Statewide Park Advisories

2/20/2014 8:16:00 AM
Firewood Advisory: Invasive Beetles found in Firewood Threaten Forests! Before bringing firewood to a Pennsylvania State Park, please read the information in the linked page about a very real threat to forests in Pennsylvania and all of North America. Firewood Advisory

Individual State Parks Updates

Bendigo 8/19/2013 9:13:00 AM
The swimming pool is closed for the season. All other park facilities are operational as usual. Normal park hours are 8:00 a.m. to 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.

Canoe Creek 2/10/2012 12:53:00 PM
Bat Viewing - The well-known Frank Felbaum Bat Sanctuary at Canoe Creek State Park has been devastated by White Nose Syndrome. This site was once one of the largest nursery colonies of little brown bats in Pennsylvania. No longer do thousands of bats emerge in at dusk, but only a few hundred. Park staff will not be presenting evening bat count programs at the sanctuary for the foreseeable future. White Nose Syndrome is not known to be dangerous to humans. You can get more information about bats and WNS from the PA Game Commission. www.pgc.state.pa.us

Chapman 4/23/2014 1:47:00 PM
“Due to the severe weather this winter, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rescheduled its Mentored Youth Fishing Days from their originally planned date of Saturday, April 5 to Saturday, May 10. The commission plans to close all fishing on the mentored youth waters from noon Friday, May 9, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 to mentored Youth Day participants only until 7:30 p.m. The waters will reopen for all anglers at that time. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission web site www.GoneFishingPa.com ”

Chapman 1/7/2014 2:49:00 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 spring of 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 4/17/2014 3:49:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has decided to reschedule its Mentored Youth Fishing Days from their originally planned for Saturday, April 5 to Saturday, May 10. The lake will be closed to all fishermen from noon on May 9th and will reopen only for mentored youth day participants from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and anglers may keep two trout.

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

Colonel Denning 1/24/2014 9:12:00 AM
The park orienteering course is currently under construction. Thank you for your patience while volunteers improve the courses. The nearest course is located at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/kingsgap/index.htm

Colton Point 4/3/2014 2:07:00 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.*** UPDATE 04/03/2014: The Turkey Path will remain closed until 04/18/2014 due to significant ice hazards. The overlook trail at Leonard Harrison will open as scheduled but caution should be used.

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.

Cowans Gap 4/9/2014 5:00:00 PM
Cowans Gap Lake will be closed to all anglers from noon on May 9th until 8AM on May 10th. From 8AM-7:30PM on May 10th only anglers who are participating the Fish and Boat Commission’s Mentored Youth Fishing Day will permitted to fish in the lake. All other anglers will not be permitted to fish until 7:30PM on May 10th. The South Branch of the Little Aughwick will remain open on both days for anglers to fish. For more information please visit the Fish and Boat Commission's website http://www.fish.state.pa.us/MentoredYouth.htm

Cowans Gap 3/20/2014 1:09:00 PM
Due to prolonged winter conditions the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has postponed the Mentored Youth Fishing Day on April 5th. The new date for the Mentored Youth Fishing Day is May 10th. Please visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website for more information http://fishandboat.com/MentoredYouth.htm

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

Cowans Gap 4/24/2013 2:47:00 PM
The trailhead for the Horseshoe Trail has been relocated to the intersection of the Tuscarora Trail (Northbound) below the park dam. The section of the trail between Aughwick Road and the South Branch of the Little Aughwick Creek has been eliminated due to a lack of accessibility.

Delaware Canal 6/27/2013 1:32:00 PM
The Delaware Canal State Park trailhead, picnic area, and parking lot in Easton will be closed for the duration of flood repair work. It will be re-opened upon completion of the needed repairs.

Delaware Canal 6/27/2013 1:17:00 PM
Preparations are being made to conduct repair work to the canal, towpath, and associated structures from damages incurred by hurricanes Irene and Lee in 2011. To prepare for the construction, park officials de-watered the canal from the feeder gate in Easton, Northampton County through Center Bridge, Bucks County. The needed repairs span the canal and towpath from Easton to the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area in Center Bridge. The PA Fish and Boat Commission’s permitting process requires the canal to be de-watered between July 15 and October 1 due to the mating and nesting habits of the endangered red-bellied turtles. Portions of the Delaware Canal towpath may be closed or unsuitable to some recreation types. For more information on closures and hazardous trail conditions, please call the park office at (610) 982-5560.

Elk 8/8/2013 2:52:00 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 Monday, July 29, 2013. 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 4/9/2014 10:09:00 AM
Frances Slocum State Park Swimming Pool will be open weekends only from Memorial Day Weekend through June 08, 2014. The pool will begin daily operations for the season on June 9, 2014.

Frances Slocum 3/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
The potable water pump located in front of the park office has now been fixed and is usable. For more information, please contact the park office at 570-696-3525.

French Creek 1/13/2014 9:29:00 AM
We are currently renovating the C loop in the French Creek Family Campground. We will be adding new full hook up sites with sewer, water, and electric on the site. This project is expected to be completed early summer 2014. A, B,D loop will open as regularly scheduled however it will be noisy during weekday . Pet sites will be available in B loop . We are sorry for any inconvenience we hope that when this project is completed it will make the French Creek Campground a more safe and enjoyable place for recreational enthusiasts of all kinds. If you would like more information please contact the park office.

Gifford Pinchot 4/10/2014 12:22:00 PM
To ensure the safety of campers at 8:00 am on April 14, 2014 the campground road in front of bath house #5 and bath house #5 will be closed during the installation of the full hook-up sites for campsites 266-270. The road and bath house will be re-opened at the completion of the project.

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 3/3/2014 10:37:00 AM
Campsite Rehabilitation: Sites 278-280, 282-290, 339-343, 376-381 are now available from May 23 through September 1, 2014 but will be closed for reservations for the remainder of the 2014 and 2015 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.

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.

Keystone 1/22/2010 10:23:00 AM
The Contact Station located at the entrance to the overnight area will be closed indefinitely. If you have a paid reservation, please report directly to your site. If you need assistance, please report to the Park Office, located across from the beach.

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.

Kinzua Bridge 11/4/2013 2:38:00 PM
The park is open 8:00 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week. As part of normal seasonal operations the restrooms are closed, but there are portable toilets for use. Picnic facilities are available however, there is no potable water.

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 Ridge 12/13/2011 4:21:00 PM
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. Plans are in place to make the necessary improvements and repairs to Rt. 271 Shelter Area & 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 4/3/2014 2:06:00 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.*** UPDATE 04/03/2014: The Turkey Path will remain closed until 04/18/2014 due to significant ice hazards. The overlook trail will open as scheduled but caution should be used.

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 4/14/2014 9:40:00 AM
The PA Fish & Boat Commission has rescheduled the Youth Mentored Fishing Day to Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:00AM. Due to the associated trout stocking on Friday, May 9, 2014 Little Buffalo's Holman Lake will be CLOSED TO ALL FISHING from noon May 9th until 8:00AM May 10th. For more information or questions please call the park office at 717-567-9255.

Little Buffalo 4/3/2014 11:07:00 AM
2014 POOL INFORMATION: Daily rate $6, After 4 p.m. $5, Children under 42" tall are free. Only cash accepted at ticket booth. Group tickets & season passes must be purchased at the park office monday - friday,8am-4pm. Non-Swimmers must pay the daily rate to enter the pool facility enclosure. Pool Open May 24-26, May 31-June 1, June 7-August 17, August 30-Sept 1. Pool hours 11:00am-6:45pm weather & staff permitting. No coolers,food or drink inside the pool area. Food Concession on site. No refunds.

Little Buffalo 3/20/2014 3:46:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has RESCHEDULED MENTORED YOUTH FISHING DAY ON MAY 10, 2014, because most of the waters where the event will be held remain covered in ice and aren’t expected to completely thaw in time. To participate, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit or a voluntary youth fishing license. Both are available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.

Little Pine 4/23/2014 10:45:00 AM
Due to the severe weather this winter, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rescheduled its Mentored Youth Fishing Days from their originally planned date of Saturday, April 5 to Saturday, May 10. The commission plans to close all fishing on the mentored youth waters from noon Friday, May 9, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 to mentored Youth Day participants only until 7:30 p.m. The waters will reopen for all anglers at that time. For more information visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission web site www.GoneFishingPA.com

Little Pine 8/30/2013 9:10:00 AM
Travel advisory to Little Pine State Park from the Wellsboro Area for those campers utilizing Pa Route 287 South through English Center. There is a three (3) ton weight limit AND a 9 foot height limit for the bridge on PA Route 4001 over Little Pine Creek at English Center.

Locust Lake 4/3/2014 3:26:00 PM
Mentored Youth Fishing Day Rescheduled for May 10, 2014 Locust Lake State Park: The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rescheduled its Mentored Youth Fishing Days from their originally planned date of Saturday, March 22 to Saturday, May 10. The commission plans to close all fishing on the mentored youth waters from noon Friday, May 9, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 to mentored Youth Day participants only until 7:30 p.m. The waters will reopen for all anglers at that time. Please see park advisory for impacted areas.

Locust Lake 4/3/2014 3:03:00 PM
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY BURN BAN Effective April 4, 2014 – May 4, 2014 Open burning is defined as the ignition and subsequent burning of any combustible material (garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter involved with land clearing, or any sort of debris) out-of-doors in either a burn barrel (screened or unscreened) fire ring, or on the ground. The use of propane or gas stoves, charcoal briquette grills, or the use of tobacco in any form if not covered under this act. Campfires in campgrounds are allowed in fire rings that confine and contain the campfire, and where all flammable materials have been removed for radius of 5 feet.

Locust Lake 4/3/2014 2:55:00 PM
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY BURN BAN Effective April 4, 2014 – May 4, 2014 Open burning is defined as the ignition and subsequent burning of any combustible material (garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter involved with land clearing, or any sort of debris) out-of-doors in either a burn barrel (screened or unscreened) fire ring, or on the ground. The use of propane or gas stoves, charcoal briquette grills, or the use of tobacco in any form if not covered under this act. Campfires in campgrounds are allowed in fire rings that confine and contain the campfire, and where all flammable materials have been removed for radius of 5 feet.

Lyman Run 4/23/2014 10:08:00 AM
Due to the severe weather this winter, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rescheduled its Mentored Youth Fishing Days from their originally planned date of Saturday, April 5 to Saturday, May 10. The commission plans to close all fishing on the mentored youth waters from noon Friday, May 9, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 to mentored Youth Day participants only until 7:30 p.m. The waters will reopen for all anglers at that time. For more information visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission web site www.GoneFishingPa.com

McConnells Mill 3/10/2014 10:23:00 AM
Bridge Closed to Traffic-Work is being done to Armstrong Bridge and parking is very limited.

Mt. Pisgah 11/2/2013 9:03:00 AM
The swimming pool complex and boat rental concession are closed for the season.

Nescopeck 4/3/2014 11:33:00 AM
Due to the severe weather this winter, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rescheduled its Mentored Youth Fishing Days from their originally planned date of Saturday, April 5 to Saturday, May 10. The commission plans to close all fishing on the mentored youth waters from noon Friday, May 9, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 to mentored Youth Day participants only until 7:30 p.m. The waters will reopen for all anglers at that time. Please see park advisory for impacted areas.

Nockamixon 1/17/2014 3:50:00 PM
**UPDATE** - Dam valve repair and spring whitewater release: At this time, work is in progress to repair the bunger valve which is utilized during whitewater releases. The advisory will be updated as soon as the repairs are completed and the valve is operational. Please check back in the coming weeks for a status update regarding the spring whitewater release.

Nockamixon 8/7/2013 11:41:00 AM
Early goose hunting season will be open in the park beginning Tuesday September 3rd.

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 10/4/2013 12:17:00 PM
Please wear orange during hunting season within Oil Creek State Park, October 2013 to May 2014.

Oil Creek 7/28/2013 2:45:00 PM
The weight limit for the bridge on Petroleum Center Road by the Park Office has been decreased from 12 ton to 5 ton.

Parker Dam 4/23/2014 10:06:00 AM
Due to the severe weather this winter, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rescheduled its Mentored Youth Fishing Days from their originally planned date of Saturday, April 5 to Saturday, May 10. The commission plans to close all fishing on the mentored youth waters from noon Friday, May 9, and reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 to mentored Youth Day participants only until 7:30 p.m. The waters will reopen for all anglers at that time. For additional information visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission web site www.GoneFishingPa.com

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.

Poe Paddy 8/6/2013 4:53:00 PM
Poe Paddy Tunnel which is part of the Cherry Run Railroad bed and the Mid-State Trail is closed until further notice due to structural issues.

Poe Valley 8/6/2013 4:52:00 PM
Poe Paddy Tunnel which is part of the Cherry Run Railroad bed and the Mid-State Trail is closed until further notice due to structural issues.

Point 4/2/2014 3:40:00 PM
DCNR will resume operation of the fountain in Point State Park on Thursday, April 10 at noon. The fountain will run through the end of October, weather permitting.

Presque Isle 4/4/2014 1:34:00 PM
• Presque Isle State Park: The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission rescheduled its Mentored Youth Fishing Days from the originally planned date of Sat., Apr. 5 to Sat., May 10. Mentored youth waters close to all fishing from noon Fri., May 9, & reopen at 8 a.m. Sat., May 10 to mentored Youth Day anglers only until 7:30 p.m., when the waters reopen for all anglers. Please see park advisory for impacted areas. Please note that the pavilions & shelters are for day use rental only. There is no overnight camping in the park.

Prince Gallitzin 3/3/2014 3:25:00 PM
ATTENTION CAMPERS: Camping on Cherry, Beech, Maple, Hemlock & Spruce loops is available during the Spring & Fall on a first come first serve basis by using the honor system procedures displayed at the camp office. Reservations for these areas are only accepted mid-May to Labor Day. NEW FOR 2014-Hickory and Birch Loop will be available for reservations beginning on April 11th through all of the camping season.

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 12/4/2013 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.

Pymatuning 11/14/2013 9:02:00 AM
In the Jamestown Campground, selected sites in the 300 loop are currently un-reservable. These sites are being renovated and water and sewage hookups are being added. When a precise opening date is known, we will reopen the sites to reservations. Please call the park office if you have questions.

Raccoon Creek 4/9/2014 10:06:00 AM
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.

Ricketts Glen 4/18/2014 1:21:00 PM
As of April 18, the Falls Trail is now OPEN. Use extreme caution, some surfaces may be wet and slippery due to spring runoff.

Ricketts Glen 3/24/2014 1:32:00 PM
This 2014 season we will be constructing 5 Deluxe Cottages near the Big Loop in the family campground. Due to the construction you may experience additional traffic and noise near the campground area specifically sites 1-10. Construction will take place only on weekdays during the day. You can check for construction updates on the Parks Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RickettsGlenStateParkDCNR or by contacting the park directly for additional information. We thank you for your patience and are excited to be adding these overnight accommodations which should be available for the 2015 camping season.

Ryerson Station 10/21/2013 10:40:00 AM
ATTENTION CAMPERS: Please use caution when traveling East on Bristoria Road between the park office and the McNay Ridge Road. A road slip has occured in the eastbound lane, and while passable, the road is extremely bumpy in this area. Please use care when navigating through this area while pulling your camper trailers.

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.

Shikellamy 3/27/2014 9:50:00 AM
The 2014 operational plans for the inflatable dam and marina at Shikellamy State Park follow: These dates are based on favorable river conditions and are subject to change. Park staff intends to inspect the dam the week of April 21st, which may cause a slight increase in river levels immediately upstream from the dam and would be less than a day’s duration. A slow inflation of the dam will begin the week of April 28th. Please keep in mind this is a slow, gradual process over a two week period. If the inflation of the dam is completed as scheduled, installation of our marina and launch docks will begin on May 12th and should be completed and ready for our marina patrons to occupy by May 23rd. Our marina season will end on October 5th, docks will be removed starting on October 7th and the deflation of the dam will begin on October 13th. Please contact the park office if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to inquire on the current status or schedule.

Sinnemahoning 3/26/2014 9:15:00 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 3/17/2014 3:50:00 PM
The northern park road entrance from Route 872 to the Park Office/Wildlife Center will be closed for resurfacing from March 24th to May 19th, 2014. Visitors are encouraged to use Goss Road entrance from Rt 872 via 40 Maples picnic area during this temporary inconvenience.

State Wide 2/20/2014 8:16:00 AM
Firewood Advisory: Invasive Beetles found in Firewood Threaten Forests! Before bringing firewood to a Pennsylvania State Park, please read the information in the linked page about a very real threat to forests in Pennsylvania and all of North America. Firewood Advisory

Swatara 4/21/2014 8:06:00 AM
Bear Hole Trail will be open Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26. 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. 2014 Tenative Dates: Apr 25/26 May 9/10 June 13/14 July 11/12 Aug 8/9 Sept 12/13 Sept 26/27 Oct 10/11 Oct 24/25 Nov 14/15 Dec 12/13

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 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.

Whipple Dam 3/20/2014 11:22:00 AM
The mentored youth fishing day originally planned for April 5, 2014 at Whipple Lake has been rescheduled for MAY 10, 2014. For details please read the PA Fish & Boat Commission press release at: http://www.fish.state.pa.us/newsreleases/2014press/myfd-rescheduled.htm

Whipple Dam 7/9/2013 3:53:00 PM
Whipple Dam State Park's beach continues to operate under the "Open Swim" policy. Lifeguards are not on duty; however, the beach will continue to be patrolled by park staff. Swimming is permitted at the designated beach, within the buoy lines, from 8:00 am to sunset daily. Visitors are urged to be vigilant when their children are swimming. Please follow posted rules and regulations. Feel free to contact the Greenwood Furnace State Park office at (814) 667-1800 if you have any questions.

Whipple Dam 7/9/2013 3:51:00 PM
Boat Rental Concession: A new boat rental concessionaire will begin operations next year (2014), between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. Our apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused this season but look forward to this popular activity next season under new management.

Worlds End 2/19/2014 9:27:00 AM
It is winter in Sullivan County please be careful/mindful of changing road conditions. Some roads are joint use roads used for snowmobiles and vehicles so there is no plowing or cindering. Your vehicle may not be equipped to drive on these roads.