Marsh Creek Lake
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The 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake in northcentral Chester County offers boating, fishing, hiking and equestrian trails, hunting and a many picnic areas with grills. The park is open everyday of the year from 8am until sunset. The park itself is free while the boating concession charges a fee for boat rentals.
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 and 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.
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.
Marsh Creek has two boat launch areas and 220 seasonal mooring slips. The lake is especially popular with sailboaters who take advantage of the combination of good natural terrain and prevailing winds. Approved sailboat races draw spectators who enjoy the water activity from the lakeshore. Boaters are restricted to using non-powered or electric powered boats. All boats must be properly registered with any state. Boat rentals including canoes, sailboats and paddleboats are available.
Winter activities and ice fishing are permitted. The lake is designated a big bass lake and specific regulations apply.