Many people first experience Pawtuckaway Lake through a visit to the State Park, which owns over 5,000 acres of land bordering the lake.  It provides a natural habitat for wildlife and acts as a buffer zone and sanctuary for numerous species of animals, birds, plants, and fish that thrive in or near the water.  For the public, there are many opportunities for hiking, with trails leading to many special points of interest, including a mountaintop fire tower; an extensive marsh where beavers, deer, and great blue herons may be seen; and a geologically unique field where large boulders called glacial erratics were deposited when glacial ice melted near the end of the Ice Age.  To discover more about this popular recreational spot, go to: beach