Lake Galena is a wonderful recreation area for a picnic, barbecue, boating, fishing, running, biking, volleyball, flying a kite, and so much more!
The lake is 365 acres and is surrounded by Peace Valley Park (1500 acres). It is a man-made lake that was formed by the damming of the northern fork of the Neshaminy Creek in 1972. It now covers what was the former town of Leven which was a lead ore (“galena”) mining town in the 1800s.
There are multiple picnic areas, playgrounds, and restrooms around the lake. Seasonal boat rentals include paddle boats, canoes, sailboats, and kayaks.
There is a nice, wide paved trail that takes you on a 6-mile loop around the lake and is a great path to walk the dog, go for a run, or take a family bike ride. It’s also a great place to see wildlife – from birds, turkeys, and even white-tail deer!
Growing up, we went to Lake Galena often for family barbecues, bike rides, or just to throw the frisbee by the lake. You can use one of the several picnic pavilions to get out of the sun, and the kids will love the playgrounds. Renting paddle boats or canoes can also be a lot of fun.
There are many acres of sprawling open lawn area, so pack some chairs, a blanket, and even a volleyball or badminton net.
There are also a few fishing piers along the lake with lots of space for the anglers in the family. We caught several sunnies with the boys, and heard from some of the other fisherman that they were catching large-mouth bass.
Peace Valley Park has over 14 miles of trails and facilities for nature-lovers, young and old. Here you can learn about the more than 250 species of birds and other wildlife in the park. Check out their calendar of events, as they often have nature walks, nighttime star gazing, and other free activities.
Lake Galena is a one of Bucks County’s best kept secrets. Whether you’re going there for a picnic or an after-dinner bike ride, there is something to do for everyone.
If you still have some day light (and energy), Doylestown Township has a GIANT castle playground just 5 minutes away (adjacent to township building). This is fun for both big and little kids and may be just what you need to tire them out for bedtime!