“It’s time to gather at the lake”

All the answers to your need-to-know Keen Lake Camping Resort questions can be found right here. If you still need some things clarified, feel free to give our office a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with whatever information you need prior to your stay!




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Resort Questions

Q: When does Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort open and close for the season?

Keen Lake opens the closest Friday to May 1 and closes the Monday of the Columbus holiday; however, we accept reservations of 7 nights or longer year-round. We begin accepting reservations for shorter stays the first Tuesday after the New Year holiday.




Q: Do you have any age restrictions?

The minimum age to rent a campsite or book a rental unit is 25 years of age. Keen Lake is a family campground with reasonable, but fixed quiet hours.




Q: How many camping units are permitted per site?

We permit one family and one camping unit and one vehicle per site. A screen house and an additional tent for the registered camper’s immediate family only will be limited to one per site. Immediate family is defined as unmarried children under 18 living with parents. In fairness to all of our guests, we limit the number of people on each site to a maximum of two adults and four children total.



Q: How many Persons can be accommodated in a rental unit?

The maximum number of guests for a rental unit ranges from four to seven.



Q: What comes with each campsite?

Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and a picnic table. You also have the option to request a site that has water and electric (20 amp) or a site with water, electric (30/50 amp), and sewer on site.



Q: What comes with each rental unit?

Each unit is furnished with pillows and blankets, dishes, cookware, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, DVD player, and Wi-Fi for streaming. Basic supplies (toilet paper, cleaning supplies, dish detergent) are included. Lawn chairs, a picnic table, a fire ring, and a gas grill (Keen Lake supplies the propane) are also at each rental unit.

Guests will bring pillowcases, sheets, and bath, kitchen, and beach towels.

Keen Lake does not permit tents to be set up in the yards of any of our rental units.  We would be happy to help any additional guests find a tent site as close as possible to your rental unit.



Q: What about my pets?

In order to ensure the enjoyment of our guests, the following guidelines have been established with the most sincere intentions to provide for the safety and well-being of all our guests and their pets:

  • Keen Lake is pet-friendly throughout the park and on our waterfront.  Pets at Keen Lake have their own beach and lake access.  Up to Two pets per unit are permitted at either a pet-friendly rental unit or your own campsite.  A fee of $75 is assessed for each pet staying in a pet-friendly rental unit, or $100 for two pets. There is no fee to bring your pets camping with you.  (It is possible to bring additional pets, but prior arrangements must be made with management.)
  • Your Guests and Visitors may not bring pets.
  • All pet eliminations/dog droppings must be bagged and disposed of immediately and are the sole responsibility of the pet owner. (We provide Dogipot bags at various locations for your convenience.)
  • Pets should not be left unattended, particularly if their barking will disturb other campers.
  • When outside your unit, pets are to be on a short leash at all times, unless tied on a strong durable chain or rope that will not allow your pet to extend off the site/lawn in any direction.
  • Pets must be under the control of their owners at all times–we ask that  you do not allow your small children to walk your pet.
  • Please bring your pets papers indicating vaccinations to be presented to our staff upon request.
  • Pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted in the pool area, the people beach, the Game Room, the Movie Lounge, the Green Barn, Office or at Group Activities.


Q: Are campfires allowed and can I bring my own firewood?

Campfires are the heart and soul of a great camping experience. Keen Lake provides a fire ring at all campsites.

Keen Lake does NOT permit ANY firewood to be brought onto Keen Lake property. ALL firewood must be burned prior to your departure. Please do not take it with you.

Keen Lake has locally cut firewood available for purchase at our office.

WHY? Over the years, a number of exotic invasive species have been detected in the United States, having gained entry largely through human activities, mainly the movement of goods and people. Since 2002, The Emerald Ash Borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees. Of particular concern to those of us in Northeast Pennsylvania is the Sirex Wood Wasp and the Spruce Bark Beetle—both of which have the potential to decimate the Commonwealth’s pine and spruce resources.

In 2007, recognizing the potential economic impact hitchhiking non-native invasive pests could have on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s communities, industries, and environment, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture enacted a quarantine order.  Firewood many NOT be transported across state lines and between commonwealth communities identified as having invasive species present.



Q: Is there high-speed internet available?

Free, communal, WiFi is offered at Keen Lake.  This service is perfect for browsing the web, checking email and social media.

For professional or business purposes, you also have the option to connect to the Premium Package.  This allows for a high-speed connection for uses like video chat, streaming, and a better connection for educational/professional purposes.

Call or stop at the Keen Lake office during your stay for rates and more information about the Premium Package offered by Skyweb. 



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Poconos Questions

Can I bring my boat to Keen Lake?

Keen Lake has a launch area for boats no larger than 14’.  There is a nominal fee for all camping guests for every day you utilize your watercraft on the lake.

Only electric motors are permitted, and If you plan to bring one, please ensure that your boat is registered in your state of residence.  All watercraft in PA are required to have wearable, coast-guard approved life vests for every person in the watercraft.  These must be worn by children ages 12 and younger.  You will also be required to have a sound producing device (i.e. horn, whistle, etc.) so that you may alert others in the event of an emergency.

PLEASE NOTE: Guests must clean boats prior to launching them in Keen Lake. Non-native plants and animals have the potential to degrade ecosystem health and make waterways unsuitable for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming. To prevent this, please inspect and clean all vessels, trailers, equipment, and clothing before transporting them to different water bodies:
–Remove all visible mud, plants or animals.
–Clean and dry all clothing and equipment.
–Only release plants, fish or animals back into the body of water from where they came.

Thank you for keeping Keen Lake clean!



Why do you charge a fee for me to launch my own boat on the lake?

Owning a lake and a dam has a unique parameter of liability and financial obligation.  These fees allow us to continue to offer boating opportunities to our guests.



How old do I have to be to rent a boat?

You must be 18 years old to sign the boat contract and therefore, rent a boat.  Keen Lake does not permit children under the age of 12 to operate a boat alone.  It is at the parent’s discretion to determine if their minor child who is age 12 to 17 is able to safely operate a watercraft.



Is a Fishing License required?

Anyone age 16 or older if required to have a Pennsylvania Fishing license to fish at Keen Lake.  To get your fishing license, please visit You may follow this link for more information about Pennsylvania fishing guidelines.



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Booking Questions

What time is check-in and checkout?

If you are staying on a campsite, we are pleased to welcome you as early as 2:00 PM and you are welcome to stay until 12:00 PM on the day of check out.

If you are staying in a rental unit, check-in begins at 3:00 PM and ends when the office closes each day. Check-in for the Cottage on Hermit Island begins at 3:00 PM and ends at DUSK. Please plan accordingly. Rental unit check out is 10:00 AM.



Can we check in early or stay late?

If your site or rental unit is unoccupied the night before your arrival, an early arrival may be possible and if your site or rental unit is not reserved the night of your departure, a late check out may be possible. However, we would not be able to confirm this more than 24 hours in advance of your arrival.  Early arrival/late stay camping fee charges are $3/hour. Early arrival/late stay Rental unit fees is a $75 flat fee plus applicable tax.



Does Keen Lake offer any camping or rental specials?

Yes, you can find several spring and fall savings during your visit with us by checking out our Camping Specials page!



Can I request a specific site?

Of course we want to know about your favorite sites and we will try our best to accommodate your wishes, but we do not guarantee a specific site for under a 7-night stay unless you book your site with a lock-in option. Your site-type is always guaranteed, but your actual site location will be optimized based on occupancy. However, using the lock-in option guarantees that the site you select at check-out is yours. The cost for this service is $25.


What type of payments are accepted at the campground?

Cash, Travelers Checks, Money Orders, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Credit or Debit cards are accepted at check-in.  Personal checks are accepted as advance deposit only. An ATM is on the premise for your convenience.