Lake Galena, also known as Peace Valley Reservoir, was created in 1974 with the construction of an earthen dam across the north branch of Neshaminy Creek. Along with providing a water supply for over 150,000 residents in the area, Lake Galena also provides visitors with multiple recreation opportunities. There are multiple parking lots and boat launches around the lake. And if you don’t have your own kayak, canoe, or sailboat you can rent one at the Peace Valley Park Boat Rental.
What Makes It Great
Lake Galena provides visitors with a pristine body of water to spend a couple of hours to a full day paddling or sailing. And if you don’t have your own boat, you can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, rowboats or sailboat at the Peace Valley Park Boat Rental, they also do sailing lessons. The lake is exposed to sun with a few shady areas and the water itself is normally calm, although windy conditions can cause a current. Paddling the circumference of the lake, visitors will be able to explore areas of the surrounding Peace Valley Park and observe wildlife and over 250 species of birds, including osprey, heron, cormorants, egrets, kingfishers, turtles, snakes and frogs.
Afterwards, or for those in your group who may not enjoy being on the water as much, check out the paved Hike and Bike trail that runs the circumference of the lake. And for families and nature lovers be sure to check out the Peace Valley Nature center. End the day at one of the picnic tables or barbecue pits provided by the surrounding park overlooking the water.
Who is Going to Love It
Paddlers, sailors, bikers, hikers and dogs, Lake Galena provides visitors with a beautiful escape and views of the bucolic Peace Valley Park. And while Lake Galena is quite large, landlubbers will feel safe never being too far from land. Great for families, groups, dates, individuals or anyone looking for a fun day on the water.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From PA-309N take the exit right for U.S. 202 N. After 3 miles, turn left onto PA-152N (Limekiln Pike). At the end of the road, turn right onto Butler Ave and then make your first left back onto PA-152N (N Main St). Continue following PA-152N (N Limekiln Pike) for 1.7 miles then turn right onto New Galena Road. After about 1.7 miles turn right onto Myers Road for the first parking lot. The second parking lot is less than a mile further down New Galena Road and is the main parking lot and has bathroom facilities.