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Codorus State Park is a Pennsylvania state park in Heidelbergmarker, Manheimmarker, Pennmarker, and West Manheimmarker Townships in southwestern York Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker in the United States. The park was created around Lake Marburg, an artificial lake covering , and is named for Codorus Creek, which forms the lake. Codorus State Park is located on Pennsylvania Route 216, from the borough of Hanovermarker.

History

The history of Codorus State Park is tied to a co-operative effort between private enterprise and state and local government. The borough of Spring Grovemarker and the P.H. Glatfelter Company worked together to dam Codorus Creek. The purpose of the dam was to provide drinking water for Spring Grove and to meet the industrial needs of the paper plant owned by the P.H. Glatfelter Company in the borough. The construction of this dam was also beneficial to the people of Pennsylvania when a park was created on the shores of the newly made Lake Marburg.

Lake Marburg gets its name from the small community of Marburg that was flooded in December 1966, when Codorus Creek was dammed. The dam is high, wide and thick. It is not owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but is instead owned by and on the property of the P.H. Glatfelter Company.

The land for the park was acquired as part of the Project 70 Land Acquisition and Borrowing Act, with the governor approving the acquisition on December 10, 1964. The park officially opened in 1970. It was originally named "Codorus Creek State Park".

Recreation

The park is open for fishing, boating, and camping. It also has a swimming pool and an 54 hole disc golf course. Lake Marburg has of coastline.

Fishing and boating

Lake Marburg holds many different species of fish. Fishermen will find largemouth bass, yellow perch, crappie, muskellunge, catfish, northern pike, and bluegill in the warm waters of Lake Marburg. Cold water fishing is available in the east branch of Codorus Creek where anglers will find rainbow trout and brown trout that have been stocked for sport fishing by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Canoes, kayaks, sailboats and motor boats are all permitted on Lake Marburg, provided they are registered properly with the state.
Kayaking at Codorus State Park


Camping and picnicking

Codorus State Park has modern and rustic camp site available. There are 198 camp sites that are suitable for RV's (up to in length) and tents. There are eight campsites with electricity or accommodate campers with disabilities. Codorus State Park also has 13 walk-in campsites for those interested in camping in tents only.

Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park, and two pavilions may be reserved for use by large groups.

Hiking

There are of hiking trails with Codorus State Park. The Mary Ann Furnace trail is long. It is a loop trail that winds through pine plantations, hardwood forests and some wetlands. The LaHo trail is long and follows the lakeshore of Lake Marburg through hardwoods and wetlands. Hiking is also possible on the horse trail on the west side of the park.

Disc Golf

There are two 18 hole disc golf courses, and two 9 hole extra courses at Codorus State Park. The blue course is a more technical 18 holes mostly through wooded areas. The red course is more open, but has some longer holes. There is a bonus course with 9 holes and a cross country course with 9 holes.
The marina at Codorus State Park


Hunting

Hunting is permitted in Codorus State Park. The most common game species are Ruffed Grouse, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Wild Turkey and White-tailed deer. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania State Game Commission. Hunters are limited to using shotguns, muzzleloaders and bows.

Winter Activities

Codorus State Park does not close in winter. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing and ice sailing are all popular winter activities, when the weather permits.

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within of Codorus State Park:

References

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