When I started looking at lakes here in Oklahoma, I decided it wasn’t worth paddling anything less than a thousand surface acres. How wrong could I have been? Every lake is unique and brings wonderful surprises. My ideas of what constituted a lake worth pulling the canoe off the truck diminished until it now rests around 80-100 acres.
Fuller and Laurel are admittedly extreme exceptions to the rule. I probably won’t repeat something the size of a pond as a paddling destination, but we were drawn here by the interesting history. No paddling at all is permitted in Fuller, but a group of beginner paddlers had been brought to Laurel Lake by an ACA instructor the day we were there. The distance around the lake was 1.2 miles.
Fuller Lake (l.7 acres) and Laurel Lake (25 acres) are in Pennsylvania DeLorme P. 81, B-7, and are located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, which is in turn along Piney Mountain and in the Michaux State Forest, and between Mount Holly Springs and Bendersville, PA, just a short distance north of Gettysburg.
This beautiful stream and Fuller Lake are separated
by the old railroad bed. This also sits right
on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail that runs
from Maine to Georgia.
With the spring colors, scenic hills, and a cabin on the shore,
the Fuller Lake may be small, but it's also beautiful.