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District: 19
Address: RT 611, HC 1 Box 95A
City, State Zip: Swiftwater, PA 18370-9723
Contact Info: 570-895-4000
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Forest Description

Delaware State Forest totals 80,267 acres in Pike, Monroe, Northampton, and Carbon counties. Named for the Delaware River, the forest is characteristic of the Pocono region, with remote glacial lakes and bogs rich with plants, wildlife and scenic beauty.

Wild and Natural Areas ( 12 )

  • Natural Area
    Pennel Run Natural Area
    Scrub oak, gray birch, aspen, and mixed oaks dominate the landscape of the Pennel Run Natural Area. This elevated area is comprised of nine hundred and thirty-six total acres. A portion of the Utts Swamp is located within this natural area. Reptiles and amphibians are protected by special regulations within Pennel Run Natural Area.
  • Natural Area
    Bruce Lake Natural Area
    This natural area covers 2,845 acres including two lakes, Bruce Lake and Egypt Meadow Lake. Bruce Lake is a glacial formed lake and is completely spring fed. Virgin stands of pine and hemlock were cut in the late 1800's leaving the area vulnerable to fires that destroyed the rich humus soil layer. Egypt Meadow Lake was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.
  • Natural Area
    Stillwater Natural Area
    This natural area provided a sanctuary for Union Army deserters and young men evading conscription during the Civil War. Shacks were built on the islands of the swamp or in the dense growth. This tract contains a mix of conifers and hardwoods. About one mile of the Little Bushkill Stream offers "stillwaters" for canoeing.
  • Natural Area
    Little Mud Pond Swamp Natural Area
    This natural area features a boreal swamp. Various emergent plants grow within the glacial bog including species normally found at more northern latitudes such as black spruce, tamarack and picture plant.
  • Natural Area
    Pine Lake Natural Area
    Located in this sixty-seven acre site is a ten acre glacial bog that exhibits plant zones ranging from open water to tree cover. Various flora and fauna inhabit this truly fascinating tract.
  • Natural Area
    Little Mud Pond Swamp Natural Area
    This one hundred and eighty-two acre natural area features a boreal swamp. Various emergent plants grow within the glacial bog including species normally found at more northern latitudes such as black spruce, tamarack and picture plant.
  • Natural Area
    Stillwater Natural Area
    This natural area provided a sanctuary for Union Army deserters and young men evading conscription during the Civil War. Shacks were built on the islands of the swamp or in the dense growth. This 1,931-acre tract contains a mix of conifers and hardwoods. About one mile of the Little Bushkill Stream offers "stillwaters" for canoeing.
  • Natural Area
    Buckhorn Natural Area
    A high mountain swamp surrounded by mixed oaks is located within the Buckhorn Natural Area. Reptiles and amphibians are also protected by special regulations within the Buckhorn Natural Area.
  • Natural Area
    Buckhorn Natural Area
    A high mountain swamp surrounded by mixed oaks is located within the five hundred and thirty-five acre Buckhorn Natural Area. Reptiles and amphibians are also protected by special regulations within the Buckhorn Natural Area.
  • Natural Area
    Pennel Run Natural Area
    Scrub oak, gray birch, aspen, and mixed oaks dominate the landscape of the Pennel Run Natural Area. A portion of the Utts Swamp is located within this natural area. Reptiles and amphibians are protected by special regulations within Pennel Run Natural Area.
  • Natural Area
    Pine Lake Natural Area
    Located in this tract is a ten acre glacial bog that exhibits plant zones ranging from open water to tree cover. Various flora and fauna inhabit this truly fascinating tract.
  • Natural Area
    Bruce Lake Natural Area
    This natural area including two lakes, Bruce Lake and Egypt Meadow Lake. Bruce Lake is a glacial formed lake and is completely spring fed. Virgin stands of pine and hemlock were cut in the late 1800's leaving the area vulnerable to fires that destroyed the rich humus soil layer. Egypt Meadow Lake was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.

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