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Increased Patrols on Lake Wallenpaupack Intended to Help Make Lake Visits More Enjoyable for All
Generations of people have enjoyed recreational activities at Lake Wallenpaupack. This year the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Pennsylvania State Police and the PPL company that owns and operates the lake are once again working together to enhance efforts to make the lake more enjoyable for all those who use it.
The commission and state police will increase patrols of the popular 5,700-acre lake in Wayne and Pike counties this summer.
“The combined lake patrols by the state police and Fish & Boat Commission are another way to help visitors have a positive experience at Lake Wallenpaupack,” said Paul Canevari, PPL community relations director for the Pocono region.
Police and the commission will begin their joint lake patrols on Memorial Day weekend.
“Lake Wallenpaupack is a busy place, especially this time of year, and we want boaters and other people who come to the lake to use good judgment, obey the law and enjoy their experience here,” said state police Lt. James J. Schultz, commander of Troop R in Blooming Grove.
Larry Bundy, northeast region manager for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, said boaters need to be aware that carelessness aboard a boat can lead to the same kind of tragic accidents that occur on highways.
“With all the summertime activity on the lake — fishing, boating, personal watercraft use, water-skiing and sailing — it’s important to stay alert and follow the rules,” he said.
To review the Lake Wallenpaupack boating rules, visit http://www.pplweb.com/lake+wallenpaupack/things+to+do/boating.htm.
“We have a good relationship with the state police, and we have agreed to work together this spring and summer to make sure visitors follow proper protocols and take home good memories of Lake Wallenpaupack,” Bundy said.
Lake Wallenpaupack provides water for the Wallenpaupack hydroelectric plant, a 44-megawatt plant near Hawley that has been generating clean, renewable electricity since 1926.
The lake, located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, is an important year-round tourism and outdoor recreation destination. It’s a comfortable drive from many cities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Thirteen miles long and about 60 feet at its maximum depth, Lake Wallenpaupack offers year-round recreation opportunities. Camping, fishing, boating and water-skiing are just some of the attractions.
PPL owns most of Lake Wallenpaupack’s shoreline. Land is managed in harmony with the environment. PPL also provides environmental education and awareness opportunities at the lake. An environmental learning center, completed in early 2003, gives teachers and students new tools to discover the lake’s natural resources.
PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), headquartered in Allentown, Pa., through its affiliated companies, owns or controls about 19,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. More information is available at www.ppllakewallenpaupack.com.
For further information: Paul Canevari, 570-620-3310