About the Park
The Mauch Chunk Lake Park is located in the Boroughs of Jim Thorpe and Summit Hill and earned recognition as the National Watershed of the Year in 1978. The park began as a flood control project because of the mountainous terrain and confinement of the Mauch Chunk Creek that flows beneath the town of Jim Thorpe. Major flooding occurred here frequently that resulted in the destruction of property. The flood control phase of the Mauch Chunk Creek Watershed Project was completed in 1972 about one month prior to record rainfall amounts attributed to Tropical Storm Agnes. It was estimated at the time that the completion of the dam prevented over $2 million in damages to the local residents and community. County government officials viewed the flood control project as an opportunity to also provide recreation and the Mauch Chunk Lake Park was later dedicated in August of 1974. Today the park exceeds 150,000 visitors annually and has become a popular vacation destination for many families. The park has facilities for camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, and boating.