AVIATLAS BIRDING HOTSPOT


Beltzville State Park

US, Pennsylvania, Carbon, Packerton

Lon. -75.62568, Lat. 40.86186, Alt. 669 ft

Description:

Beltzville Lake is a 949 acre body of water that attracts a lot of migrating waterfowl. The remainder of the park includes 15 miles of hiking trails that lead through a variety of habitats from mature deciduous and coniferous forest to fallow fields and successional habitats.

Habitat:

Freshwater lake, with several riparian habitats lining the streams that flow into and around the lake, mature deciduous and coniferous forests, fallow fields, successional habitats and SGL food plots planted for a variety of wildlife.

Target Birds:

Migrating waterfowl, neotropical migrants in spring and fall, Northern Shrike, many northern species that are much more difficult to locate south of here.

When To Go:

Birding is good here at any season. Migrating and wintering waterfowl can be found from October through April: the lake is a popular recreation area during the summer, but many species of warbler and vireo nest around the forests and fields surrounding the lake.

Amenities:

Hiking trails, bathrooms, boat rental

Getting There:

From the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476), exit the Turnpike at the intersection of US 209 (exit 74). Follow signs to Beltzville State Park, about 3 miles east of the turnpike. The main access points to the lake and trails are off of Pohopoco Drive, which borders the lake on the North.

Tips:

Fishing and Boating are very popular at the lake during the summer months, and much of the park is open to hunting from September through February, so its best to try and plan your visit around these activities to maximize your enjoyment and birding.

Recommended Reading:

Birds of the Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania Birding and Wildlife Guide

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