Kayaks, Pedal Boats, Fishing & Private Swimming Areas

Fishing in the lake is CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY. Life jackets are required.  Kayaks and pedal boats are available for your use in the lake.  Swimming is allowed in the lake as well as the "Bethesda Creek" swimming hole that resides at the base of the waterfall on the eastern end of the lake  There are many species of fish in the lake including largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, rewear, triploid carp and koi (the koi aren't for fishing).  The best bait for the lake is a spinner bait or live worms which can be bought at the local Walmart.  The lake is under video 24/7 with day and night vision video cameras. 


Bethesda Springs, Waterfall & Swimming

Bethesda Springs was given it's name due to the many naturally occurring springs in the area.  In addition to Bethesda Lake,  Stonehill Cottages is the home of two naturally occurring piped springs that are truly a magical part of Stonehill Cottages.  You are welcome to enjoy the springs in person.  Contact us to find out the exact location of the springs so you can explore and locate them.  They are very easy to find and it is not a strenuous walk to get to them.   Please don't hesitate to reach out to learn more about the natural Bethesda Springs.  

In addition to the springs, there is a wonderful waterfall on the downstream side of the lake dam.  The waterfall is a great place for a picnic. It is a very tranquil location and is the home of the Bethesda Creek swimming hole.  The location below the lake dam.   We intend to publish a property map soon, but until then, please call/text for directions to these water features.  These features are very easy to find.  See the video below, it includes footage of the waterfall.



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