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Unlimited horsepower motors

The 949-acre Beltzville Lake has a maximum boating speed of 45 mph. Most types of recreational boats are permitted. Please check with the park office if there is a question as to the type of watercraft permitted.

It is unlawful to operate a boat equipped with inboard engines with out-of-the-transom or straight-stack type exhausts, wet or dry.

Sleeping overnight on watercraft is prohibited. Day use mooring is prohibited in the boat rental cove area.

The lake east of Preachers Camp launch and Pine Run Cove is restricted to “no wake” speed.

Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following:

  • Boat registration
  • Launch permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices
  • Launch permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website.

Launching and Mooring

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. The Pine Run East Launch along the northern shore of the lake features:

  • A three-lane boat launching ramp
  • ADA accessible courtesy dock
  • Wide gravel beaching area
  • Parking for cars and trailers

The Preacher's Camp Launching Area on the southern shore has:

  • A two-lane launch ramp
  • Parking for cars and boat trailers
  • Seasonal mooring of canoes and kayaks

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. An ADA accessible courtesy dock in the day use area near the beach is available upon request.


Skiing is permitted from sunrise to sunset in the zoned ski area along the south shore of the lake. All boats in this ski area shall operate in a counterclockwise direction. Boats not engaged in skiing must remain outside the ski area while skiing is in progress.

A boat may not tow more than one water-ski device on weekends and holidays from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Labor Day. Kite-skiing and parasailing are prohibited. Boats may not exceed 45 mph.

Boat Rental

A boat rental concession, west of the swimming beach, is open daily during the summer season. It rents:

  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboats
  • Small motorboats

Visit the boat rental website.


Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths. Please be safe on the ice.

Iceboats must display a state park launching permit. Ice thickness in not monitored.