Statewide Park Advisories

12/22/2015 10:49:00 AM
Contrary to the information on Google, all Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Individual State Parks Updates

2/2/2016 10:17:00 AM
As part of the full hook-up campsite rehabilitation project the following sites are closed for the 2016 camping season: Sites 288-300. These sites will be reopened for reservations once the work has been completed. Thank you for your understanding during the campground improvement project.

Archbald Pothole 10/23/2015 11:27:00 AM
The Archbald Pothole will close for the season on Saturday November 21, 2015. It will reopen on April 8, 2016

Beltzville 9/26/2015 8:27:00 AM
For state park family camping accommodations within 1-hour travel from the Greater Philadelphia region, please visit the French Creek State Park website for overnight facility descriptions or to make reservations.

Beltzville 9/26/2015 8:26:00 AM
The Sawmill Trail is now open to the public.

Beltzville 9/14/2015 9:09:00 AM
The swimming beach is now closed for the season. It will re-open Memorial Day weekend 2016.

Bendigo 9/8/2015 8:19:00 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.

Boyd Big Tree Preserve 11/2/2015 2:43:00 PM
The water fountain near park restrooms has been turned off for the season.

Chapman 12/29/2015 1:23:00 PM
A large scale dam rehabilitation project is currently in the permitting phase for Chapman State Park. A planning meeting is expected to take place in the early 2016. The exact time frame of the project 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 the extent of the construction and related facility interruptions are unknown. Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will not be stocking Chapman Lake until the completion of the project. More information will be published as it becomes available.

Cherry Springs 12/3/2015 1:37:00 PM
Winter Astronomy at Cherry Springs State Park Winter observation of the night sky can be a rewarding experience; however poor planning and knowledge can make it challenging and hazardous. Minimal winter maintenance allows for limited access to parking and observation areas. A small restroom on the back edge of the Astronomy Field serves for both astronomers and snowmobilers. All activity shall be performed on the south side of Route 44. It is strongly recommended to let someone know where you are going, when you should return, and to maintain a cold weather survival kit. Astronomy Field regulations still apply; please review them prior to arrival. Please arrive well before dark for park familiarity.

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

Colton Point 11/19/2015 3:25:00 PM
PINE CREEK RAIL TRAIL CLOSING - MARSH CREEK ACCESS to TIADGHTON CAMPGROUND Beginning November 23, 2015 the Tioga State Forest will be removing hazard trees along Pine Creek Rail Trail from Marsh Creek Access to Tiadaghton Campground, to include the Rail Trail section within Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks. This section of the trail will be closed until the hazard trees have been removed. The contractor is expected to complete this project by May 31, 2016. For more information contact DCNR Bureau of Forestry Tioga State Forest at (570) 724-2868.

Colton Point 10/29/2015 3:55:00 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 third friday in April.***

Colton Point 10/29/2015 3:54:00 PM
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 10/22/2015 8:35:00 AM
Park Advisory: The PA Grand Canyon Marathon will take place the weekend of July 23th and 24th 2016. For more information go to http://www.pagrandcanyonmarathon.com/

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 1/19/2016 9:57:00 AM
Seneca Trail is closed for the winter due to dangerous, icy conditions. It will reopen in the spring.

Cook Forest 1/19/2016 9:53:00 AM
Toms Run Road, Forest Drive and the Fire Tower Road are all closed for the winter and will reopen in the spring.

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.

Delaware Canal 1/28/2016 5:40:00 PM
***WHITE WATER RELEASE UPDATE*** White-water boating enthusiasts will again be converging on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek on March 19 and 20, 2016, 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. Although the bridge replacement of Rt. 32 over the Tohickon Creek is not complete, with the cooperation of PADOT and their contractor we were able to have a very successful release this past November, and anticipate similar success this spring. ***IMPORTANT NOTE*** Launch permits ARE REQUIRED at this year’s release event for anyone wishing to launch out of Ralph Stover State Park, and officials will be enforcing this requirement. 7-day, one-year, and two-year launch permits areavailable for purchase at any PA state park office and will be sold at the event on-site. You may also purchase a launch permit from PA Fish and Boat Commission. Launch permits must be displayed on your boat (or on your person, for 7-day only). The only exception is for boats which display a valid state boat registration.

Delaware Canal 1/28/2016 5:13:00 PM
***NOCKAMIXON CLIFFS CLOSURE*** Beginning February 1, 2016, a portion of Nockamixon Cliffs Natural Area will be CLOSED TO ALL ACTIVITY until July 31 for the protection of an endangered species nesting area. The closed area will be posted with signs and patrolled by law enforcement. Failure to comply with posted closings could result in fines up to $5,000.

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 7/5/2015 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 1/5/2016 4:01:00 PM
Please be aware, Pinchot Park is actively removing trees. Pardon our mess while we work to cut down and remove dying trees that pose a safety hazard to our visitors. The primary reason for the large amount of dead trees is the “emerald ash borer”, an invasive insect that has been introduced to York County over the past few years. The hardwood forests of Gifford Pinchot State Park are partly comprised of ash trees, all of which are expected to become affected by the invasive beetle. As dead ash wood becomes unpredictably brittle, these trees present a serious hazard to our park visitors, a hazard we’ve made a priority to remove. Unfortunately, during this effort, you may encounter a number of cut trees and branches in targeted areas of the park, especially in the Quaker Race Day Use Area, but please know that we are putting forth our best effort to clean up these areas in time for the park’s busy season. For more information on the emerald ash borer, and the effect they’re having on the state’s forests, please visit the following link: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/eab/

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.

Hickory Run 2/5/2016 10:58:00 AM
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.

Joseph Ibberson Cons. Area 11/2/2015 2:42:00 PM
The water fountain near park restrooms has been turned off for the season.

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

Laurel Mountain 10/23/2015 12:12:00 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.

Laurel Mountain 10/23/2015 12:12:00 PM
Laurel Mountain State Park is currently under construction. The skiing area facilities and surrounding areas, including the roads, are considered closed and off limits to the public. For your safety, please observe signage and stay out of the construction zones on the mountain. This closure will remain in effect until completion of the project. Thank you.

Leonard Harrison 11/19/2015 3:21:00 PM
PINE CREEK RAIL TRAIL CLOSING - MARSH CREEK ACCESS to TIADGHTON CAMPGROUND Beginning November 23, 2015 the Tioga State Forest will be removing hazard trees along Pine Creek Rail Trail from Marsh Creek Access to Tiadaghton Campground, to include the Rail Trail section within Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks. This section of the trail will be closed until the hazard trees have been removed. The contractor is expected to complete this project by May 31, 2016. For more information contact DCNR Bureau of Forestry Tioga State Forest at (570) 724-2868.

Leonard Harrison 10/29/2015 3:53:00 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 third Friday in April.***

Leonard Harrison 10/29/2015 3:52:00 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.

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.

Linn Run 10/23/2015 12:13:00 PM
Laurel Mountain State Park is currently under construction. The skiing area facilities and surrounding areas, including the roads, are considered closed and off limits to the public. For your safety, please observe signage and stay out of the construction zones on the mountain. This closure will remain in effect until completion of the project. Thank you.

McConnells Mill 2/4/2016 9:54:00 AM
The roadway between Breakneck and Eckert Bridges has been closed for the season due to weather conditions. The roadway will remain closed until the weather conditions allow for safe vehicle traffic. Please use caution while recreating at McConnell's Mill State Park and near the Slippery Rock Creek.

McConnells Mill 10/27/2015 11:12:00 AM
The operation of unmanned aircraft, such as drones, is a prohibited activity at McConnells Mill State Park.

McConnells Mill 10/27/2015 11:09:00 AM
Large buses, limousines, RV's, and other extended vehicles should not attempt to travel on the one way section of McConnells Mill Road between the intersections of Kennedy Road and Johnson Road. Due to large boulders and tight turns many vehicles of these type have sustained damage or been stuck along this section in the past. These types of vehicles should park at the Kildoo Day Use Area and visitors can either walk to the Grist Mill from there or arrange for more suitable transportation. Parking at the Grist Mill is extremely limited regardless of vehicle type.

McConnells Mill 10/27/2015 11:02:00 AM
All weddings at McConnells Mill need to be preapproved by calling the Moraine Park Office at 724-368-8811. This is necessary to ensure there are no conflicts with other events or programs and to limit unnecessary stress on your special day.

Moraine 12/9/2015 12:38:00 PM
A person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak. Cold water shock is a major factor in boating fatalities when water temperatures are less than 70 degrees F. Cold water shock causes an involuntary gasp, hyperventilation, breathlessness and a reduced ability to control breathing and swim. A life jacket greatly increases your chance for survival in cold water. It also increases the amount of time for you to be rescued. When fishing from shore, be extra careful near rivers and streams. Ice may look thicker than it really is.

Neshaminy 11/5/2015 10:57:00 AM
The Neshaminy State Park Marina will be switching to its winter operating hours from November 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. During the winter season the marina is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. These operating hours include all fishing and boating activities.

Nockamixon 12/18/2015 3:36:00 PM
In preparation for the cold winter weather, all flush/modern restroom facilities have been closed and winterized for the season. The flush facilities will re-open in the spring after the threat of frost has ended. Until then, there are pit latrine (non-flush) facilities available at Tohickon Boat Launch and Fishing Pier access areas and these facilities will remain open year round. There is also a port-a-john available at the park office lot.

Nockamixon 12/18/2015 12:07:00 PM
****SEASONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL CLOSURE ALERT**** The mountain bike trail is now closed for the season. The "trail closed" signs are up and will remain in place until the trail is re-opened in the spring, weather dependent. As the main volunteer workers and stewards of the trail, the Ridenox Council thanks all riders in advance for respecting the trail closure. Even one person riding in wet, soft, or freeze/thaw conditions can severely damage or impact the trail with erosion damage, runoff, puddling, and trail widening issues. All of the work to repair and fix the trails can take hours to complete. These repairs are made by unpaid volunteers who work extremely hard to keep the trails in excellent shape for everyone to enjoy. Please keep this in mind when you see the closure signs and notices and thank you for your compliance. Check back in the spring for re-opening notices. To help sustain the trail tread, please do not ride the trails until they are posted as re-opened. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Ridenox on their website http://www.ridenox.com/ For current park conditions or updates, please check the park Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NockamixonStatePark/

Nockamixon 12/17/2015 10:13:00 AM
For current park conditions, updates, and alerts, please check our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NockamixonStatePark/

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 1/11/2016 2:44:00 PM
Oil Creek has multiple County owned roads within the park that are not maintained through the winter. These roads become extremely hazardous/impassable when covered in snow. Please call the park office for further direction.

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.

Point 11/5/2015 10:39:00 AM
The 2015 operating season for the Fountain at Point State Park will end at 11:00 pm on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (Veterans Day). The fountain system will be drained and winterized as a part of routine winter maintenance. Fountain operations will resume in Spring 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 412-565-2850.

Prince Gallitzin 10/30/2015 12:03:00 PM
Crooked Run Campground is closed for the 2015 camping season. Campers are reminded that reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance by logging onto web at www.visitpaparks.com or by phone at 1-888-PAPARKS(727-2757). Events and environmental education programs for 2016 can be found on the Prince Gallitzin State Park homepage by selecting the "Events" tab.

Pymatuning 1/28/2016 11:10:00 AM
Dam Road is currently closed due to contracted renovations to the dam and gatehouse. The road will be reopened at the completion of the project expected sometime late Fall 2016. Access to the Shenango River for fishing and boat launch as well as for sledding on the dam is possible via East Lake Road.

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.

Raccoon Creek 1/25/2016 3:21:00 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.

Ricketts Glen 1/3/2016 1:18:00 PM
As of Jan. 4, 2016, the Falls Trail is closed due to ice and hazardous conditions on the trail. Only properly equipped hikers and ice climbers will be allowed on the trail. Minimal equipment needed at this time includes ice crampons, ice axes, and rope. Everyone must sign in and out at the park office. If you are entering from the Rt. 118 area, you can call the office to sign in. Our number is 570-477-5675.

Ricketts Glen 1/3/2016 12:25:00 PM
Update: Jan 2, 2016, the Lake Jean water level is back to normal. Fish stocking is expected to occur in the Spring and Summer of 2016. Fishing will be catch and release.

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.

Sinnemahoning 1/13/2016 3:33:00 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 2016. It is anticipated that dredging will take place in mid summer with a 10 foot draw down that will impact 100 yards of shoreline between the parking lot and dam and the northern reaches of the lake between Lushbaugh Run and the mooring area. The boat launch, mooring and parking areas will be closed as well as the roadway from the lake to Goss Road. This area will be used as a staging area for dredge operations. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Call the park office at 814.647.8401 for more details or to be placed on our email listing for current updates.

State Wide 12/22/2015 10:49:00 AM
Contrary to the information on Google, all Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Susquehannock 9/29/2015 11:14:00 AM
An early routine inspection of the Norman Wood Bridge over the Susquehanna River uncovered an 8-foot-long crack on Monday 09/28/2015, prompting its immediate closure. "It's too early to say how long the bridge will remain closed," said Greg Penny, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. To cross the river, drivers will have to travel north to the Route 30 or 462 spans by Wrightsville or south to the Route 1 Conowingo Dam crossing in Maryland. The bridge, which carries Rt. 372, will remain closed to everyone, including the Amish that cross it with horses and buggies, and pedestrians.

Tyler 11/30/2015 9:02:00 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 11/30/2015 9:02:00 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.

Tyler 11/30/2015 9:00:00 AM
Effective November 9, 2015 the Mill Dam, 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 and Quarry Comfort Station will remain open for the winter and facilites are aviaible at the park office during regular business hours.

Tyler 11/30/2015 8:58:00 AM
QUARRY BATHROOM REHAB PROJECT Quarry Bathroom is now open year round after the installation of a new heating system and electricity. Renovations include: New Heating System, Electric, Updated Fixtures, New Flooring and Paint. Project also includes hazardous tree removal, landscaping, fix water drainage issues, entranceway improvement and new walkways. Renovation project will allow the Quarry Bathroom to be open year round. The Boathouse Comfort Station will also remain open and facilities are available at the park office during regular business hours.

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.

Yellow Creek 10/17/2015 1:45:00 PM
The Boat rental closed Labor Day and will re-open Memorial Day Weekend in 2016.