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part ofCowanesque Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Wed Sep 30 2015   Season Dates


South Shore Recreation Area is located on the south side of the Cowanesque Lake along State Route 49, just five miles west of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. The area is easily accessible from Route 15 and offers a great location for boating, picnicking and fishing.

Natural Features:

Cowanesque Lake is situated in the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania, along the Allegheny Plateau in the Appalachian Mountains. The surrounding land paints a scenic picture of rolling terrain and open fields.


Cowanesque Lake offers a variety of outdoor activities including boating and fishing. A variety of native fish inhabits the area's streams and lakes. The North and South Tailrace areas provide access for fishing below the dam.

The fields and forests around the lake are popular destinations for hunters looking for large and small game species that inhabit the eastern hardwood forests.

Many miles of hiking trails circle the lake, including the Mid State Trail, which travels through the recreation area. It links the trails at Cowanesque and nearby Hammond Lake into a long path that extends all the way through Pennsylvania from Maryland to New York.


The recreation area offers three group shelters. The Iroquois and Oneida Shelters have electric and water hookups; the Mohawk Shelter has water hookups only. All three sites are fully accessible and comfortably accommodate groups of up to 100 people in a lovely lakeside setting.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Dock
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Lake Access
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Playground
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Bait Shop
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Ice
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go

Day use hours, which include picnic shelters, are 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

Please refer to list of amenities at shelter sites listed in “Site Details.” Restrooms and dumpsters provided at each shelter. Lambs Creek Recreation Area has a carry in carry out trash receptacle policy.

Please do not attach signs, balloons, streamer, etc., to any signs in the recreation area.

It is the responsibility of the site holder to return any picnic tables removed from the shelter before departing the facility.

Set up of tents, chairs, or other items may require a special use permit. Contact the project office at 570-835-5281 for additional information.

Do not drive vehicles to shelters, please contact project office if you have an access problem.

Please bring your confirmation letter the day of your reservation.

Please obey all speed limits. Drive carefully and watch for children.

Pets are permitted but must be penned, caged, on a leash under six feet in length or otherwise be physically restrained.

Bobby the water safety dog says, “Always swim with a buddy, never alone!”

Updates and Additional information at these links:

http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/DamsRecreation/TiogaHammond.aspx http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/DamsRecreation/CowanesqueLake.aspx https://www.facebook.com/friendsofthclakes
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Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.97444, -77.20889
41°58'28"N, 77°12'32"W

From US 15 South, take the Lawrenceville Exit. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto State Route 49. Recreation Area will be on the right approxmately 5 miles.

From US 15 North, take the Lawrenceville exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn left. Recreation area will be on the right approximately 5 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Cowanesque Lake, 710 Ives Run Lane (mailing)
Tioga  PA  16946

Phone Number:

Information:  (570)835-5281
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