2600 Smith Station Road
Hanover PA, 17331-8000
The 3,329-acre Codorus State Park
is in the southwest corner of York County, about three miles
southeast of Hanover, Pennsylvania, along PA 216. A prime
attraction of the park is the 1,275-acre Lake Marburg, which has
26 miles of shoreline. Fishing is popular. The lake has good winds
The impoundment of Codorus Creek is
the result of a cooperative project between the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania and the P. H. Glatfelter Paper Company of Spring
Grove, Pennsylvania. This undertaking is the first of its kind in
the Commonwealth and is designed to serve the water supply needs
of a private industry and the town of Spring Grove, and to provide
a public recreation area.
The P. H. Glatfelter Company paid
approximately $5.5 million to construct an earth fill dam, 109
feet high, 1,690 feet long and 750 feet thick. The dam itself is
on Glatfelter property and is not owned by the park. The gates at
the dam were closed to impound water in December 1966. The
Commonwealth acquired the park land under the �Project 70�
land acquisition program during 1965-1966. Originally the park was
known as Codorus Creek State Park. Lake Marburg is named for the
small community of Marburg that is covered by the lake.
The design and construction of the
park facilities were funded by the �Project 500� bond program
and the federal government�s Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The main launching area, off of
Sinsheim Road, was the first project in Pennsylvania completed for
public use under the �Project 500� Program. This lighted
facility, open 24 hours a day, year-round, was dedicated for use
on May 9, 1970.
I-83, take Exit 8. Go 18 miles west on PA 216 to the park. From PA
116, go through Hanover. Turn right onto PA 216 east and go three
miles to the park.
Picnicking: There are many picnic
tables scattered throughout the park and two picnic pavilions
which each hold 70 people. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to
11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are
free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Camping: modern sites, some with
The 198-site campground opens the second Friday in April and
closes the third Sunday in October. The sites are suitable for
tents or recreational vehicles up to 50 feet in length. Thirteen
walk-in sites are available for tents only. Hot showers, flush
toilets and a sanitary dump station are available. Many campsites
have electric hookups. Eight campsites with electricity can
accommodate people with disabilities. From Memorial Day to Labor
Day the maximum stay in the campground is 14 consecutive nights.
All camping equipment must be removed from the park for 48 hours
Fishing: The 1,275-acre Lake
Marburg is a warm-water fishery. Popular species are yellow perch,
bluegill, northern pike, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish,
muskellunge and tiger muskellunge. Many angler parking lots and
areas are available. Bow fishing is permitted in the shallow cove
Codorus Creek is in the Selective
Harvest Program. The Pennsylvania Summary of Fishing
Regulations and Laws contains all of the information on this
program. East Branch Codorus Creek is an approved trout stream.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations apply.
Swimming Pool: A large swimming
pool is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor
Day, unless posted otherwise. The pool has a ramp for people with
disabilities. A seasonal snack bar has hot and cold foods and
beverages. Fee charged for pool use.
Horseback Riding: A seven-mile
bridle trail network winds through the west side of the park.
miles of trails
Mary Ann Furnace Trail
- 3.5 miles - Three interconnected loops wind through hardwood
forests, pine plantations and wetlands.
LaHo Trail - 1.5 miles
- This trail follow the lakeshore through hardwoods and wetlands.
Trail Biking: There are 6.5 miles
of trails in the designated 195-acre Cross-country Skiing and
Snowmobile Area on the northern shore of the park. During hunting
seasons, the trails are open on Sundays only.
Boating Activities up to 20 hp
The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg has seven boat launch ramps around the
lake. All are open to the public, but the campground launch is
only for the use of registered campers.
Motorboats must display a boat
registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of
the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit
or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available
at most state park offices; launch use permit from the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
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