Going upstate to leaf peep? Totally unnecessary when you live in Lebanon County.
LebTown has been all over to capture our local fall foliage in its full pigmental glory. Mount Gretna, Coleman Memorial Park, Union Canal Tunnel Park, Governor Dick, Quittie Creek, and Swatara State Park received the treatment previously and the photos are just as striking today as when we first published them.
This fall as colors peaked we visited Marquette Lake at Fort Indiantown Gap to document this World War II-era manmade reservoir in northern Lebanon County as it bore a gorgeous palette of autumnal reds, greens, and oranges.
All photos by Will Trostel.
The reservoir was originally constructed as a training site for water landing drills. It was renamed in March 1963 after Sgt. Charles Marquette, a Civil War Medal of Honor winner.
In addition to being stocked with trout annually in the spring by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the area is also known to be home to bald eagles – a fitting resident given the lake’s location on the grounds of the country’s largest National Guard training center.
The lake has a roughly triangular shape, with a dam on the southern side. Traffic restrictions at the Gap may change in the future as construction of checkpoint gates and a perimeter fence progresses but as of today the lake continues to be fully open to the public.
We’ll be back Monday with another fall foliage photo story, this one featuring Second Mountain Hawk Watch. Do you have a beautiful photo of fall foliage in Lebanon County? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll use the best ones in a followup post next week!
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