What to do in Nockamixon State Park

The name Nockamixon comes from the American Indian phrase "nocha-miska-ing" which is Lenni Lenape for "at the place of soft soil." Several American Indian sites from the Lenni Lenape Tribe (Delaware) are documented in the park area.

Secretary of the Department of Forests and Water, Dr. Maurice K. Goddard, proposed the park in 1958. The park was developed with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for development in the Delaware River Basin. Originally known as Tohickon State Park after the principal stream flowing into Lake Nockamixon, it was renamed Nockamixon State Park by the State Geographic Board in 1965. The park officially opened in December of 1973.

Four boat launches are located around the lake with a beautiful half acre swimming pool, over 300 picnic tables and multi-use trails. The park welcomes guests from 8 a.m. to sunset between April 1st and October 31st. The cold snowy winter months welcome quests for ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and sledding. Approximately 3,000 acres of Nockamixon State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit and turkey. The park offers environmental education and interpretive programs which explore a wide variety of ecological and environmental topics. School group programming for all grade levels and teacher workshops are welcome.

The name Nockamixon comes from the American Indian phrase "nocha-miska-ing" which is Lenni Lenape for "at the place of soft soil." Several American Indian sites from the Lenni Lenape Tribe (Delaware) are documented in the park area.

Secretary of the Department of Forests and Water, Dr. Maurice K. Goddard, proposed the park in 1958. The park was developed with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for development in the Delaware River Basin. Originally known as Tohickon State Park after the principal stream flowing into Lake Nockamixon, it was renamed Nockamixon State Park by the State Geographic Board in 1965. The park officially opened in December of 1973.

Recreation
In southeastern Pennsylvania, Nockamixon is synonymous with boating. Four boat launches are located around the lake with a beautiful half acre swimming pool, over 300 picnic tables and multi-use trails. The park welcomes guests from 8 a.m. to sunset between April 1st and October 31st. The cold snowy winter months welcome quests for ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and sledding. It is recommended you call the park before venturing out. Ice conditions vary widely.

Approximately 3,000 acres of Nockamixon State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit and turkey. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.

The park offers environmental education and interpretive programs which explore a wide variety of ecological and environmental topics. School group programming for all grade levels and teacher workshops can be arranged. Scout, church, civic and private groups can also arrange for special programs. Advanced scheduling for group programming is required. All programs are available from September to May.

The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation operates the Weisel Youth Hostel along the Tohickon Creek in the southwest corner of the park. The hostel provides excellent overnight accommodations for hikers and bicyclists. For membership or reservations, contact the house parents at: Weisel Youth Hostel, 7347 Richlandtown Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951, telephone (215) 536-8749.

Location
The park can be reached by using the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike, Exit 32. The main entrance to the park is located on PA Route 563 and may be reached via Routes 309, 313 or 412.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Nockamixon State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (above 23 Celsius).

Address
1542 Mountain View Drive
Quakertown, PA 18951-5732

Phone: 215-529-7300

Email: nockamixon@dcnr.state.pa.us
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