Laurel Lake is a 22-acre public lake located within the Cumberland County portion of the Michaux State Forest.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is roughly 35 miles northeast, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is around 189 miles west.
The Harrisburg International Airport is 43 miles away. The closest location for emergency care, UPMC Hospital, is also in Harrisburg.
Laurel Lake is nestled in a portion of the Michaux State Forest that once belonged to an iron forge. The Pine Grove Furnance State Park offers both visitors and residents fantastic outdoor opportunities!
Before this area was a park, it was a bustling pig iron production area. See the remains of iron stacks dating back to the late 1700s.
Lake Laurel offers visitors and residents fantastic amenities. A concrete boat launch is available on its western banks for those who love kayaking, canoeing, or boating. While you're on the water, cast a line out! Anglers can expect to catch pickerel, perch, bass, and stocked trout.
There are a variety of waterfowl and other birds that residents can watch throughout the year. Around autumn, the trees begin to change color and put on a gorgeous show for residents.
Hunting is another popular activity here, with common game species being turkey, deer, squirrel, rabbit, and pheasant.
The state capital of Pennsylvania is only 30 miles west of Lake Strause. Come visit the city that holds so much history, dating back to the infancy of the U.S.
The most nationally recognized attraction around Harrisburg is Hersheypark. Founded by Milton S. Hershey, this park was built for the company’s employees in 1906. This park is nestled in Pennsylvania outdoors and features roller coasters, family rides, water rides, and more!
Visit the Capitol Building Complex in downtown Harrisburg. On top of the main Capitol building is a 1/3 scale replica of the St. Peter's Basilica Dome. The interior features statues, murals, and other pieces of art spanning a timeline of more than a century!
The Civil War Museum in Harrisburg is a Smithsonian affiliate that holds over 20,000 weapons, manuscripts, and artifacts from this dark time in American history. There are regular public lectures held here for visitors to attend.
The oldest continually operating produce market in the United States is in Harrisburg! Visit the Broad Street Market, where there are nearly 40 vendors to give you a sample of the local Harrisburg flavor.
If you're a fan of the outdoors but don't want to give up proximity to a bustling city, then you've found the perfect match in Laurel Lake!