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Nockamixon State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Nockamixon State Park
Description - The name Nockamixon comes from the American Indian phrase "nocha-miska-ing" which is Lenni Lenape for "at the place of soft soil." Several American Indian sites from the Lenni Lenape Tribe (Delaware) are documented in the park area.

Secretary of the Department of Forests and Water, Dr. Maurice K. Goddard, proposed the park in 1958. The park was developed with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for development in the Delaware River Basin. Originally known as Tohickon State Park after the principal stream flowing into Lake Nockamixon, it was renamed Nockamixon State Park by the State Geographic Board in 1965. The park officially opened in December of 1973.

Four boat launches are located around the lake with a beautiful half acre swimming pool, over 300 picnic tables and multi-use trails. The park welcomes guests from 8 a.m. to sunset between April 1st and October 31st. The cold snowy winter months welcome quests for ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and sledding. Approximately 3,000 acres of Nockamixon State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit and turkey. The park offers environmental education and interpretive programs which explore a wide variety of ecological and environmental topics. School group programming for all grade levels and teacher workshops are welcome.

Attractions - The name Nockamixon comes from the American Indian phrase "nocha-miska-ing" which is Lenni Lenape for "at the place of soft soil." Several American Indian sites from the Lenni Lenape Tribe (Delaware) are documented in the park area.

Secretary of the Department of Forests and Water, Dr. Maurice K. Goddard, proposed the park in 1958. The park was developed with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for development in the Delaware River Basin. Originally known as Tohickon State Park after the principal stream flowing into Lake Nockamixon, it was renamed Nockamixon State Park by the State Geographic Board in 1965. The park officially opened in December of 1973.

Recreation - In southeastern Pennsylvania, Nockamixon is synonymous with boating. Four boat launches are located around the lake with a beautiful half acre swimming pool, over 300 picnic tables and multi-use trails. The park welcomes guests from 8 a.m. to sunset between April 1st and October 31st. The cold snowy winter months welcome quests for ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and sledding. It is recommended you call the park before venturing out. Ice conditions vary widely.

Approximately 3,000 acres of Nockamixon State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit and turkey. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.

The park offers environmental education and interpretive programs which explore a wide variety of ecological and environmental topics. School group programming for all grade levels and teacher workshops can be arranged. Scout, church, civic and private groups can also arrange for special programs. Advanced scheduling for group programming is required. All programs are available from September to May.

The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation operates the Weisel Youth Hostel along the Tohickon Creek in the southwest corner of the park. The hostel provides excellent overnight accommodations for hikers and bicyclists. For membership or reservations, contact the house parents at: Weisel Youth Hostel, 7347 Richlandtown Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951, telephone (215) 536-8749.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Nockamixon State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (above 23 Celsius).

Location - The park can be reached by using the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike, Exit 32. The main entrance to the park is located on PA Route 563 and may be reached via Routes 309, 313 or 412.


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Contact Information:
Nockamixon State Park, 1542 Mountain View Drive , Quakertown, PA, 18951-5732, Phone: 215-529-7300
, nockamixon@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
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