NOTE: Construction for a repair project at Children's Lake began in early April 2022 and the lake was drained in mid-September 2022. The expected completion date is spring/summer 2023. The scope of the project includes 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). Due to constructions, spring (2023) trout stocking will not occur. Trout that would have been stocked at Children's Lake will be distributed to other nearby waterways.
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. 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. Please 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.