Sunset Sunday-Lake Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tour

Over the last few years I have spent numerous hours boating on Lake Wallenpaupack but oddly, I never watched a sunset from the lake itself. The Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat tour was not a sunset tour, but boarding the pontoon boat at 7pm (in late August) set the stage for a sunset on the water.

taking the lake wallenpaupack scenic boat tour at sunset

boarding the boat with a golden sky

The 50 minute tour takes its passengers across just a few miles of the 13 mile long lake and details its history. The first stop, the PP&L (Pennsylvania Power and Lighting) hydroelectric dam, is the very reason the lake itself was created in the 1920s. The tour also guides you along and describes the oldest houses on the lake (including an original boat house), a few multimillion dollar homes, one of the four islands on the lake, and a nature preserve with a popular 3-mile hiking trail called, Shuman Point. Also, if you are lucky you might even see a bald eagle soar across the sky.

Although the history and story of the lake proved interesting, the real joy was just being out on the lake itself. The heat of the day subsided as a subtle gentle breeze created a cooler, crisp evening.  In the sky, the colors changed from glimpses of gold through the clouds to a pinkish, purple hue across the sky (and the surface of the water).  The sun set without much notice from many of the other passengers, but I made sure to take notice. I always do. Happy Sunset Sunday.

sunset on lake wallenpauck while on the scenic boat tour

the shades of pink at sunset

Stay adventurous, Craig

A special thanks to the Pocono Mountains Tourism VB  for setting up my passage. I am excited to explore more of the region across all four seasons.


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  • Maria

    Love both photos but the second shot, seems otherworldly.
    Seems like a beautiful place to return to in October for some intense autumnal color. Maybe picnic on the water all day?

    • craig zabransky

      Maria, you can even picnic on the islands on the lake (they have BBQ pits and picnic tables). And I agree the lake is truly at it’s best in the early fall with the colors and while it is still not that cold yet… stay adventurous, Craig

  • Brian Teevan

    Nice write up. How would you compare the lake to others in the NJ / PA area? Any closer to NYC that are worth a trip?

    • craig zabransky

      Brian, the Lake is 2 and 1/2 hours from New York City, not too far. And actually with the width of the lake being only 2 miles at its greatest point, it is nice because you can always see the shoreline which helps with the scenic aspect (my opinion) and also for novice boaters. Lake Wallenpaupack also offers plenty of water sports and a few good restaurants, a great weekend getaway indeed.

      As for closer lakes, I am not sure about Culver Lake in NJ (usually pass it on the way) but I do have a friend who raves about it, and if you want the ocean, there is always Spring Lake in NJ too.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Maggie Mistal

    Beautiful capture of the sunset on the water Craig. I feel like I was there!

    • craig zabransky

      Thanks Maggie, PA has some wonderful sunsets as you know… stay adventurous, Craig

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