Sunrise Lake, Pennsylvania

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Sunrise Lake, Pennsylvania
Census-designated place
Sunrise Lake – View toward the eastern dam from Poison Brook inlet
Sunrise Lake – View toward the eastern dam from Poison Brook inlet
Location in Pike County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Pike County and the state of Pennsylvania.
CountryUnited States
 • TypeProperty owners association
Population (2010)
 • Total1,387
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Sunrise Lake is a census-designated place[1] and private lake community located in Dingman Township, Pike County in the state of Pennsylvania. The community is located along Pennsylvania Route 739 in eastern Pike County, about eight miles west of the New Jersey state line at the Delaware River.[2] Sunrise Lake is between, and shares borders with, the CDP communities of Conashaugh Lakes and Gold Key Lake. Sunrise Lake shares its name with the lake of the same name that the community surrounds. As of the 2010 census[3] the population was 1,387 residents.

History of the area[edit]

Before humans, the land was under thousands of feet of ice during the Wisconsin Glaciation. After melting glaciers left kettle lakes such as nearby Gold Key Lake, the land was left rock-strewn and rough. Considered a part of the Glaciated Low Plateau section of Pennsylvania, the land is slightly varied in elevation with the Sunrise Lake's main dam measured at 1309.8 feet above sea level[4]

Before the arrival of European settlers, the land now encompassing most of Pike County was the domain of the Munsee people. The Munsee were expelled from the area after the Walking Purchase of 1737, which placed a large amount of new territory under the control of the Province of Pennsylvania. The land was next under conflict because it was claimed by settlers from Connecticut, eventually fueling the Pennamite–Yankee War. After the Revolutionary War, the former colony became today's Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and land began to be settled.

Like many of the private lake communities in the area, the land encompassing Sunrise Lake was purchased by a private developer and subdivided into sections, blocks, and lots. These lots were then sold and developed as residential housing. A property owners' association was organized in 2009.[5][6]


The community is served by the Delaware Valley School District, with local schooling from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Delaware Valley High School in Westfall provides ninth through twelfth grade education.


The community's main roads lead to Route 739. Interstate 84 is the closest major highway.


Coordinates: 41°18′57″N 74°57′47″W / 41.31583°N 74.96306°W / 41.31583; -74.96306