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Blue Marsh Lake - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Destination Report
Nearest City: Reading/Bernville, PA
Difficulty: Easy


Blue Marsh Lake in Bernville, PA is the main area in the Berks County/Reading Pa area for lake paddling. There are many points to start from some that require a parking fee, others free. The best places to paddle are north of the main lake body in the no wake zones to avoid heavy motor boat traffic. Good access points include Mt. Pleasant just off Rt 183 which is at the beginning of the no wake zone, Church Road, Bernville-Robesonia Road, and Peacock/School Road. There are several miles of arms of the lake to explore including several small inlets. Plenty of waterfowl can be seen. In the main body of the lake there is a small island that can be explored as well.


Many large parking areas which also provide outhouses or in some cases actual bathrooms. Picnic facilities provided at day use area and Church Road with BBQ pits. See maps or contact ranger station for info.


Certain areas including State Hill and Day Use areas require $3 charge per car for parking. There are also some state boat ramps which require PA state boat sticker.


Located just off RT 183 about 5 miles North of Reading


Contact the Ranger Station 610-376-6337 or website


Maps are available at most larger parking area and ranger station. Also, A and N Outfitters in Reading usually have maps available.

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