Statewide Park Advisories

7/24/2015 7:03:00 AM
Contrary to the information on Google, all Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons. Day use areas close at dusk.

Individual State Parks Updates

5/13/2015 3:19:00 PM
Due to the construction project of the Kinzua Bridge Visitor Center, a section of the main park facilities, including part of the main parking area of the Kinzua Bridge State Park will be closed from August 28th, 2014 until mid-summer 2015. Regardless of the construction, the skywalk, overflow parking lot, picnic area, and the overlook will be open to the public from sunrise to sunset daily. Please follow the directional signage that will be posted to designate the altered traffic, parking and pedestrian pathways during the course of the project. Restroom facilities are closed; there are portable toilets available however, there is no potable water available. This page will be updated regularly to provide information regarding the construction project. If you have any questions please call the park office at 814-965-2646.

6/24/2014 2:34:00 PM
As part of the campsite rehabilitation project the following sites will be available until September 1, 2014 but will close for the remainder of the 2014 and also the 2015 camping season: 20, 21, 34, 35, 241-247, 288-293, and 294-300. They will be reopened for reservations once the work has been completed. Thank you for your understanding during the campground improvements.

Bald Eagle 8/25/2015 12:32:00 PM
Facility Closure: The Upper Greens Run area and Boat Launch will be closed beginning 9/8/2015 due to a park paving project. It is anticipated that the area will reopen on 9/19/2015.

Bald Eagle 7/30/2015 3:28:00 PM
Traveler's advisory: For those traveling to the park using Rt. 150 South; PENNDOT is planning a bridge deck replacement project at the bridge across Marsh Creek approx. 2.5 miles north of the main park entrance. A short detour will be in place. The project is to begin 8/7/15 and be completed by 9/4/15.

Beltzville 8/14/2015 8:23:00 AM
The Saw Mill trail has been closed due to hazardous conditions caused by soil erosion.

Blue Knob 8/22/2015 8:57:00 AM
Swimming pool schedule: Due to our lifeguards returning to school the Blue Knob public pool will only be open on the following dates: Saturday, Aug 22; Saturday, Aug 29; Labor Day Weekend, Sept 5,6,& 7. The pool will be open 11 am to 7 pm on those dates. The pool closes for the season after Labor Day.

Caledonia 9/3/2015 2:18:00 PM
The Caledonia State Park swimming pool hours are as follows for the remainder of the 2015 season: Saturday 9/5: 11am-7pm Sunday 9/6: 11am-7pm Monday 9/7: 11am-7pm Tuesday 9/8: Closed for the season.

Chapman 8/3/2015 2:08:00 PM
Chapman State Park does not currently have a boat rental concessionaire. Please check our events calendar here: http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/chapman_state_park and call the office at 814-723-0250 to register for an Enviromental Education Boat Program or contact Allegheny Outfitters in Warren at 814-723-1203 or 814-723-3030 to schedule a rental.

Chapman 7/24/2015 2:22:00 PM
A large scale dam rehabilitation project is currently in the design phase for the dam at Chapman State Park. Onsite construction may begin as early as mid-September 2015, although the exact time frame is not currently known. This project will ensure the continued safe operation of the dam, and although it may create some temporary interruptions of services at the Park, it will be a benefit for many years to come. At this juncture of the design phase, the extent of the construction and related facility interruptions are unknown. More information will be supplied as planning moves forward and more information is available. You may contact the Park Office at 814.723.0250 Monday- Friday from 8-4 with questions or for updated information.

Cherry Springs 6/13/2015 5:25:00 PM
•Starting July 1 all Public Stargazing programs listed on the calendar of events will require online reservations.

Cherry Springs 8/14/2011 12:59:00 PM
Pets are not permitted at Night Sky Programs. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment do not create a pet friendly environment

Codorus 6/2/2015 1:11:00 PM
2015 POOL INFORMATION: POOL PRICES: PA Resident (PA Driver’s License required) Daily rate $7, After 4 p.m. $4. Non-PA Resident Daily rate $12, After 4 p.m. $8. Non-Swimmers must pay the daily rate to enter the pool facility. Children under 42" tall FREE. No Group Rates. Only cash accepted at ticket booth. Season passes may be purchased at the Park Office 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m. NO REFUNDS. POOL OPEN: June 6 thru August 16, August 22-23, August 29-30, September 5-7. POOL HOURS OF OPERATION: 11:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m. weather & staff permitting. Food Concession on Site. No coolers, food or drink inside the fenced in pool area. Buses must pre-register by calling the Park Office 717-637-2816.

Colonel Denning 8/4/2015 2:01:00 PM
The beach is OPEN for swimming

Colton Point 7/12/2013 11:54:00 AM
The presence of an invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” has been detected in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. please read the information in the linked page about didymo and how best to prevent its spread in Pine Creek and into other streams. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/news/DCNR_20027828.pdf.

Cook Forest 8/10/2015 9:58:00 AM
The Children's Fishing pond will be closed August 13,2015 until the first day of Trout 2016 Due to maintanence.

Cowans Gap 4/27/2015 10:44:00 AM
Firewood will no longer be supplied to Cabin occupants. Firewood is sold onsite during the spring and fall at the Campground Host Site in Campground Area A. From Memorial Day to Labor Day firewood is sold at the Food Concession.

Cowans Gap 1/20/2014 2:51:00 PM
NEW FOR 2015: Beginning in 2015, Cowans Gap State Park will be expanding their pet friendly overnight facilities to the following areas. Cabins A and B will be dog friendly in addition to Cabin C. Also, Campground Area B will be pet friendly in addition to sites 1-30 in Area A. For more information about pets in overnight facilities check out the following links: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/staythenight/camping/index. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/staythenight/cabins/index.htm

Delaware Canal 8/30/2015 12:23:00 PM
White-water boating enthusiasts will again be converging on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek on November 7 & 8, 2015, when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek. DCNR officials remind boaters that this is technical whitewater with Class 3 and 4 rapids that require boating skills. Boaters should be aware of and abide by the safety code of the American Whitewater Affiliation. Boaters must wear appropriate personal flotation devices, take appropriate precautions to prevent hypothermia, and use only craft designed for this type of water. This popular event was cancelled in the fall of 2012 due to damage at Ralph Stover State Park from Hurricane Sandy, again in the fall of 2013 due to a mechanical failure at the dam control tower in Nockamixon State Park, and subsequently due to the replacement of the State Route 32 Bridge across the Tohickon Creek in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Although that bridge work is not complete, with the cooperation of PADOT and their contractor we will be able to have the release this fall. If there is not sufficient clearance at the temporary bridges for boaters to pass safely, boaters will exit at the Point Pleasant Community Park.

Delaware Canal 4/13/2015 3:45:00 PM
A cuvert under the Canal and towpath has collapsed making the towpath unsafe. The towpath is closed 2 miles north of the Park Office in Upper Black Eddy. This location is 1.5 miles south of the Indian Rock Inn and 5 miles south of the Durham Parking lot.

Denton Hill 3/16/2015 12:29:00 PM
Denton Hill State Park is closed for downhill skiing. DCNR is currently conducting a feasibility study that will provide a comprehensive evaluation of the facility and will look at the potential for downhill skiing and other year-round activities at the park. The feasibility study is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015. The public is welcome to use areas of the park that are appropriate for cross-country skiing, walking, hiking, fishing, and other forms of passive recreation. Rental cabins are not available for reservations during the 2015 season. If you have any questions about Denton Hill State Park in general, please contact the Lyman Run State Park office at 814-435-5010. Thanks.

Elk 8/10/2015 10:23:00 AM
Due to low water levels, the Instanter Boat Launch at Elk State Park will be unusable for boats that must be launched and recovered using a trailer, as of Monday, August 10, 2015. Boats that can be launched by hand will still have access to the water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has implemented a dam safety initiative at the Clarion River East Branch Dam for precautionary measures. Questions concerning lake levels can be directed to the U.S. Army COE, East Branch Dam, at 814-965-2065. For more information you can also contact the Bendigo State Park Office at: 814-965-2646, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or by email at: bendigosp@pa.gov

Frances Slocum 7/28/2015 10:02:00 AM
The swimming pool will be open seven days a week until August 23rd, 2015. It will then be opened on the weekends only until September 7th. After Labor Day weekend it will be closed for the season. Please contact the park office to see when the pool will be open if you have questions.

Frances Slocum 7/5/2015 1:36:00 PM
Currently the Patrick Solano Environmental Education Center is under construction. Please be aware of large construction vehicles and equipment travelling through the park. Pardon our mess in that area while construction is being completed. Thank you.

Gifford Pinchot 8/17/2015 2:04:00 PM
Gifford Pinchot State Park will be closing the beaches for the season at dusk on September 20, 2015. Thanks for a great season!

Gifford Pinchot 7/19/2015 8:29:00 AM
Gifford Pinchot is open from 8:00 am to sunset daily for visitors to enjoy. Please be advised that anyone doing a Google search of Gifford Pinchot will see incorrect information regarding the park hours. Google has the park listed as "Closed now". If anyone has any questions please contact the park office at (717) 432-5011 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Gifford Pinchot 7/17/2015 8:50:00 AM
Boat rental is available. Hours of operation: (Unless otherwise posted) Weekdays at Quaker Race Day Use Area: 10:00am to 8:00pm. Weekends and Holidays at both The Quaker Race and Conewago Day Use Area: 9:00am to 8:00pm For further information or complaints call (717)215-6723

Gifford Pinchot 8/16/2011 4:10:00 PM
Additional information to direct you to the campground or beach is listed below. Campground address for MapQuest: 800 East Camping Area Road, Wellsville, PA 17365 Campground GPS coordinates: DD: 40.05835 N 76.91024 W DMS: 40* 3' 30.1" N 76* 54' 4.5" W Beach GPS coordinates: DD: 40.07301 N 76.89534 W DMS: 40* 4" 22.8" N 76* 53' 43.2 W

Hickory Run 6/28/2015 11:22:00 AM
Attention travelers: On June 30th, 2015, a new interchange from PA Turnpike I-476 will be open on PA RTE 903, exit # 87. This exit will be EZ PASS ONLY. When exiting, take RTE 903 NORTH to RTE 534 West to enter the Park.

Hickory Run 10/17/2011 2:13:00 PM
Due to an active black bear population, the park is requiring all visitors to take certain precautions while exploring the park or staying in the campgrounds. Bear are generally not dangerous to people if they are left alone, however, as with all wild animals their behavior is unpredictable. All visitors, especially overnight guests, shall abide by the following: NEVER approach a bear to pet, feed, or photograph it. ALL food and scented items must be stored in locked vehicles. If a bear approaches you, NEVER throw food or other objects; they can act as an attractant rather than a deterrent. Do not run from a bear; stay together as a group, clap your hands and shout loudly while backing away slowly.

Hyner Run 8/22/2015 1:54:00 PM
THE POOL WILL ONLY BE OPEN THE FOLLOWING DAYS AFTER SUNDAY, AUGUST 23TH, 2015 -SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH -SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH LABOR DAY WEEKEND -SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH -SUNDAY, SEPTEMEBER 6TH -MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH The pool will be closed for the season after September 7, 2015.

Kettle Creek 10/29/2014 1:07:00 PM
Flaming Foliage weekend for 2015 in Renovo PA is October 9, 10, 11.

Keystone 8/23/2015 8:38:00 AM
Please be advised that the beach house/swimming will be closed for the season starting September 8, 2015.

Keystone 8/22/2015 6:49:00 PM
Please be advised that the boat rental for the weeks of August 23 and August 30, 2015 will be closed on Monday and Tuesday due the shortage of staff. The last day for the boat rent will be Labor Day.

Kings Gap Env. Ed. Cntr. 8/25/2015 11:45:00 AM
Detour due to Bridge Work at the intersection of Route 233 and Pine Road. Allow 5 to 10 minutes additional travel time to Kings Gap. The road is scheduled to be closed until September 25.If traveling Route 233 South turn Left on to Route 174 East.You will then turn right on to Montsera Road which takes you to Pine Road.

Kooser 5/28/2012 10:48:00 AM
The swimming area at Kooser State Park is closed indefinitely. The reason for the closure is excessive sediment deposition and algae. The beach area will remain open. The park is working to improve the conditions in Kooser Lake and the watershed. We will keep you posted of any developments. Please visit the swimming area at nearby Laurel Hill State Park.

Lackawanna 8/14/2015 9:43:00 AM
We are looking forward to the Grand Opening of the new swimming pool complex on Memorial Day Weekend, 2016

Lackawanna 6/10/2015 11:14:00 AM
Due to bridge construction and closure of Route 524, the best alternate route for rigs 30 feet and larger; from I81 take exit 202, then West on 107 to 407 South at Fleetville. For rigs under 30 feet; from I81 take Waverly exit 197, then West on 632 to Waverly, take 407 North. For smaller vehicles: If coming from Turnpike, follow above directions from 81. Traveling South on Route 11; follow Route 11 until it merges with Route 6 near Factoryville, take left onto Route 107 East. Follow 107 East to intersection of 407 at Fleetville Corners, turn right onto 407 S. Stay on 407 S. Park entrance will be on your right.

Laurel Mountain 5/6/2015 10:14:00 AM
Ski facilities at Laurel Mountain will remain closed during the 2014-15 ski season as DCNR and the concessionaire actively work to design repairs and upgrades to infrastructure at the facility. The public is welcome to use areas of the park that are appropriate for walking, hiking and other forms of passive recreation.

Laurel Ridge 8/6/2015 9:40:00 AM
Backpackers/Hikers – please be advised that water at the 271 Shelter Area is intermittent during the summer months. There is no guarantee it will be available. As of August 4, it was not available. Please plan accordingly. Generally, there is water available at the 271 Trailhead Parking. As of August 4, there was water after 10 pumps.

Laurel Ridge 9/4/2014 7:51:00 AM
Effective, December 1, 2014, the King Road Trailhead Parking Area for the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail will be closed. To better serve our visitors, the Ferncliff Parking Area at Ohiopyle State Park will be the "new" overnight parking location. Please contact the Park Office directly with any questions you might have. 814-445-7725

Laurel Ridge 7/11/2014 10:49:00 AM
IMPORTANT - Recently, many of the hand pumps along the LHHT have been restored. However, they are posted as non-potable, not for human consumption. These include pumps at the following locations: Bidwell/Ohiopyle Shelter Area, Rt. 653 Shelter Area, Grindle Ridge Shelter Area, Rt. 31 Shelter Area, Turnpike Shelter Area, Rt.30 Shelter Area, Rt. 271 Parking Area, Rt. 271 Shelter Area, and Decker Avenue Shelter Area. We continue to provide treated water sources at the Rt. 653 Parking Area, Laurel Ridge Maintenance Area and at mile marker 26 along the trail (Seven Springs). Please call the park office at 724-455-3744 with any questions.

Leonard Harrison 7/12/2013 11:53:00 AM
The presence of an invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” has been detected in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. please read the information in the linked page about didymo and how best to prevent its spread in Pine Creek and into other streams. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/news/DCNR_20027828.pdf.

Little Buffalo 9/4/2015 2:13:00 PM
The pool will close at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 7th.

Little Buffalo 9/4/2015 2:12:00 PM
The Little Buffalo State Park swimming pool, boat rental and food concession will be open for Labor Day Weekend, September 5, 6, and 7, 2015. However, the pool will close at 5:00 pm on September 7, 2015. This will be the last day of operation for the season. The 2016 season will commence Memorial Day weekend.

Little Buffalo 9/4/2015 2:08:00 PM
Daily pool hours are generally 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; hours are dependent on weather conditions and staffing. Pool admission prices remain the same as last year: $6.00 general admission, $4.00 senior citizen admission (age 62 and up), $5.00 late day admission (after 4 PM). Children under 42 inches tall are free.

Little Buffalo 9/4/2015 2:08:00 PM
The park office is now open on weekends through Sept. 7th. The hours are: Monday through Saturday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday - 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

Little Pine 7/20/2015 9:05:00 AM
The will be construction and detours on the following routes near Little Pine State Park: PA Route 287, 973, 184 and 15. This work and detour will take place near the intersection of PA route 287 and PA route 184. Park visitors will be able to access Sr 4001 from the North near English Center. Visitors coming from the south are encouraged to use PA route 44 to access Sr 4001 from Waterville.

Maurice K. Goddard 8/31/2015 10:04:00 AM
Boat Launch 4 will be temporarily closed from 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience. All other boat launches will remain open during this time frame.

Moraine 9/2/2015 10:41:00 AM
"ATTENTION: Bear Run Launch will be closed on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Park staff and search responders will be conducting a Search and Rescue Training. McDanel's Launch will also be used as a staging location for water responding teams."

Moraine 8/10/2015 3:34:00 PM
Be advised that Barkley and Burton Roads, located in the northeastern area of the park off of route 528, will experience intermittent closures over the coming weeks due to culvert installation and road maintenance. Closures will occur from approximately 8am to 3pm daily as work schedules and weather permits.

Moraine 11/10/2014 9:11:00 AM
For safety purposes, the Duck Pond Dam has been removed from Moraine State Park as of October, 2014 through cooperative efforts between DCNR, PA Game Commission and the American Waters.

Mt. Pisgah 7/31/2015 2:22:00 PM
Due to limited staffing, our swimming pool complex will be closed for the season beginning 7:00pm Friday, August 21, 2015. The swimming pool will not be open for the Labor Day weekend. All other park facilities will be operational as usual, from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. For more information, please contact the Park Office at 570-297-2734, Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm or by e-mail: mtpisgahsp@pa.gov

Neshaminy 8/4/2015 9:40:00 AM
The Neshaminy State Park Pool will be closed from August 31, 2015 to September 4, 2015 due to a shortage of certified lifeguards. The pool will be open again for Labor Day weekend, September 5, 6, and 7, 2015. For additional information please contact the park office.

Nockamixon 8/16/2015 9:45:00 AM
The swimming pool schedule for the rest of the year is as follows: August 17 - 21 CLOSED August 24 - 28 CLOSED August 31 - September 4 CLOSED August 22 & 23 OPEN August 29 & 30 OPEN September 5, 6 & 7 OPEN (Labor Day is the last day of the 2015 Season) The deep end of the pool will not be open (only lap swimming will be permitted in the deep end). There may be a capacity limit for the pool complex. The waterslides will NOT be operating. There will be frequent safety breaks where swimming is not permitted for a short time

Nockamixon 3/7/2012 9:58:00 AM
For the safety of all park users please keep dogs leashed and under physical contol while in the park. Also clean up after your pets.

Nockamixon 1/25/2012 10:06:00 AM
The pool will be open for the Memorial Day weekend and Holiday then closed through the first two weeks of June (will be open weekends). The pool will also be closed the last two weeks of August through Labor Day (will be open weekends and Labor Day).

Ohiopyle 6/10/2012 9:21:00 AM
The aquatic invasive plant species Didymo has now been confirmed in the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park. The discovery of Didymo has no immediate impact to the visitor experience on or along the Yough. Didymo is not considered a significant risk to human health. DCNR is working with PA DEP and PA Fish & Boat Commission to monitor and survey the Youghiogheny River. The park encourages all boaters, fisherman, and visitors to be vigilant during this time and aide in the mitigation of the spread of Didymo into other rivers and streams by properly washing all gear, equipment and watercraft used in the Yough. The Lower and Middle Yough are open for all recreational uses to include white water boating and fishing. For more information on Clean Your Gear: http://www.fishandboat.com/cleanyourgear.htm

Parker Dam 8/8/2015 4:02:00 PM
UPDATE: 8/8/2015 - Our campground rehab project is COMPLETE! The following sites have been upgraded to full hook-up and are now open for reservations via the website or the toll-free number (1-888-PA-PARKS). Pet sites: 39, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82; Non-Pet sites: 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 38, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47.

Penn-Roosevelt 9/30/2009 1:02:00 PM
Lake Draw Down - Due to the high volume of water seepage below the dam breast, action has been taken to lower the lake pool level. This action will decrease damage to the dam breast structure and permit the proper flow of water downstream. This lake condition will remain indefinitely or until funding is made available to repair the dam breast and bring the lake back to normal pool levels.

Pine Grove Furnace 7/31/2015 4:15:00 PM
DUE TO STAFFING ISSUES, FULLER LAKE WILL BE OPEN SWIM FROM TUESDAY AUGUST 18, 2015 UNTIL THE SWIMMING SEASON CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. LIFEGUARDS WILL RETURN TO FULLER LAKE IN 2016.

Poe Paddy 5/30/2015 10:03:00 AM
Construction on the former rail trestle bridge spanning Penns Creek at the Poe Paddy Tunnel began April 6. Tunnel construction is anticipated to last through Fall of 2015 requiring the trail section and tunnel to remain closed. Please contact Bald Eagle State Forest @ 570-922-3344 for project updates.

Poe Valley 5/30/2015 10:02:00 AM
Construction on the former rail trestle bridge spanning Penns Creek at the Poe Paddy Tunnel began April 6. Tunnel construction is anticipated to last through Fall of 2015 requiring the trail section and tunnel to remain closed. Please contact Bald Eagle State Forest @ 570-922-3344 for project updates.

Presque Isle 8/21/2015 9:22:00 AM
Until Labor Day, staffing levels will be reduced due to lifeguards returning to school and may require the closing of various beaches. These closings will be determined on a day-to-day basis. Swimming at Presque Isle State Park for the 2015 season will close following the Labor Day weekend. Please check the beach information signs located after entering the park for the latest beach information. The following beaches are scheduled to be open on Monday, August 24 through and including Friday, August 28: Beach 6 10AM until 7:30PM Beach 7 (Waterworks Beach) 10AM until 7:30PM Beach 8 (Pettinato Beach) 10AM until 7:30PM Beach 10 (Budny Beach) Noon until 7:30PM Beach 11 10AM until 7:30PM For further updates and/or beach information, please contact Lifeguard Headquarters, 814-833-0526

Prince Gallitzin 7/9/2015 2:05:00 PM
ATTENTION CAMPERS: Campsites #420-#427 will be closed as part of a campsite full service hookup rehabilitation project to six of the sites. Follow the posted alternate traffic route in the campground to go around the construction sites. Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., park staff will be working with machinery to complete the rehabilitation. Campers are encouraged to plan their trips accordingly. Once the sites are rehabilitated they will be made available for advanced reservations. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pymatuning 5/26/2015 1:55:00 PM
The signs are up stating that the Dam Road will be clsoed from 6/1/15 through 6/1/16. These are the dates that are required in the contract for the work on the dam. The dates may vary somewhat, and the road may not be closed exactly on the 1st, but you whould be prepared to use a different route starting as early as the 1st of June.

Pymatuning 5/13/2015 12:11:00 PM
The PA Game Commisssion's Wildlife Learning Center near the Spillway will be closed indefinately. It will reopen when a new building is constucted. (This building is sometimes reffered to as the Waterfowl Museum.) Restrooms are available at the nearby picnic area and at the Spillway.

Pymatuning 12/4/2014 2:53:00 PM
Did you like the new "full-hookup" sites in Jamestown campground this year? It seems like most people did, so we have added more for next year. This round is in the 200 pet loop. Sites J204, J206, J208, J211, J237, J239, J241, J244, J245, J246, J247, J249, J250 and J252 now have water and sewer hookups (they already had 20, 30 and 50 amp electric). Because of this addition in the pet loop, the 4 sites (J335, J336, J337, and J338) in the 300 loop that allowed pets will no longer be pet sites. Current reservations on those sites with pets may stay for this year, or they can move to the pet loop sites. However, from this point on, we will no longer permit pet reservations on those sites.

Raccoon Creek 7/7/2015 9:22:00 AM
The Beach is now open for swimming.

Raccoon Creek 8/31/2015 3:27:00 PM
Raccoon Creek State Park’s beach will close for the season on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at sunset. The food and boat concession will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. The food concession stand at the beach will be open Saturday and Sunday through September 20, 2015. The boat rental will be closed the weekend of September 12 and 13 and will be open on Saturday and Sunday through the rest of September and as weather permits after that. Please contact the park office for any additional information.

Raccoon Creek 8/24/2015 3:26:00 PM
Reminder: Early Canada Goose Season Hunting Permitted Beginning The Day After Labor Day

Raccoon Creek 8/24/2015 3:25:00 PM
Family Campground loops A, B, C and D will close for the season on September 13, 2015. Loops E and F will remain open through October 13, 2015. Rustic camping and modern cabins are available year round. Online reservations can be made at visitPAparks.com. Thank you for your cooperation.

Raccoon Creek 3/12/2015 2:44:00 PM
The trail bridge on Forest Trail that crosses Traverse Creek near the trailhead parking area on the main park road by the Route 30 entrance has been washed out. The detour will follow the park roads in the area.

Ralph Stover 8/30/2015 12:24:00 PM
White-water boating enthusiasts will again be converging on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek on November 7 & 8, 2015, when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek. DCNR officials remind boaters that this is technical whitewater with Class 3 and 4 rapids that require boating skills. Boaters should be aware of and abide by the safety code of the American Whitewater Affiliation. Boaters must wear appropriate personal flotation devices, take appropriate precautions to prevent hypothermia, and use only craft designed for this type of water. This popular event was cancelled in the fall of 2012 due to damage at Ralph Stover State Park from Hurricane Sandy, again in the fall of 2013 due to a mechanical failure at the dam control tower in Nockamixon State Park, and subsequently due to the replacement of the State Route 32 Bridge across the Tohickon Creek in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Although that bridge work is not complete, with the cooperation of PADOT and their contractor we will be able to have the release this fall. If there is not sufficient clearance at the temporary bridges for boaters to pass safely, boaters will exit at the Point Pleasant Community Park.

Ricketts Glen 9/9/2014 3:42:00 PM
Beginning this Spring 2015, A gradual complete drawdown of the 245-acre lake at Ricketts Glen State Park will be required to permit replacement of a deteriorating dam control tower. Construction will affect certain recreation opportunities involving the lake. The park campground, cabins and trails all will remain open.

Ridley Creek 9/1/2015 4:41:00 PM
Due to the number of white-tailed deer in Ridley Creek State Park and in an effort to increase the ecological diversity of the park archery deer hunting ONLY will be permitted in SOME posted park areas, September 19, 2015 through all established Pa Game Commission, WMU-5D deer seasons. Hunters are required to adhere to all PA GAME COMMISSION regulations as well as special instructions outlined by park management. Archery hunting information and a map of these areas may be obtained at the park office or by sending a written request to the park. Please be sure to include a self addressed postage paid envelope. In addition to archery hunting, management efforts will include two days of regulated shotgun hunting on December 3rd, & December 10th , 2015. These hunts will be for both antlered & antlerless deer by SPECIAL PERMIT ONLY. Applications must be submitted for your chance to participate in these two days of hunting. Applications are available during the month of September only. Applications may be obtained in the same manner as the archery hunting information. Successful applicants will be drawn via a lottery. 250 hunters will be selected to hunt each day. To ensure the safety of all park visitors, ALL of Ridley Creek State Park will be CLOSED during these two days to all other activities. During archery hunting the park will remain open. There is no archery hunting on Sundays, December 3rd & December 10th, 2015. For additional information please contact the park office.

Ryerson Station 5/26/2015 3:00:00 PM
Duke Lake at Ryerson Station State Park was drawn down on 7/28/05 due to concerns about the integrity of the impoundment. Boating is no longer available at the park. Trout fishing is available in the stream that runs though the park above the iron bridge and below the day-use park entrance. The park is still open for camping, hiking, and picnicking year-round. For additional information, please call the park at 724-428-4254.

Ryerson Station 5/22/2015 2:25:00 PM
Please be advised that due to construction activity in the park, the Maple Grove Day Use Area including the swimming pool and pavilions will be closed for the duration of the 2015 season. Additional picnic tables and grills have been moved to other areas of the park. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 724-428-4254. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Ryerson Station 5/5/2015 9:24:00 AM
Please be aware that due to upcoming park rehabilitation projects the reservation procedure will be altered. Pavilions reservations for 2015 are unavailable. Camping reservations are available through May 31, 2015. Please contact the park office at 724-428-4254, or review this alert again in June 2015 for campsite availability. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Ryerson Station 5/1/2015 12:32:00 PM
Please be advised that due to an ongoing project in the day use area of the park, the shower house will be closed and it will not be available until further notice. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 724-428-4254. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Shawnee 3/7/2015 10:55:00 AM
Shawnee Campground is currently undergoing a rehabilitation project. Loop B will be closed for the 2015 camping season. When it re-opens it will contain 14 new full hookup campsites. Loop E will also be closed for the 2015 season. When it re-opens it will contain several group/family camping areas that will have several campsites in close proximity so that friends and family may enjoy camping near each other.

Shikellamy 8/31/2015 1:10:00 PM
DOCK REMOVAL AND DEFLATION OF INFLATABLE DAM Park officials would like to remind the general public that the Shikellamy State Park marina season officially ends Sunday, October 4, 2015. All boats in the marina must be removed by that date. Park staff will begin removing the marina docks the week of October 5, 2015 to prepare for the annual deflation and inspection of the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam. All boaters and the general public are reminded the boat launch area will be closed during the removal process. Alternate launch sites are available at the Northumberland Point launch area and the Hanover Street launch. The dam will be deflated over a period of several days once the marina docks are removed and Lake Augusta will be lowered to winter levels.

Sinnemahoning 6/28/2015 10:31:00 AM
The Park Office And Wildlife Center hours from April 1st through October 31st, 2014 will be 8:00am-6:00pm, 7 days a week. For more information call the park office at: 814.647.8401.

Sinnemahoning 6/28/2015 10:30:00 AM
The upper reaches of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park will be dredged and the Brooks Run stream will be realigned in 2016. AT THIS TIME, DATES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED ON WHEN THIS WILL OCCUR. We will post updates on our advisory page and list the areas that will be impacted as more information becomes available.

Sizerville 8/23/2015 11:56:00 AM
Swimming Season Update: Sizerville pool will be closed weekdays starting August 25th due to lifeguards returning to school. The pool will remain open weekends and Labor Day. The pool will close for the season 9/7 at 7:00pm. As always, Sizerville pool is open weather permitting; if you are not sure, call the park office at 814-486-5605.

State Wide 7/24/2015 7:03:00 AM
Contrary to the information on Google, all Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons. Day use areas close at dusk.

Swatara 8/21/2015 9:51:00 AM
The Bear Hole Trail will be open Friday September 11 and Saturday September 12. Cars will enter from the Swopes Valley Trailhead and exit at the Waterville Bridge Parking Lot. The trail will be open from 9am-3pm, so come check out the new improvements and enjoy a leisurely drive through Swatara State Park. 2015 Tenative Dates: Sep 11/12 Sep 25/26 Oct 9/10 Oct 23/24 Nov 13/14 Dec 11/12

Trough Creek 2/5/2014 8:52:00 AM
NEW FOR 2015: Beginning in 2015, Trough Creek State Park will be expanding the number of pet friendly sites in the rustic campground. 4 new sites will be added to the 7 existing pet friendly sites bringing the total number of pet-friendly sites in the 29 site campground to 11. For more information about pets in overnight facilities check out the following links: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/staythenight/camping/index. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/staythenight/cabins/index.htm

Tyler 6/2/2015 9:38:00 AM
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, their commercial and general recreational use is not permitted in PA State Parks. Drones create a variety of safety, wildlife impacts and privacy issues. Therefore, they are prohibited in Tyler State Park and all other PA State Parks.

Tyler 7/19/2012 9:57:00 AM
If you will be using a navigation system (GPS) to find Tyler State Park, type in 101 Swamp Road, Newtown. If you just type Tyler State Park, you may be directed to the wrong side of the park which is off limits to vehicles.

Warriors Path 8/19/2015 7:39:00 PM
The Park Public Water system, including the water fountain and hydrant located near Pavilion #1, will be closed due to mechanical failure for the rest of the 2015 season, and will reopen in Spring of 2016. Pavilion #1 has been made non-reservable, but can still be used on a "first come-first served" basis.

Worlds End 8/22/2015 3:34:00 PM
When making reservations for facilities at Worlds End State Park through the Active Call Center or Active Website: Please confirm your information such as cabin or campsite; do you want Electric are you bringing a pet? Pets are only allowed on designated pet sites those sites are 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 37, 38, 39, and 40.