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On the afternoon of May 12, a group of Lehigh Valley Greenways partners slowed to a halt behind their guide in an empty field at Gerald E. Seyfried Bear Swamp Park and Archery Complex.
The group’s guide had stopped a short distance from several aged but upright poles. The purpose of the poles was not immediately clear. At least not to everyone. But Lehigh Valley Greenways was there to explore the past, present, and future of Minsi Lake Corridor Greenway with partners from Northampton County Parks and Recreation. This included Superintendent Bryan Cope, Conservation Coordinator Sherry Acevedo, and Recreation Specialist Jim Wilson.
This 1,100-acre Minsi Lake Corridor, located in the northeast section of Northampton County, is comprised of Minsi Lake, Gerald E. Seyfried Bear Swamp Park and Archery Complex, and Tott’s Gap Conservation Area (Tott’s Gap) including the Twin Ponds. The Lake Minsi Corridor is a nearly contiguous park of protected lands owned and leased by Northampton County.
Thus far, the guided tour had shed light on: 1) the habitat and amenity improvements installed at Minsi Lake, 2) the design and trail use challenges present at Twin Lakes, 3) the maintenance of native meadows at Tott’s Gap.
Bear Swamp had been the last stop of the day, an area known for its woods, wetlands, and boardwalk. But as it turns out, the field also had a claim to fame – “BowFest.”
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Gerald E. Seyfried Bear Swamp and Archery Complex served as host site for the beloved Bowhunter’s Festival, endearingly dubbed, “Bowfest.” This popular festival drew over 2000 visitors per year, with a 3-D target course that would have utilized the poles first noted.
Though the field appeared empty on first inspection, in actuality, it contains a piece of the region’s recreational past, and a connection to its conservation and recreation future.
For a peek into what that future may look like, check out Northampton County’s newly finalized Minsi Lake Corridor Greenway and Stewardship Plan.
The Minsi Lake Corridor Greenway & Stewardship Plan will address:
What is Lehigh Valley Greenways? Created in 2004, Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape is a proactive, partnership approach to regional landscape conservation in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Our diverse partnership works together to enrich the quality of life of the Lehigh Valley citizens and visitors.
Written by Brit Kondravy, D&L Conservation Coordinator