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Leaser Lake Park Featured on “The Browne Report

October 2015: Leaser Lake

My recent visit and tour of Leaser Lake in New Tripoli is featured on this month’s installment on “The Browne Report” television show.

The 117-acre, 45-foot deep lake is part of a 540-acre park which is owned in part by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and also by Lehigh County. Leaser Lake’s recreational opportunities range from picnicking and hiking on the four mile long trail system to fishing and kayaking on Lehigh County’s only lake. Leaser Lake itself is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

I began the tour by discussing with Bob Stiffler, Director of Parks for Lehigh County, the many developments and challenges that Leaser Lake has faced in recent years. Stiffler explained the role Lehigh County and the Commonwealth play in maintaining and preserving the park.

Senator Browne discusses Leaser Lake with Bob Stiffler, Director of Parks for Lehigh County

Leaser Lake, which was created in 1970 and opened to the public in 1971, had the water level lowered in 1999 to make repairs to the dam. It continued to face challenges for the next decade and a half, including the need to completely drain the lake to make repairs to it. This past spring marked the first time in 16 years that Leaser Lake has been completely full.

For more about the lake, I spoke with George White, President of the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation, at the lake’s boat launch area. White spoke of the lake’s history, the Heritage Foundation’s role in the park’s operation and the many recreational opportunities that the park has to offer to the public.

There were many people from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the Fish and Boat Commission to Lehigh County who had a hand in getting Leaser Lake fixed and to where it is today. But, if not for the hard work and dedication of advocates, volunteers, fishermen and boat enthusiasts, it is highly unlikely that these improvements would have been made as quickly as they were and that Leaser Lake would not be in the great condition it is in now.

Senator Browne speaks with George White to learn about the history of Leaser Lake

We are extremely blessed to have such an incredible parks system here in the Lehigh Valley and, arguably, the crown jewel of that system is Leaser Lake Park. I am pleased to spotlight on this month’s show, not only this tremendous public resource, but the people who maintain and preserve this park for the general public.

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