LocationBucks, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates40°27′38″N 75°13′53″W / 40.46058°N 75.23134°W / 40.46058; -75.23134Coordinates: 40°27′38″N 75°13′53″W / 40.46058°N 75.23134°W / 40.46058; -75.23134
Area5,283 acres (21.38 km2)
Elevation440 ft (130 m)[1]
Governing bodyPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
WebsiteNockamixon State Park
A view of the lake near the boat rentals

Nockamixon State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 5,283 acres (2,138 ha) in Bedminster and Haycock Townships in northern Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The park is one of the most popular in southeastern Pennsylvania, with most tourists visiting in the summer months.


Lake Nockamixon[edit]

Lake Nockamixon is an artificial reservoir formed by a dam on Tohickon Creek and serves as the centerpiece of Nockamixon State Park. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but boating is popular, and the park maintains several marinas and boat rentals. Fishing is also popular, and common species include walleye, pickerel, carp, and various kinds of bass and catfish. The water is clean and blue and has a very faint current, since the lake is part of the course of Tohickon Creek, which feeds in midway along the northwestern edge of the lake and discharges at the dam at the southeast corner. Lake Nockamixon is also fed by two other creeks known as Haycock Run, which feeds in at the northernmost point, and Three Mile Run, which feeds in at the southernmost point.

In the winter, the water generally freezes over, allowing for ice skating and ice fishing.[2]

Visitors to the lake can stay in one of several cabins or at a nearby youth hostel.[2]

Another recreational activity at the park is whitewater kayaking. Every March and November, if high water conditions exist, there are timed water releases from the dam for one day. This turns all of Tohickon Creek south of the lake into a whitewater course, and kayakers can go all the way from the lake to where the creek meets the Delaware River.[2]

Horseback riding[edit]

While the northern side of the lake is very friendly to bike riders and walkers, the southern side of the lake is bike free, and therefore very friendly to horseback riding. Horse rentals are available in the Haycock area and riders can park trailers and/or ride to the park from various locations. There are 20+ miles of trails that are horse friendly and well maintained.


Hunting is permitted at Nockamixon State Park on about 3,000 acres (1,200 ha). Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The common game species are squirrels, turkey, pheasant, and white-tailed deer. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited. Hunters are limited to using shotguns at the park as per the regulations established by the Game Commission for southeastern Pennsylvania.[2]

Tohickon Creek flowing out the dam forming Lake Nockamixon


Swimming is prohibited in Lake Nockamixon. The swimming pool is open daily from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day weekend. The pool is closed on weekdays the first 2 full weeks of June and the last 2 full weeks of August and is open weekends only during those time periods. The pool is operated by the state and there is an admission fee. The pool is 0.5 acres (0.20 ha) in size and features slides, fountains, and a children's splash area.[2]


Creation of the lake was first proposed by the Secretary of the Department of Forests and Water, Dr. Maurice K. Goddard, for recreational uses. It was originally to be called Tohickon Lake, after the creek, but its name was later changed to Nockamixon, meaning "place of soft soil" in the Lenape language. The park today contains several historic Native American sites.[2]

Following its proposal in 1958, the dam was built by the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters. The state park was opened to the public in December 1973.[2]

In order to create the lake, the state bought 5,286 acres of what was known as the Tohickon Valley, including the community of Tohickon, and surrounding Bucks County areas.[3]


The Weisel Hostel, a 100-year-old country estate in the park, is maintained by Hostelling International USA as an 18-bed youth hostel.[4]

Nearby state parks[edit]

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Nockamixon State Park:[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "Nockamixon State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 30, 1990. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Nockamixon State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-11-16.
  3. ^ Haycock Historical Society (2010). Our Lost Tohickon Valley.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 20, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Find a Park by Region (interactive map)". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  6. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  7. ^ "2007 General Highway Map Bucks County Pennsylvania" (PDF) (Map). 1:65,000. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. Retrieved 2006-07-27.[permanent dead link] Note: shows Nockamixon State Park

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