Lake Appreciation Month

Celebrate Lake Appreciation Month with PALMS at Blue Marsh Lake

  July 19th, 2024 from 5-10 pm

*Rain Date of July 26, 5-10pm

Join us for the Fourth Annual Love Your Lake Event. Celebrate our lakes with PALMS, the staff of Blue Marsh Lake, Aqua Om Paddle, Berks Nature, Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards, Berks County Conservation District, and Tulpehocken Creek Watershed Association as we celebrate our Lakes and enjoy a sunset paddle and full moon!

Join us from 5-8pm for kayak and paddle board races! Or visit the educational tables along the shore to learn how to keep yourself and our lakes safe and then hit the water for a full moon paddle 8-10 pm.  This is a great opportunity to paddle the lake at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area.


Event details:

New this year!!! Kayak and SUP races with proceeds going to Pennsylvania Lake Management Society.

Race details and registration can be found here.

Race Rules

Race Registration:
Rentals for Race:
Rentals for Full Moon Paddle:

The General Event and Full Moon Paddle is FREE and open to the public.  Enjoy an evening dedicated to lake appreciation, education, and recreation. Read below to learn more about the hosts and their planned activities. 

Visit PALMS's table to learn about Harmful Algal Blooms and how to keep you and your furry friends safe. While there, PALMS will also show you how to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasives into our valued lakes, then you can head to the shores for a chance to participate in the annual Secchi Dip-In!

Blue Marsh Lake Staff will be on hand to talk about water safety, Blue Marsh Lake's watershed, and Harmful Algal Blooms at Blue Marsh Lake.

Aqua Om Paddle will have paddleboard rentals  for those who book online in advance. Kami with Aqua Om Paddle will teach you everything you need to know to have a safe and successful paddle. Please visit the links below for booking your paddle board rental and lesson. 

Berks Nature and Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards will be hosting tables with education and kids activity

Note: (This is rain or shine event.  Only if extreme weather is expected will it get moved to 7/26, 5-10 pm) 




Event Schedule: 

5-8 pm Educational Activities along the shoreline and Kayak/Paddle Board Races in the lake.  Three race distances to choose from!  0.25 mile, 1 mile, and 2 mile   

*all race registrations and rentals must be done prior to the event

8-10pm Full Moon Paddle/Float.  You can bring your own kayak/canoe/paddle board to join us for the Full Moon paddle/float.

Location: Dry Brooks Day Use Area, 1420 Palisades Drive, Leesport PA 19533   (Parking is available at Lower F and Upper F parking lots)  This event will be to the right of the Swim Beach.  Note: No Pets are allowed in this area of the park.

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