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      Blue Marsh Lake
      Blue Marsh Lake is located northwest of Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania. This is a multi-purpose project built and maintained by the Philadelphia District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dam was authorized by Congress for flood control, water supply, water quality and recreation. Construction began in 1974 and was completed in 1979. The dam is located on the Tulpehocken Creek and the project's water control practices benefit downstream communities. The project provides flood risk management benefits primarily for Reading, Birdsboro and Pottstown areas. Water supply and water quality management practices benefit areas further downstream, including Philadelphia.

      While the main purpose of Blue Marsh was to provide flood control to part of the Schuylkill River Valley, over the years the lake has become a recreational hotspot. With over 36 miles of trails, 6200 acres of land, 1148 acres of water, picnic areas, a small beach and boat launches the lake can accommodate all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. The dam is an earthfill dam that that is 1,775 feet long, 98 feet high and can hold upwards of 16.28 billion gallons of water. During the summer months, the water level is maintained at 290 feet above sea level. In the winter the lake is drawn down five feet to provide for additional flood water storage.

      The grasp of Blue Marsh does not stop there. Over the years, the park staff has increased outreach efforts and organizes volunteers for events that happen all year round. Three of the larger programs include Take Pride in Blue Marsh (April), Get Outdoors Day (June), and National Public Lands Day (September). Tours and programs for school and civic groups emphasize the Corps missions, water safety and outdoor recreation. Contact Blue Marsh Lake to find out more about these and other programs we offer.

      Hours
      The developed recreation areas are open at 8:00 AM every day and close at dusk.
      source: website
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: Military Managed
      Land Manager: US Army Corps of Engineers
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      Region Details
      • 2
      • 6
      • 14

      Region Status
      Caution as of Jun 19, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      22
      Trails Mountain Bike
      23
      Trails Hike
      23
      Trails Trail Running
      23
      Trails Horse
      18
      Trails Snowshoe
      21
      Trails Nordic Ski
      21
      Total Distance
      37 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      15 miles
      Total Descent
      3,321 ft
      Total Vertical
      308 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      556 ft
      Reports
      295
      Photos
      308
      Ridden Counter
      4,038

      Photos of Blue Marsh Lake Mountain Bike

      106 |
      Dec 18, 2021 @ 11:26am
      Dec 18, 2021
      62 |
      Jul 11, 2021 @ 1:00pm
      Jul 11, 2021
      12 |
      May 5, 2021 @ 6:15am
      May 5, 2021
      17 |
      May 5, 2021 @ 6:15am
      May 5, 2021
      36 |
      May 5, 2021 @ 6:15am
      May 5, 2021
      66 |
      May 5, 2021 @ 6:11am
      May 5, 2021
      370 |
      Nov 18, 2020 @ 8:21am
      Nov 18, 2020
      226 |
      Nov 18, 2020 @ 8:21am
      Nov 18, 2020

      Videos of Blue Marsh Lake Mountain Bike

      Tulpy Flow Trail - Full Clip
      12:47 | 428 | Jul 18, 2021 , Reading

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #821973PspadtwishlistrouteBlue Marsh Clockwise
      Sep 23, 2022 @ 12:40pm
      2 days
      user #3186111cmmillarwishlistrouteBlue Marsh Clockwise
      Sep 23, 2022 @ 4:28am
      2 days
      user #938631cjon05wishlisttrailOld Church Loop - South and 16 more
      Sep 22, 2022 @ 7:16pm
      3 days
      user #1223663ilyushka33wishlistrouteMaria G's Blue Marsh Route
      Sep 22, 2022 @ 2:22pm
      3 days
      user #2696250mlebow68addreportStilling Basin Access Road and 3 more
      Sep 17, 2022 @ 3:24pm
      Sep 17, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      Sep 3, 2022 @ 6:54am
      Sep 3, 2022
      user #1460370timdelayreportPeacock Rd. to Old Church Rd.Awesome. Thanks for the info. I was not sure...
      Jul 6, 2022 @ 12:39pm
      Jul 6, 2022
      user #1943586singletracksandiereportPeacock Rd. to Old Church Rd.This tree was cleared by Berks Trail Works on...
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 2:14pm
      Jul 1, 2022
      user #1943586singletracksandiereportPeacock Rd. to Old Church Rd.Tree was cleared by Berks Trail Works on 6/28/22
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 2:04pm
      Jul 1, 2022
      user #1943586singletracksandiereportPeacock Rd. to Old Church Rd.Tree was cleared by Berks Trail Works 6/28/22
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 2:04pm
      Jul 1, 2022

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Reading Urban Trails 47.5 km
      Mount Penn Preserve 24 31 61 88.4 km
      Antietam Lake Park 15 14 11 19.3 km
      Neversink Mountain Preserve 11 10 3 19.6 km
      Birdsboro Preserve 24 36 10 215.8 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike2337 miles3,320 ft15 miles308 ft
      #1,637#88630729563,119
      Hike2337 miles3,320 ft15 miles308 ft
      #1,261#779129469
      Trail Running2337 miles3,320 ft15 miles308 ft
      #1,267#77629441
      Horse1831 miles2,953 ft13 miles308 ft
      #82#681581
      Snowshoe2137 miles3,320 ft15 miles308 ft
      #63#3990
      Nordic Ski2137 miles3,320 ft15 miles308 ft
      #28#23891
      • By brenthillier NSMBA TRAILFORKS & contributors
      • Admins: BAMBA, USACE, BTW, BAMBA
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