NOTE: Construction for a repair project at Children's Lake is schedule to kickoff in early April 2022 with an expected completion date of spring 2023. Dam improvements (larger spillway, reconstructed embankments, and an upgraded perimeter wall) and lakeside improvements (new concrete boat ramp, ADA-compliant fishing pier that extends into the lake, and new pedestrian bridge) may result in limited access to sections of the lake.
Charming and scenic seven-acre, man-made lake with perfectly clear water that literally bubbles in the middle of Boiling Springs. Take a stroll down Lover's Walk, admire the lovely historic buildings and gardens, and feed the ducks and swans. Pick up lunch at Caffe 101 across the road or bring a picnic lunch and relax under the weeping willows. For special occasions rent the gazebo next to the lake. Call the 717-258-5771 for information regarding gazebo rentals.
The Appalachian Trail runs along the side of the lake. Stop at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for information, maps and short hikes from the lake. Walk south past the historic iron furnace, through a small riparian woodlands, and agricultural fields.
Fishing: The lake is spring-fed and stocked with trout, and is open to all ages for fishing. During the first month of trout season a section along the Appalachian Trail is open to children 12 and under only. For more information on Pennsylvania Trout Season, please visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Pleaese call 717-486-7087 for fishing-related questions.
Boating: Take a leisurely paddle in a shallow-draft boat, electric-motored boat, or canoe.
Birding: Resident ducks, geese, and a few Mute Swans, make the lake their home throughout the year. Also watch for the occasional Common Loon, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Hooded Mergansers and American Widgeons. In the woodlands downstream, watch and listen for a variety of birds including Baltimore Orioles, Belted Kingfishers, and Red-eyed Vieros.
NOTE: Repair work on the lake dam and the wall is anticipated to being in Fall 2021.
- Directions: From PA 174, in town take Front Street (west side of lake) down to the southern end of the lake. Parking is on your left at a boat ramp. Additional parking and a three-season portable toilet is around to your left (left on Race Street, then immediate left on Bucher Hill Road) on the far side of the red-roofed barn.
- Months Open: Year-round
- Motorcoach Parking:
- Parking: Free
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