Lake Hideaway Draws Generations of Dunmoreans

Some of Michael Hoban’s fondest memories of his childhood are of summers spent at Lake Hideaway.

The idyllic spot located in Moscow, near the Elmhurst Country Club, has drawn generations of families, including many from Dunmore, to swim and fish, play games, and enjoy the summer sunshine.

Raised on Webster Avenue in Dunmore, Hoban specifically recalls, “There is this famous rock  near the beach in the lake, and the first time I jumped off it was a milestone in my life.”

Little did Michael ever think that he would, in fact, end up running the venue, which he bought in 2017 from the McAndrews family who built it.

Francis and Jean McAndrews, who were both schoolteachers, labored along with their children for eight years—from 1953 to 1961–to build Lake Hideaway. The land was originally forest and wetlands, so the McAndrews built a dam to create the iconic lake. They cultivated the green lawns and made flat areas for tennis and basketball courts.

Today, there is a plaque on a rock at the complex which commemorates the vision of Francis and Jean McAndrews. It includes their names along with those of their four children, Briggs, Brian, Helen, and Dennis.

Most of their members back then were also teachers. Michael’s parents, who sold school supplies, heard about the lake and also bought a membership. 

The McAndrews couple ran the business until 1986, then their son Brian managed it after his parents retired, and continued to do so until Hoban took over. 

“Hoban recalls, “Our grandparents were friends. My brother told me they were selling the property, and so I talked to Brian and we pretty much made the agreement with a handshake. Brian still lives across the street from the lake and helps me out often.”

Although Hoban bought it in 2017, he just observed the operation for the first year, and then started running it himself in 2018. This will be his fifth year at the helm. 

Along with many original members who have stayed, there are also lots of new members. “Many are third generation and some coming up on fourth generation,” Hoban says. “We do everything we can to keep the traditions alive.” He and his wife, Samantha, have five children and two grandchildren.

“All these years, people have heard about Lake Hideaway through word of mouth,” Michael points out. “The McAndrews never advertised it.”

The lake has swimming with lifeguards, a diving board, sliding board and swim dock. The site also features basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, pickleball, bocce ball, fishing, horseshoes, tether ball, corn hole, ping pong and hiking trails.

There are two camping weekends featured, and a fall weekend with pumpkins and hayrides.

Swim lessons and basketball camp are available to members and non-members.

The site is also rented out to members and non-members as an outdoor wedding and party venue, although Hoban only books three weddings per year, which are held outdoors under a tent.

Lake Hideaway also hosts family reunions, graduation and birthday parties, and corporate events, which have included The Wright Center employee recognition party, Head Start’s end-of-year party for teachers, and the Fastenal corporate picnic.

Members can bring a gas or charcoal grill and cook their own food at a picnic table, and there is also a snack bar serving French fries, hamburgers, chicken fingers, ice cream, candy, and soda.

Family memberships run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

An open house will be hosted on Saturday, June 4, to allow non-members an opportunity to visit for free and see what Lake Hideaway is all about.

For more information on memberships, call 570-983-4149 or visit lake.hideaway@yahoo.com  or the website at lakehideaway.com.

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