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One Tank Trip: Leaser Lake

LYNN TWP., Pa. - True rest and relaxation still happen. Sometimes, you just have to search it out. The rewards are usually worth it. 

"It's awesome," said Jamie Townsend of Leaser Lake Boats, Bikes & Bait, "It doesn't get any better than this. It's a great office, isn't it?"

Townsend found his R & R at Leaser Lake and made it his workplace, with a full service rental shop to get you fishing, boating, and boarding on the lake.

"There's still peace and quiet out there," Townsend said. "It's really Lehigh County's hidden treasure."

The 117-acre man-made lake in Lynn Township, just north of Kempton, Berks County, was built by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for recreation. It opened in 1971.

The lake is about 45 feet deep, providing a low-key lake life: paddles only so you don't scare away the fish.

There are gorgeous views, and as you walk around, you'll notice a nod to history. The four-mile trail around the lake is known as the Liberty Bell Trail, which makes sense around here.

In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, farmer Frederick Leaser was tasked with transporting the Liberty Bell on his wagon from Philadelphia to Allentown for safe-keeping from the British. 

"And for a very short time, the Liberty Bell sat in one of his sheds adjacent from the property where he is buried," Townsend said.

It's a serene resting place near land and a lake the living now explore. There's a 30-acre island in the middle of the lake. 

"It's pretty dense on this side, but on the other side, it's opened up a little bit, but you can walk across it or through it," Townsend shared.

After a few steps, though, you might want to just stop and listen.

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