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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hike at Lake Ontelaunee

Lake Ontelaunee is a man made lake in Berks county. It was formed when the Dam was built in 1926 on the Maiden Creek to aid in the water supply of Reading and the surrounding area. This 1,000 plus acre lake is now refuge to water fowl and much of the forest around the lake is used by the PA Game Commission for "wildlife propagation" and is protected from public entry. Much of this lake is visible but inaccessible to the public. There are few trails, and limited parking areas. It's a shame that Berks County Park System doesn't utilize this beauty as a gem to share with the community. Although I visited this area a bit early in the fall, there was already a hint of color on the northern shore of the lake. I look forward to exploring this area more as the leaves change and probably into the winter.