Leaser Lake & Surrounding Area

Open since 1971, Leaser Lake is part of the Lehigh County Park and Recreation system. The lake is also overseen by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The scenic and secluded lake is open for shore fishing and boating. The lake's surrounding park is great for picnics (some tables and grills available) and hikes on the marked Liberty Bell trail. The lake has three access points, the north, east and west. Restrooms are available at each location, though, only the east and north have boat launches while the west an handicap accessible kayak launch.

Boats are limited to 17 feet in length and only electric motors are permitted. Though Leaser Lake does not allow swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking are permitted. All vessels must be registered with the state. The waters are regularly patrolled.

In 2012, a large project to replace the lake's dam was completed and the lake is currently at full water capacity. A number of improvements have recently been made to the park, including a fishing dock, kayak launch and an accessible kayak dock launch at the western parking lot. You'll also find surfaced trails and improved signage at this location.

While the lake was drained, the civic organization, Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation, organized efforts to place fish habitats at the bottom of the lake. A map of the lake containing these habitats are available for purchase at our shop. Leaser Lake is known for its rainbow trout, muskies, large mouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead and blue gill. The Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission will regularly stock Leaser Lake. Check their website for stocking schedule.

Surrounding Area

The area surrounding Leaser Lake will easily appeal those who love natural beauty and non-commercialized entertainment. It is comprised of northwestern Lehigh County (Lynn township) and northeastern Berks County (Albany Township). It's truly the sweet spot where the northern Blue Mountain Ridge, that marks the northern most bountry of Lehigh County, curls around to create a quiet corner of land. The landscape is dotted with working farms, traditional PA bank barns, 17th and 18th century stone and clapboard farmsteads that make this a truly unique day-trip destination. In addition to the activities waiting for you at Leaser Lake Boats, Bikes & Bait, we've outlined other destinations you may find of interest.

Wanamaker's General Store

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Wanamaker's General Store, located next door to Leaser Lake Boats, Bikes & Bait is a regional gem. The historic general store features practical items such as fresh produce other groceries. They also stock local artisan gifts from handmade pottery to jewelry and much more. Don't miss the first-rate cafe and deli where you can stop in for a sandwich, ice cream, or soup and coffee on those chilly days.

WK&S Railroad

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Another nearby local attraction is the Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad, or WK&S for short. This volunteer organization of experienced train engineers and aficionados runs old-fashioned steam and diesel engines and trains on a 40-minute ride through bucolic scenery. The end of the line happens to be Leaser Lake, Boats, Bikes & Bait whose shop is located in the old Wanamaker train station. Check our web site soon for Train and Bike/Boat combo deals where you and your family can ride the train to our shop. We'll have your bike or boat and lunch ready to go. When you're through, hop back on the train for the return ride to your car.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

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Hawk Mountain is an internationally known and recognized raptor conservation and education center. The facility is comprised of 8-miles of hiking trails on top of the Blue Mountain ridge and descending down the mountain to the wildly beautiful glacier rock formations. The views are truly breath-taking. They offer talks and seminars on birds of prey and the natural environment. There is a small fee to enter their trail system.

Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail can be accessed behind the Leaser Lake. From the west boat launch, take Leaser Road north to Blue Mountain House Road. The trail intersects Blue Mountain House Road. Or, you may access the trail via Hawk Mountain Road (heading west) below the entrance for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

County Line Orchards

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This roadside and pick-your-own stand just about a mile away from Leaser Lake Boats, Bikes & Bait. They practice low spray integrated pest management methods and maintain several acres of organic fruit. They have 28 varieties of apples, as well as apricots, pears, peaches, nectarines, and blueberries. See County Line Orchard's website for details.