The 3,452-acre Codorus State Park is in the rolling hills of southern York County. The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg has 26 miles of shoreline and is a reststop for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. The lake is also popular with sailboaters and motorboaters. Anglers love the lake for warm water fishing and can also fish Codorus Creek for trout. Picnicking, swimming in the pool and camping are popular activities.
The park is open from dawn to dusk.
The pool is open in the summer from 11 AM to 7 PM.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
Admission is charged for pool access. Swimmers arriving after 4 PM recieve a discount.
Picnicking: There are three picnic areas in the park. Restrooms and some charcoal grills are in each area. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Swimming Pool: The pool and sprayground sit on a bluff overlooking Lake Marburg. The pool has a ramp for people with disabilities. Swimming in the lake is prohibited.
Scuba Diving: Due to the volume of boat traffic on Lake Marburg, scuba diving is only permitted in Sinsheim Cove, in the east side of the park.
Fishing: The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg is a warm water fishery. Popular species are yellow perch, bluegill, northern pike, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, muskellunge and tiger muskellunge. Bow fishing is permitted in the shallow cove areas.
Hunting and Firearms: About 2,800 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel and waterfowl.
Hiking: 19 miles of trails.
Mountain Biking: 6.5 miles of trails.
Horseback Riding: 8 miles of trails.
Disc Golfing: The site of the 2005 and 2010 state championships, Codorus Disc Golf Course is rated one of the most challenging courses in Pennsylvania.
Boating: up to 20 hp motors permitted
The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg has seven boat launch ramps around the lake. All are open to the public, but the campground launch is only for the use of registered campers.
Mooring spaces may be rented from April 1 to October 31.
Boat Rental: The boat rental in the Marina Day Use Area offers pontoon boats, motorboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats and is open during the boating season.
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups; Camping Cottages; and Yurts.
Cross-country Skiing: There are 6.5 miles of trails in the 195-acre Mountain Biking Area on Bankert Road.
Sledding: A 500-foot sledding slope is at the upper end of Chapel Cove, just off of PA 216.
Snowmobiling: Registered snowmobiles may use 6.5 miles of trails in the 195-acre Mountain Biking Area on Bankert Road.
Ice Fishing: Except for the ice skating area, all of the 1,275-acre Lake Marburg is open for ice fishing.
Ice Skating: When conditions allow, a 10-acre area in Chapel Cove, near the restrooms, is available for ice skating.
Iceboating: Most of Lake Marburg is open for iceboating. A state park launch permit is required for iceboats.
Swimming pools, boat launch, camping, cabins and yurts, restrooms, environmental programs.
The pool has a ramp and electric chair lift for people with disabilities.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park directly.
When Europeans reached the land that became Codorus State Park, it was the territory of Susquehannock Indians, a powerful tribe that controlled much of the land near the Susquehanna River. Wars and the push of settlers led to the demise of the Susquehannocks.
The early settlers were German farmers, but industry soon followed.
Built in 1762, Mary Ann Furnace is believed to be the first charcoal furnace built on the western side of the Susquehanna River. The furnace supplied cannon balls and grapeshot for the continental army and employed Hessian prisoners to run the ironworks while many of the available workforce were off fighting the British. Nothing remains of the ironworks.