Sunset Beach - Harveys Lake, Pa.
Welcome to Sunset Beach Harveys Lake! The Harveys Lake Beach Association(HLBA), originally Sunset Beach Association, was started in the 1960's as a grassroots movement by property owners in the Sunset area of Harveys Lake. At that time, the lake was becoming more residential, and public access was limited. A visionary group of locals, mostly summer cottage owners led by James Britt, banded together to preserve Sunset Beach. Their tireless efforts and money kept the beach open to the public. The members worked with local borough officials, mayor Herman Kern, as well as State representative Stanley Meholchik, on what was known as Project 77. At that time, the association was called The Sunset Beach Association. Both the SBA & HLBA were and are now operated by an all volunteer staff of neighbors helping to preserve the beach for their families and friends and generations to come. The beach has had to adapt to EPA regulations, by adding bathroom facilities and an outside shower. Gloria Bilder, treasurer and beach activist, provides water samples to the Health Department Center on a monthly basis. The water samples continue to be good quality. The beach has life guards, a pavilion for dining and entertaining as well as a sand beach area for children. It is conveniently located when you first enter the lake from Route 415. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset and has a beautiful view of surrounding mountains. The beach is often open to the public fireworks displays throughout the summer and during the Harveys Lake Boat Regatta. The list of activities on the beach keeps increasing to bring people and their families together for fun in the sun. The Harveys Lake Beach Association actively recruits and welcomes new members. Membership at one time was limited to those residing within a certain geographic area of the beach. However, an amendment to the bylaws now allows open membership regardless of where they live. The vision of those original founders was that every child should have a place to swim, regardless of economics. Harveys Lake is the largest natural lake by volume in Pennsylvania. It truly is the people's lake. It's up to this generation and future generations to keep the dream alive. Carpe diem!