Updated May , 2014
Summer is in full swing and if you haven’t had a chance to get to a beach yet this is a great one to visit. Schultz Lake Beach in the Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a large beach with a roped area for swimming. There is not a lifeguard on duty so parents should watch children closely. The beach area is next to a large grassy hill with picnic tables available for those who want to bring their lunch.
There is a shower and changing area with indoor bathrooms available. Unfortunately the beach area does not have any shade available so bring a beach umbrella to provide your own. There is a deck area with shade that overlooks the beach – but there is no direct access from this deck to the beach area. The beach is large enough to provide room for making sand castles and splashing or just sitting in the sun. The water is also deep enough for adults to swim. This is a lake so there are fish and plants in the water and the temperature of the water is dependent on the weather. Kids seem to really enjoy hovering around the edges of the swim area to see if they can catch any fish. When the beach is not crowded the fish will come into the swimming area and can be fun to watch as they dart about.
If the beach is not what you are looking for there are canoes available for rental in the summer. There is also an indoor play area in the main building where the park office is located. Grills are on site next to the main park office for anyone who wants to cook. Some of the picnic tables are handicapped accessible now. The park also boasts many miles of hiking trails. There are maps available and trails are clearly marked for difficulty. Hiking can be a lot of fun in this park as some of the trails are hedged with raspberry and blackberry bushes. Other park visitors spend time looking for edible mushrooms in the low areas around the lake.
Schultz Lake has many programs for kids and families that run throughout the year. Regular programs include guided hikes, astronomy classes, insect and animal classes and of course fishing. This lake is at one end of the much larger Lebanon Hills Regional Park and is a fun place for families to visit on a warm afternoon. Don’t forget the sunscreen!