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$3,500 starting price
$500 starting price
$3,500 starting price
$500 starting price

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Historic Watres Lodge at Lacawac Sanctuary is a wedding venue located in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. Charming and historical, this incredible rustic venue is the ideal setting for your perfect country wedding. From thick wooden beams to original hardwood, the Historic Watres Lodge at Lacawac Sanctuary provides a vintage aesthetic complimented by the simplicity of natural beauty. Plan a unique wedding inspired by nature at the Sanctuary, tucked away amidst 500 forested acres. Stunning views will set the backdrop for the rustic wedding of your dreams at this historic nature preserve!

Facilities and Capacity
The Historic Watres Lodge at Lacawac Sanctuary is proud to offer a one-of-a-kind wedding venue for your special day. Choose the ceremony location that best suits your needs, whether you are hosting a small gathering or a vibrant party.

The Watres Lodge is perfect for an intimate sit-down dinner of up to 25 people. Or, utilize the space for a lively cocktail party or reception for up to 150 standing guests, with a candlelit ambiance and access to both the living and dining room. Enjoy stunning, scenic views from the dining room of the Sanctuary’s natural landscape while you enjoy the most special day of your life.

The Carriage House and Barn instantly transports you back in time with a rustic downstairs event space with a capacity for up to 50 wedding guests.

The Tented Outdoor Area offers an outdoor option with a large open space. With a capacity of up to 150 people. This option is perfect for showcasing the natural beauty of Pennsylvania.

Lodging is available on-site for friends, family members, and wedding parties to relax before or after the celebration.

Lacawac Sanctuary is a nature center, environmental education facility, ecological research station, and historic venue located in the heart of the Northern Poconos on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. The rental of Lacawac Sanctuary's Historic Lodge for your special day benefits Lacawac’s mission to preserve and protect our natural and historical heritage, which protects open spaces, and educates the public on our natural resources and historic places like the Watres Lodge.

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Jade Sent on 09/18/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Pennsylvania's Best Kept Secret

Lacawac is a gorgeous venue that does great work in research and education, and they are a wonderful wedding venue. You couldnt ask for a better place for a rustic mountain wedding!!!
Julia S. Sent on 02/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous, easy to work with, great cause

Lacawac was the first and only place we toured to get married. Craig was a joy to work with, incredibly responsive and accommodating, and the venue was able to perfectly execute on the vision we came up with. We got married beneath the trees, danced the night away in the barn, had a stunning cocktail hour on the grounds in front of the barn, and had a modern, colorful, and well-organized dinner under the tent. We loved Lacawac, our friends and family were so impressed by the beauty of the venue. If you're looking for a nature inspired wedding, you found the right place!
Nicole M. Sent on 05/28/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our DREAM venue

After visiting countless venues in search of "the one" that would meet all of our preferences, we found Lacawac - a literal dream come true. We rented the entire property for two days of festivities, and couldn't be happier with the outcome. Not only are the views breathtaking, but the history of the grounds provided an unmatched "vibe" compared to other vendors that we had considered. Everything was up to our standards of excellence, and Craig, President of Lacawac, was an absolute pleasure to work with (including the accommodation of postponing our original wedding date due to COVID-19). We truly couldn't have had a more perfect wedding weekend, and Lacawac was the real MVP.

If you're considering this venue for your wedding or event, DO NOT HESITATE TO BOOK IT!
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Craig Lukatch
Craig Lukatch

Lukatch is a Hazleton native, currently residing in Peckville PA who has extensive experience with more than 15 plus years in nonprofit administration and fundraising most recently working as the CEO of the Greater Pittston YMCA and the Director of Development at Wyoming Valley Children's Association, Forty Fort. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology. Lukatch currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators and Indraloka Animal Sanctuary and has served on various boards of nonprofits from the NEPA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, to the Hazleton YMCA, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators. He currently serves as Treasurer and Co-chair of the Special Events Committee for the Rainbow Allliance. Over his tenure he has raised over $6 million from foundations and for capital projects for local nonprofits.

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Fox Hill Farm Fox Hill Farm Barn & Farm Weddings

As a wedding floral designer, I've had the pleasure and honor to work at the Lacawac Sanctuary's Historic Waters Lodge. It is a beautiful combination of history, simple elegance, and the outdoors. I would recommend it to any couple looking for a unique venue in northeast PA.

Michelle Lee Photography Michelle Lee Photography Wedding Photographers

I have shot a couple of weddings at Watres Lodge at Lacawac Sanctuary, each one more stunning and unique than the other! It is an amazing place and the woods, the ferns, THAT LAKE!! Spectacular and so affordable and accommodating for couples! Definitely check this venue out if you are looking for fabulous photo ops!

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