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Opossum Lake

  • Address: Easy Rd/Opossum Lake Rd Carlisle, PA 17015
  • Phone: (717) 705-7800
  • Address: Easy Rd/Opossum Lake Rd Carlisle, PA 17015
  • Phone: (717) 705-7800
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Opossum Lake is a 59-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, and a handicap accessible path.

Hiking: The Angler's Access Trail has wildlife and nature signs along the trail. Miles of Trail: 4 Read more about the trail.

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.

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, Walleys and Pike:
  • Smallmouth Bass:
  • Stocked Trout:
Land Recreation
  • Bird Watching:
  • Hiking Trails:
  • Interpretative Signage:
  • Picnic Area/Pavilions:
  • Miles of Trails: 4
  • Any Length Trail:
  • Trail Length < 5 Miles:
Water Recreation
  • Boat Launch:
  • Boating: