sterling40man wrote:Brown Marsh? Is that the small lake that's not too far from the Pocono race track? If this is the lake then I've been there before......back in 1997. Me and a bunch of friends went to the fathers day race. I met up with an old Army buddy of mine that lives in the Pottsville...Allentown area. He had an awesome 24' Baja. He told me it was the only lake around. I remember driving by this old factory that had some sort of toxic waste spill. Talk about freaky. My bubby said that the area would not be livable for quite sometime.There was a 35mph speed limit on this lake with no drinking allowed. One part of the lake was for seadoo's and jetskis....one part for watersking.....one part swimming. There was a cop on the lake with his own boat.....lights, sirens and all. I swear he was always towing some boat into shore for something. They really enforce those speed limits and the no drinking don't they.
Bob, I think you are referring to Beltzville Lake. That Lake is located right off the PA turnpike at the Lehighton/Jim Thorpe exit. I used to do voluntary patrols there for the Auxiliary. The ranger there was quite the character. We kept our patrol boat on the same dock as him. He was always adding new things to his boat. Usually dealing with his lights, siren, or pa system. He and the Fish Commision had enforcement authority on the lake. We do not have any law enforcement authority. Usually either of those 2 would call us and we would do the towing of disabled boats.
My avatar is a pic of me and the grandson on a trip up there. I was pulling the patrol boat for the season and of course no one was around to help. So it was left to me, the son in law, and grandson. I gave them a tour around the lake before we hit the ramp.
Brown Marsh is what the locals call Blue Marsh. It is just north of Reading, PA It was put in after the Agnes flood in 1972. The primary use is flood control for the Schuylkill River. The Schuylkill runs from Tamaqua through Reading, Pottstown, Norristown and ends in Phila. Of course during heavy rains it catches all the run off and becomes brown.
The problem with both of these lakes is the fact that they bring inner city kids there on bus trips during the summer. Of course while swimming, they don't come out of the water
They had to shut down the swimming several times at each due to coliform levels. But that is never really given as the cause for the shut down. Can't alarm the masses too much or piss off the illegals. That would be discrimination !!!!!!!