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One Tank Trip: Lake Wallenpaupack scenic boat tour

One Tank Trip: Lake Wallenpaupack scenic boat tour

HAWLEY, Pa. - It's so nice to watch the boats go by, and even better if you're on one.   

Captain Robert Cameron steers the pontoon for the Lake Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours. You just grab a seat, sit back, relax and go along for the ride.

"The boat tours have been around 54 years, officially, started by my wife's grandparents," explained Steven Gelderman.

Fourth generation-owned and operated, Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours opened in 1962.  It was a half-hour ride then around Lake Wallenpaupack.

Now, it's an hour and still the best seat in the house.

"You can go around the lake nine times in a day and it changes every time," Gelderman said. "You see something different."

On the narrated history tour, Captain Rob explains it's man-made. Created by PPL in the 1920s, and you'll pull right up to the hydro-electric dam.

We also learned a good urban legend. They say when the dam was created, the town of Wilsonville was flooded. When people go swimming here now, they say sometimes their feet touch a church's steeple.

"It's a long-lasting rumor that's been going around, but sorry to debunk that," Cameron said.

It is rooted in some reality though. The town was flooded, but it was torn down first and all buildings razed.

"There are foundations, but no churches," Cameron said.

Above water, there's beauty just about everywhere you look.

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