Opossum Lake

220 Opossum Lake Rd.,
Carlisle, PA 17015
(717) 705-7800

Opossum Lake is a 47-acre lake situated on a 274-acre commonwealth-owned recreation area. A dam that is located on Opossum Creek, a tributary of Conodoguinet Creek, creates the lake. Opossum Lake is very popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts for hiking, boating, fishing and birdwatching. 

There is a picnic pavilion, restrooms, a handicap accessible fishing pier, boat ramps and a floating dock, a handicap accessible path, and three educational kiosks surrounding the lake. Pavilions rentals or questions about the land surrounding the lake can be made through the Lower Frankford Township office at 717-243-0855. Questions or concerns about the lake itself should be directed to the Southcentral Region of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at 717-486-7087 (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm). 

Hiking: The 4-mile Angler's Access Trail at Opossum Lake has wildlife and nature signs along the loop. Read more about the trail. The trail is maintained by the Friends of Opossum Lake. The trail has several access points including the grassy park area, either side of the dam, and two parking areas on the northwest side.

Download map of Angler's Access Trail (pdf)

Cycling: Mountain bikes can be taken on the 4 mile trail and along access roads connecting to the lake.

Fishing: The lake is stocked with rainbow trout. All other species are catch and release and must be immediately returned unharmed. 

Boating: There are three access points of which one has a surfaced launch ramp. Boating is limited to boats powered by electric motors and un-powered boats.

Birding: More than 140 species of birds have been spotted in and around the lake and its adjacent habitat of fields and woodlands. Species include Eastern Meadowlark, Tundra Swan, Green-winged Teal, Common Loon, Common Yellowthroat, and Blue-headed Vireo.

Horseback Riding: Horse back riders should be aware of the following:

  • Avoid the trail when conditions are very wet.
  • Bog bridges, bog planks and foot bridges are not designed for horse weight; please go around them.
  • If you are aware of your horse leaving manure, please dismount and push it off the trail.
Things to Do
  • Directions: From Interstate 81 north or south take exit 44. Turn north onto Route 465. Go through the light at Route 11, to the "T" at Route 641. Turn left onto Route 641 west and go .1 mile and turn right onto Meadowbrook Road. Go across the turnpike and creek bridge. Turn left at "T" and follow to stop sign. Turn right then take an immediate left and continue to the stop sign at the top of the hill. Turn left onto Campground Road, which turns into Opossum Lake Road. Continue to Opossum Lake on the left.
Quick Check
  • Handicapped Accessible:
  • Pets Allowed:
  • Restrooms:
  • Catch n' Release:
  • Family Fun Fishing:
  • Fishing:
  • Muskellunge, Walleye and Pike:
  • Smallmouth Bass:
  • Stocked Trout:
Land Recreation
  • Any Length Trail:
  • Bird Watching:
  • Equestrian Trails:
  • Hiking Trails:
  • Interpretative Signage:
  • Miles of Trails: 4
  • Picnic Area/Pavilions:
  • Trail Length < 5 Miles:
Water Recreation
  • Boat Launch:
  • Boating: