Sometimes, figuring out rural communities can be downright confusing…especially if a tourist destination like Lake Wallenpaupack is a major part of the community. Making it even more interesting is the fact that Lake Wallenpaupack straddles the border between Pike and Wayne counties, and some of the names of geographic boundaries cross over as well.
For instance, in Wayne County, we have Paupack Township. But over across the border in Pike County, we have the little “town” of Paupack, which has nothing to do with Paupack Township. (I use the term “town” loosely – Paupack as a town has a post office…that closes every day for lunch. Tafton has a similar post office, but it also has a deli, gas station, and other businesses.)
As if that were not enough, Wayne County and Pike County each have their very own Palmyra Township, cleverly referred to as Palmyra Wayne and Palmyra Pike.
Dare I even get into the Hawley address system – the Hawley Boro is in Wayne County. However, the Hawley post office handles the mail for a good portion of Pike County, serving parts of Lackawaxen Township (but the town of Lackawaxen has its own post office) and Blooming Grove Township (even though Blooming Grove and Lords Valley do not have their own post offices, they are often referred to as if they were their own little town.) This makes writing posts for Localism.com a challenge!
Anyway, my point (yes, I’m getting to it) is that I’ve noticed a lot of people are confused by Lake Ariel addresses when it comes to searching for Lake Wallenpaupack lakefront and lake rights property for sale. A home is listed as a Wallenpaupack lakefront…yet, it says Lake Ariel?
“Is it in Lake Ariel or Lake Wallenpaupack?”
Well, hopefully it’s not IN either lake (sorry…lame joke.)
Lake Ariel is truly a lake in Wayne County, but it is also the name of a town. The Lake Ariel post office serves homes around Lake Ariel and Lake Wallenpaupack.
Lake Wallenpaupack is not a town. You will not see addresses (correct ones, anyway) that say “1234 Smith Road, Lake Wallenpaupack, PA.”
When searching the MLS be sure to look for Lake or Waterway Info on the listing sheet – it will tell you if it’s on Lake Wallenpaupack or Lake Ariel. Don’t be fooled by the address alone.
Clear as mud?
To further muddy the waters, some properties listed as “Wallenpaupack lakefronts” may have access to Lake Wallenpaupack, but the actual lakefront is on a different lake – such as a community lake in Wallenpaupack Lake Estates. Pay careful attention to the description.
As a real estate agent, it’s my job to know this stuff, so you don’t have to try and figure it all out on your own. Feel free to contact me any time for assistance in finding and purchasing that Lake Wallenpaupack…or Lake Ariel….property you have been dreaming of.
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Karen E. Rice is a real estate agent working in Pike & Wayne County of Northeastern PA in the Pocono Mountains. Lake Wallenpaupack is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular destinations for vacations, retirement, and purchasing a home.