Nockamixon State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on in Bedminster and Haycock Townships in northern Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The park is one of the most popular in southeastern Pennsylvania, with most tourists visiting in the summer months.
is an artificial reservoir
formed by a dam
on Tohickon Creek
and serves as the centerpiece of Nockamixon State Park. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but boating
is popular, and the park maintains several marinas and boat rentals. Fishing
is also popular, and common species include walleye
, and various kinds of bass
. The water is clean and blue and has a very faint current, since the lake is part of the course of Tohickon Creek
. In the winter, the water generally freezes over, allowing for ice skating and ice fishing
Visitors to the lake can stay in one of several cabins or at a nearby youth hostel.
Another recreational activity at the park is whitewater kayaking. Every June and November, if high water conditions exist, there are timed water releases from the dam for one day. This turns all of Tohickon Creek south of the lake into a whitewater course, and kayakers can go all the way from the lake to where the creek meets the Delaware River.
is permitted at Nockamixon State Park on about . Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission
. The common game species are squirrels
, and white-tailed deer
. The hunting of groundhogs
is prohibited. Hunters are limited to using shotguns
at the park as per the regulations established by the Game Commission for southeastern Pennsylvania.
The swimming pool is open daily from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm beginning Memorial Day
weekend and ending Labor Day
weekend. The pool is operated by a private company and there is an admission fee. The pool is one half acre in size and features slides, fountains, and a children's area.
Creation of the lake was first proposed by the Secretary of the Department of Forests and Water, Dr. Maurice K. Goddard
, for recreational uses. It was originally to be called Tohickon Lake, after the creek, but its name was later changed to Nockamixon, meaning "place of soft soil" in the Lenape
language. The park today contains several historic Native American
Following its proposal in 1958, the dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers. The state park was opened to the public in December 1973.
Nearby state parks
The following state parks are within of Nockamixon State Park: