Stoevers Dam Park

Located just outside of Lebanon City, this city-owned, 153-acre park offers camping, picnicking, hiking, and a 23.5-acre lake for canoeing and fishing. Known locally as a prime destination in early spring for the opening day of Trout Season, you can visit year-round to spot deer, rabbits, herons, osprey, and grey-horned owls. Walk along the 1.5-mile trail that encircles the lake then visit at the Nature Barn, a 125-year-old farm barn featuring a large variety of displays of field and fauna.

Park Entrances

This city-owned park is located at the Northeast boundary of Lebanon City and North Lebanon Township, and features a 23.5-acre lake, inside a 153-acre park. The park has (4) four entrances, one at East Maple St. & Stoever St.; one at East Maple St. & North 3rd. Ave.; one at East Maple St. & Theater Dr. and one at Miller St., which can be reached either by North 8th Ave., or North 7th St. (Rt.#343) and following the signs.

The Nature Barn

The “Nature Barn”, a 125-year-old farm barn, is located at the Miller St. entrance. It features a large variety of displays of field and fauna, several small meeting rooms, which can be reserved, and an in-house greenhouse. Many different types of programs are also run throughout the year by the City of Lebanon Recreation department. Located just west of the nature barn you will find the Memorial Arboretum featuring a nice variety of trees and plantings.

The History of Stoevers Dam Park

The history of Stoevers goes back to the 1700s and can be traced to 1821, when Abraham Light, the grandson of the original farm owner Martin Light, sold the farm to John Stoever, from which the dam gets its name. Northeast section of Lebanon, with entrances on north Third Avenue, Miller Street, and Stoever Street. With 156 acres, the park features a Nature Barn, Community Theatre, picnic and camping areas, pavilions, boat ramps, fishing, handicapped fishing area, two softball fields, nature trails, and a memorial arbor.

Fishing Information

Type of fish: Stocked trout Body of water: Lake Boat access: Owned by North Lebanon Township- electric motors only. 

Stoevers Dam Park offers its visitors:

  • Water Activities: Fishing and boating on the lake
  • Recreation: Two softball fields, community garden plots, and interpretive nature trails
  • A Camping Area: Primitive sites for tents and RV campers (camping overnight by permit only, which are given at a first-come, first-served basis. Call 717-639-2800, Option 5, during regular business hours.)
  • Picnic Areas: Featuring benches and fire rings, and a covered pavilion which can be reserved by calling 717-639-2800
  • Nature Watching: Wetland areas for nature observation, a walking path that goes around the lake, and a nature center.

Best Known For:

  • Stoevers Dam Park has a 23.5-acre lake that is great for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing! In the winter months, this park is a very popular spot for ice fishing as it is stocked yearly with trout.

What Locals Love About It:

  • “Great fishing and a nice hike around the lake. Stocked with trout and has a decent bass population. Most people are friendly. You can camp and have fires in designated areas. Kayaking and boating [allowed].” – Walter S via

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Stoever’s Dam Park

22 Theatre Drive
Lebanon, PA 17046 

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