Saturday morning, April 25, marked the opening of the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center. A troop of dignitaries expressed their appreciation and support for the $1 million facility, hailed as a vital investment in the economy of the Lake Region, so dependent on tourism and recreation.


Saturday morning, April 25, marked the opening of the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center. A troop of dignitaries expressed their appreciation and support for the $1 million facility, hailed as a vital investment in the economy of the Lake Region, so dependent on tourism and recreation.
 The Visitor Center is the new satellite office of the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau (PMVB) designed to serve the northern Pocono region of Wayne and Pike counties. Tourist information, and regional orientation will be offered here, along with displays telling about the historic, cultural and environmental resources of the area. Local art and a touch screen informational display are also included.
Later in the summer, the Hawley Lake Wallenpaupack Chamber of Commerce plans to open their new offices, downstairs, along with a new satellite office for Senator Lisa Baker.
You can see Lake Wallenpaupack right through the front door windows as one walks up to the building. Looking through the back windows overlooking the deck, the lake presents itself as the heralded crown jewel of the northern Poconos. Built for hydroelectric  generation in the 1920’s, the lake has become a major economic stimulus for the Wayne and Pike region.
Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of PMVB, said that the Visitor Center was “19 years in planning” and a year from presentation of plans to ribbon cutting. The facility replaces a seriously outdated trailer that was set up near the spot where brochures were given out.
The new facility, he told the crowd, addresses the needs of visitors, serve as an orientation for the region, and aid in encouraging economic activity, As  a satellite office, PMVB will have a “better pulse” on Wayne and Pike counties and counter an impression sometimes heard that the bureau was too focused on Monroe County where the main office is located.
Wilgus noted that this is a fitting tribute for the 75th anniversary of PMVB.
Dr. Lorraine Kloss, president of the Hawley Lake Wallenpaupack Chamber, called this an “exciting, memorable day in the Lake Region” and said the building exemplified the regional transformation into a tourist and recreational economy.
Senator Lisa Baker, Wayne and Pike commissioners and Palmyra Township (Pike) Chairman Eric Ehrhardt and Paul Canevari representing PPL, were among those offering remarks.
Keith Williams is the manager of the Visitors Center and Karen Sullivan is Information Specialist.
The Visitor Center is located overlooking the lake, along US Route 6 next to the Wallenpaupack dike. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached at (570)226-2141.