Statewide Park Advisories

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Individual State Parks Updates

9/3/2014 12:52:00 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.

Bendigo 7/31/2014 1:23:00 PM
Due to limited staffing, the swimming pool will be closed for the season beginning at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The pool will not be open for the Labor Day weekend. All other park facilities will be operational as usual from 8:00 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week. For more information please contact the Bendigo State Park Complex Office at: 814-965-2646, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by email at: bendigosp@pa.gov.

Chapman 12/11/2014 11:23:00 AM
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-July 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 11/24/2014 4:14:00 PM
The Astronomy Observation Field will not be available for use from 12:00 a.m. July 28th 2015 - 6:00 p.m. August 2nd 2015 due to the Cherry Springs Woodsmen Show.

Cherry Springs 11/24/2014 4:12:00 PM
Beginning November 17, 2014, the Cherry Springs Campground will be closed for the season. Note the astronomy field is open year round. Modern camping is available at Lyman Run State Park until December 15, 2014.

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

Colton Point 2/17/2015 10:17:00 AM
Please be advised, State Forest roads that access the park are not maintained during the winter months. These roads are multi-use and are open to snowmobile traffic. The main overlook is open but not maintained during the winter months; travel and access are at your own risk.

Colton Point 11/24/2014 3:09:00 PM
*** The Turkey Path and Overlook trails at Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park will be closed during the winter months from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the first weekend in April.***

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 3/4/2015 11:38:00 AM
Seneca trail is currently closed due to its steep gradient and hazardous snow and ice conditions.

Cowans Gap 12/30/2014 11:35:00 AM
Please be advised that the Campground, Cabins and Organized Group Tenting open on April 10, 2015. The Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season is April 18, 2015.

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 2/10/2015 1:19:00 PM
**WHITEWATER RELEASE UPDATE** - The spring whitewater release scheduled for March 21-22, 2015 has been cancelled due to the ongoing bridge replacement project of the Route 32 bridge at Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania. A water release at this time would both jeopardize the safety of the boating patrons and threaten to damage the construction site.

Delaware Canal 5/22/2014 8:24:00 AM
The towpath is closed from Virginia Forrest North to Lock 12 in Lumberville. The culvert that carries the Cuttalossa Creek under the Canal is in danger of collapsing. This structure has been on our list of priorities and is scheduled to be replaced in the next year.

Delaware Canal 5/22/2014 8:23:00 AM
In order to maintain the safety of state park visitors at Delaware Canal State Park a section of the towpath will need to be closed to visitors. A recent inspection revealed the deteriorated condition of the Cuttalossa Culvert that could put people at risk. The Cuttalossa culvert carries the Cuttalossa Creek under the Delaware Canal, the canal towpath and route 32 approximately mid-way along the 60 mile canal. This culvert is a large concrete box culvert that’s over 80’ long located just South of the Delaware Quarries in Lumberville and a little more than 1 mile North of the Virginia Forest Recreation Area. The towpath North and South of the site will still remain open and a project is funded for fiscal year 2014; bids will be solicited early in 2015. The project is estimated to cost $1,000,000. Until this work can be completed the towpath will be closed to ensure the safety of the visiting public.

Denton Hill 12/4/2014 3:49:00 PM
The previous operator cancelled their lease agreement with Denton Hill State Park in November 2014. DCNR is currently starting the required competitive bid process for a new operator. This process will take approximately 6 months. Therefore Denton Hill State Park/Ski Denton will not be operating for the 2014-2015 ski 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 10/8/2014 1:32:00 PM
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 Wednesday, July 30, 2014. 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

Gifford Pinchot 11/24/2014 2:04:00 PM
Patrons to our day use areas need to be advised that the Family Assist restroom at the Quaker Race and Conewago Day Use Area and Boat Mooring Area #1 will be available to park visitors. The pavilion restrooms will remain locked unless pavilion is reserved.

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 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.

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

Keystone 10/20/2014 9:23:00 AM
The Lakeside Loop will be unavailable for reservations due to an anticipated paving project from May 26 to June 19, 2015 and from August 17 to October 17, 2015. Once the project dates have been finalized, some dates will be released for reservations. Please check back for additional availability.

Kinzua Bridge 8/28/2014 9:18:00 AM
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. 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.

Kinzua Bridge 3/19/2014 11:32:00 AM
The ground breaking for the new Kinzua Bridge Visitor’s Center is scheduled to be underway in the summer of 2014. Visitors should anticipate that the construction project will limit access to some of the facilities at the park during this period. Access to the skywalk will be maintained whenever possible during the construction project; however individuals should contact the park office for information on the accessibility of the skywalk before their visit to the park.

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 4/21/2014 9:38:00 AM
SWIMMING POOL CLOSED FOR 2014 SEASON- The Swimming pool will be closed during the 2014 season do to a construction project to replace the pool facility. The pool project is expected to open sometime during the 2015 season.

Laurel Mountain 11/20/2014 3:19:00 PM
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 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 11/24/2014 3:17:00 PM
*** The Turkey Path and Overlook trails at Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park will be closed during the winter months from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the first weekend in April.***

Leonard Harrison 11/24/2014 3:16:00 PM
The Leonard Harrison State Park Visitor Center is closed for the season. The overlook is open but not maintained during the winter months; travel and access are at your own risk. The Turkey Path and Overlook trails are closed.

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.

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 8/13/2014 2:28:00 PM
Due to limited staffing, our swimming pool complex will be closed for the season beginning at 7:00 pm, Sunday, August 17, 2014. The pool complex 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 Mt. Pisgah State Park Office at 570-297-2734, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, or by e-mail at mtpisgahsp@pa.gov

Neshaminy 2/24/2015 11:56:00 AM
PA - DELAWARE RIVER – NESHAMINY CREEK THE US COAST GUARD IS CONDUCTING A TRAINING EXERCISE AT THE MOUTH OF THE NESHAMINY CREEK IN CROYDON, PA ON MARCH 31 2015 FROM 8 AM UNTIL 4 PM. APPROXIMATELY 3000 FEET OF FLOATING BOOM WILL BE DEPLOYED FROM THE SHORE. AT TIMES DURING THE EXERCISE THE CREEK MAY BE CLOSED FOR VESSEL TRAFFIC. SEVERAL WORK VESSELS WILL BE IN THE VICINTY OF THE EXERCISE AND CAN BE REACHED ON CHANNEL 13 AND 16 VHF. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THE AREA.

Nockamixon 2/11/2015 11:30:00 AM
Ongoing bridge construction again requires cancellation of a white-water release planned for mid-March from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek. Replacement work continues on the Route 32 bridge spanning the Tohickon Creek at Point Pleasant. A water release at this time could jepardize safety of boaters and threaten damage to the construction site. When conditions permit, DCNR remains committed to providing the two-day, biannual event. For more information, contact Delaware Canal State Park at 610-982-5560.

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

Oil Creek 1/7/2015 9:37:00 AM
Russell Corners and Miller Farm roads within Oil Creek State Park have no winter maintenance. Visitors are encouraged to not travel these roads if snow and ice are present. Please call the park office with any questions.

Oil Creek 5/8/2014 10:48:00 AM
Please wear orange during hunting season within Oil Creek State Park.

Oil Creek 5/8/2014 10:46:00 AM
Vehicles with a height of over 11 feet will no longer be able to cross Petroleum Centre bridge by the park office. Penn Dot has placed “Headache” bars on both sides of the bridge to prevent overweight vehicles from crossing. The weight limit of the bridge remains at five ton. Please call the park office if alternative routes are needed.

Parker Dam 12/30/2014 1:26:00 PM
ATTENTION CAMPERS: Campsites 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37-40, 42-47, & 72-84 will be closed from October 20, 2014 through the 2015 season as part of a campsite rehabilitation project. Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 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.

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.

Prince Gallitzin 2/28/2014 2:04:00 PM
ATTENTION CAMPERS: REVISION FROM ADVISORY POSTED 12-13-2013: Campsites 364, 367, 371, 407, 408, 410-417, 419-437, and Deluxe Cottage #5 will be closed from April 12th-May 21st and from September 2nd-October 27th and through the beginning of the 2015 camping season as part of a campsite rehabilitation project. 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 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.

Pymatuning 12/4/2013 8:54:00 AM
Snowmobiles Prohibited on Dam. Due to concerns with possible turf damage and erosion issues, snowmobiles will not be permitted to run on the slope of the dam. Signs are psoted in the area.

Ralph Stover 2/10/2015 1:20:00 PM
**WHITEWATER RELEASE UPDATE** - The spring whitewater release scheduled for March 21-22, 2015 has been cancelled due to the ongoing bridge replacement project of the Route 32 bridge at Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania. A water release at this time would both jeopardize the safety of the boating patrons and threaten to damage the construction site.

Ricketts Glen 11/16/2014 11:31:00 AM
As of November 15, 2014 the Falls Trail is closed due to ice and snow on the trail to all except: ice climbers and experienced hikers with the proper equipment. Minimal equipment must include crampons, ice axe, and rope. Everyone must register at the Lake Jean maintenance buildings or the park office. If you are entering from the Rt. 118 area you may call the park office to register. 570-477-5675. The trail will remain closed until spring, usually mid-April.

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.

Ryerson Station 1/15/2015 11:42:00 AM
Please be aware that due to upcoming park rehabilitation projects the reservation procedure will be altered. Pavilions reservations with arrivals after July 4, 2014 may be made through the park office two days prior to the arrival. 2015 advanced campsite reservations will not be available. Please contact the park office at 724-428-4254, or review this alert again in 2015 for campsite availability. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Ryerson Station 12/10/2014 2:58:00 PM
NOTICE: The ice skating rink will be unavailable this winter due to a construction project in the day use area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Ryerson Station 8/11/2014 5:10:00 PM
ATTENTION CAMPERS: Please use caution while traveling East on Bristoria Road with your camper trailers. There is an extremely rough section of road where a road slip has been repaired approximately 1 mile from the park office.

Ryerson Station 8/17/2011 1:56:00 PM
Duke Lake at Ryerson Station State Park was drawn down on 7/28/05 due to concerns about the dam. As a result there is currently no lake, no boating and only limited trout fishing available at the park until the concerns can be addressed and the lake refilled. The limited trout fishing areas are in the stream above what once was the lake near the iron bridge, and below the breached dam. The park is still open for camping, hiking, and picniking year-round and when in season, the swimming pool is open. For additional information please call the park at 724-428-4254.

Sinnemahoning 12/3/2014 3:19:00 PM
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 2015. 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.

Swatara 2/17/2015 11:48:00 AM
The Bear Hole Trail will be open Friday March 13, and Saturday March 14. 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: Mar 13/14 Mar 27/28 Apr 10/11 Apr 24/25 May 8/9 Jun 12/13 Jul 10/11 Aug 14/15 Sep 11/12 Sep 25/26 Oct 9/10 Oct 23/24 Nov 13/14 Dec 11/12

Tobyhanna 10/20/2014 10:52:00 AM
Limited Rustic Camping is available near the Organized Group Tenting area. Reservations are not available. Inquire at park office for further information

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 11/12/2014 8:53:00 AM
Effective November 10, 2014 the Mill Dam, Quarry, Hickory Nut, Boardwalk and Maze Comfort Stations are winterized and will be closed until spring. This also means the water fountains on the east side of the park are closed for the season. The Boathouse Comfort Station will remain open for the winter and facilites are aviaible at the park office during regular business hours.

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.

White Clay Creek Preserve 1/29/2015 11:55:00 AM
The restroom at the park office is closed for repair and repainting. There are no restroom facilities available in the preserve.