Codorus State Park is a 3,500-acre Pennsylvania state park in southwestern York County, PA, with Lake Marburg as its center piece — and that’s where we headed to go kayaking. The waters are clear — you can see underwater grasses flourishing.
The park was created around Lake Marburg, an artificial lake covering 1,275 acres, and is named for Codorus Creek, which feeds the lake.
Codorus State Park was created through a cooperative effort between private enterprise and state and local government. First came Lake Marburg — named for a small community, including a farm, that was flooded as the lake came to life.
There were a fair amount of fishermen (and women) on the lake the day we were there — apparently there was some sort of fishing contest between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. There’s good reason for all the fishing: the lake holds many different species of fish, including largemouth bass, yellow perch, crappie, muskellunge, catfish, northern pike, and bluegill in the warm waters of Lake Marburg. Folks fished along the shore as well.
Canoes, kayaks, sailboats and motor boats up to 20 hp are all permitted on Lake Marburg, provided they are registered properly with the state.
This is definitely a lake we’re going to return to — it’s just over an hour away from Baltimore, a little longer from DC, 45 minutes from Harrisburg — just so convenient and a lovely place!
- Black Rock Flats Boat Launch: 1060-1146 Black Rock Rd, Hanover, PA 17331
- Smith Station Boat Launch: 2246 Smith Station Rd, Hanover, PA 17331
- Visitors Center Boat Launch: 2600 Smith Station Rd, Hanover, PA 17331
- Marburg Dirt Launch: 6397 Hoff Rd, Spring Grove, PA 17362
- Codorus State Park Main Boat Launch Ramp: Sinsheim Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
- AOS Marina: 1 Marina Dr, Hanover, PA 17331
Hours: dawn through dusk
|Wildflowers near the boat launch.|