Lake Nocamixon - Paddling

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Lake Nockamixon is a haven for boaters, anglers, and migrating waterfowl. The surrounding Nockamixon State Park provides a plethora of recreational activities in scenic rolling hills and forests.

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Harrison Bowen


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Destination Distance From Downtown

32.0 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

Half Day to Full Day


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Launch Permit



Nockamixon State Park, officially opened as a state park in 1973. It is composed of over 5,000 acres of forests and rolling hills with the 1,450 acre Lake Nockamixon as the centerpiece. The park serves as a popular place for boating and fishing as well as some hiking, biking and disc golf along surrounding trails. The lake was created by a dam on the Tohickon Creek, and it is also fed by Haycock Run and Three Mile Run. White water paddling is available in the Spring and Fall with the releasing of the dam.

What Makes It Great

Providing an escape for boaters, anglers, sailors and windsurfers, visitors of all types are welcome to enjoy the pristine water of Lake Nockamixon. The water contains a very faint current and there are many great places for beginning paddlers to get more comfortable on the water. For intermediate to advanced paddles the lake provides an immense area to explore and observe wildlife, paddle through the trees and lily pads, or get a workout paddling up and down the banks of the lake, which are lined with trees and other vegetation, keeping an eye out for one of many little outcroppings along the way.

If it’s whitewater that you’re after than mark your calendar for the 3rd full weekend of March and the first full weekend of November when they release the dam, creating sometimes up to class IV rapids that also pass through Ralph Stover State Park. 

Who is Going to Love It

Whether its by canoe, kayak, SUP, windsurfing, or boat, Lake Nockamixon boasts one of the areas most beautiful flat water paddling areas. With over 1,450 acres of water, the surrounding 5,000 acre Nockamixon State Park, and multiple recreational opportunities, visitors are sure to find a new adventure each time they come.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Follow 309 North and take exit for PA-563/Perkasie then turn left onto Lawn ave. Turn right onto PA-563 North (S Ridge Road) and follow that for about five miles. Then turn left to stay on PA-563 North. After about 1.2 miles turn right to stay on PA-563 North. After 3.5 miles you will see the main park offices on the right.

If you aren’t able to supply your own boat, the park maintains a marina and boat rental along with multiple boat launches. Boats with up to 20 HP motors are permitted.

Swimming and bathing are prohibited in the lake.

There are also ten modern cabins available to rent year-round.

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Lake Nocamixon

1542 Mountain View Drive
Quakertown, PA, 18951
40.463491, -75.242034

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