Statewide Park Advisories

4/6/2016 7:03:00 AM
Contrary to the information on Google, 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

9/2/2016 1:03:00 PM
The swimming area is about a quarter mile from the parking lot so be prepared to walk that distance with your belongings. There isn't any parking or driving to/dropping off at the beach. There are no picnic facilities at Locust Lake. Picnicking is available at Tuscarora State Park approximately 6 miles from Locust lake.

8/27/2016 9:42:00 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 8th. Boats that can be launched by hand will still have access to the water. The U.S. Army Corp 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 Kinzua Bridge State Park Office at:814-778-5467 or by e-mail at kinzuabridgesp@pa.gov

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.

Beltzville 11/2/2016 1:15:00 PM
Preacher's Camp Boat Launch at Beltzville State Park is closed due to low water levels. Pine Run Boat Launch is still open, however the dock is currently not usable. If water levels continue to drop Pine Run will also be closed, so please call first. Beltzville State Park Office: 610-377-0045, open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also go on http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=01449790 to see current levels. Launches will re-open when water levels are acceptable.

Boyd Big Tree Preserve 10/28/2016 9:51:00 AM
The water to the drinking fountain near the restroom has been turned off for the winter.

Chapman 10/24/2016 10:32:00 AM
Chapman State Park has learned of significant delays in the large scale dam rehabilitation project managed by the Department of General Services (DGS). No dates of the project are unknown until DGS initiates the bidding process. We will share any information as soon as it becomes available to us. These construction improvements, while certainly a short term inconvenience to our visitors, will improve the quality of the fishery, boating, and lake access for years to come. For up-to-date information on the project as it progresses, check our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ChapmanStatePark

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

Clear Creek 8/31/2016 3:41:00 PM
The beach is closed to swimming until May 27, 2017.

Clear Creek 8/31/2016 3:39:00 PM
Clear Creek beach closed from August 31, 2016 until May 27, 2017.

Colonel Denning 9/26/2016 11:20:00 AM
Colonel Denning State Park is actively working to repair the dam control tower. Stop logs will begin to be installed this week and the lake will gradually be refilled. Full pool level is expected to be reached by late Fall, but is weather dependent. Thank you for your patience.

Colonel Denning 8/29/2016 2:21:00 PM
As part of the park improvements project the following facilities are closed for the 2017 season: The campground and the dressing stockade. The campground will be reopened for reservations once the work has been completed. Thank you for your understanding during the park improvement project.

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 8/30/2016 8:07:00 AM
Cowans Gap will be participating in the Smoke Free Beach Program beginning in 2016. Smoking is prohibited on the sand portion of the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use this beach, two designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes or other handheld, lighted smoking devices. The goal of this program is to improve the air quality for park visitors at and around the beach swimming area, in addition to reducing the amount of cigarette litter in this particular area

Delaware Canal 9/30/2016 11:01:00 AM
***CANAL DRAWDOWN NOTICE*** Beginning September 26, 2016, the park will begin a drawdown of water levels in the canal in order to conduct several repair and preventative maintenance projects. Raubsville area, Solebury Township, Bowman's Hill, Lock 5 in Yardley, and Airport Road in Bristol Twp will be the areas focused on for repairs. Due to the drawdown and already low water levels in the southern half of the canal, large stretches of the canal will have low water levels until work is completed. Sections of the canal from New Hope south are dependent on higher river levels for re-watering and may take longer to refill. Drawdown of the canal must take place before October 1st due to regulations established by the PA Fish & Boat Commission to protect the imperiled eastern redbelly turtle. During the drawdown, park staff will be on site removing and relocating any fish, turtles, or other species of concern to a safe location should they become stranded in a section of the canal with low water. If you have any questions, please contact the park office.

Denton Hill 7/11/2016 4:44:00 PM
Denton Hill State Park is closed for downhill skiing. DCNR has recently completed a feasibility study that provides a comprehensive evaluation of the facility looking at downhill skiing and other year-round activities at the park. 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 2016 season. If you have any questions about Denton Hill State Park in general or would like to use the park for a special event, please contact the Lyman Run State Park office at 814-435-5010.

Gifford Pinchot 5/13/2016 9:58:00 AM
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, but please know that we are putting forth our best effort to clean up these areas and plant new trees to replenish the park's diverse tree populations. For more information on the emerald ash borer, and the effect it's 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 10/28/2016 9:52:00 AM
The water to the drinking fountain near the restroom has been turned off for the winter.

Kinzua Bridge 9/14/2016 11:20:00 AM
When searching online for driving directions to Kinzua Bridge, be sure to use "Kinzua Bridge State Park" not just "Kinzua Bridge."

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.

Laurel Ridge 10/18/2016 3:20:00 PM
Attention hikers traveling between mile marker 26 and 27 on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: A portion of the LHHT has been RE-ROUTED in this section in an effort to maintain the rugged characteristic of the trail and improve the visitor experience. Hiking from the SOUTH, the new trail skirts the development at 7 Springs just north of the Pritts Distillery Road crossing, winding through a wooded hill side, eventually bringing the hiker out at the top of 7 Springs ski slopes, near the Gunnar ski lift. New trail marker posts have been installed. Hiking from the NORTH across the ski slopes, the trail now continues along a tree line, just below Lake Tahoe, following new trail marker posts through to the top of the slopes and enters the woods again just beyond the Gunnar ski lift.

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 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 9/13/2016 12:18:00 PM
Due to a bridge replacement project, Route 381 is closed in Rector. Please follow the posted detour to reach Linn Run State Park via Route 711.

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.

Little Buffalo 6/13/2016 2:39:00 PM
The lake drawdown has been postponed until 2017. Starting on September 1, 2017 the lake will be drawn down as much as 10 feet below the normal pool through January 31, 2018 to facilitate repairs to the dam. Fishing and boating will still be permitted, however, boating access will be severely limited and both boat launches may be unavailable.

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 5/6/2016 8:35:00 AM
The fishing pier at the Bear Run Launch Area on the South Shore is currently closed for rehabiliation. Access is restricted until repairs are completed due to the walking surface and railings being removed.

Mt. Pisgah 8/4/2016 2:24:00 PM
Mt. Pisgah State Park's swimming pool will close for the season on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Nescopeck 9/2/2016 1:29:00 PM
Lake Frances road is closed to all vehicles. An alternate method to getting to Nescopeck State Park is to follow State Route 437 South until you see the sign for Nescopeck State Park. Make a Right onto Honey Hole Road and follow for about 2.5 miles and you will see the entrance to the park on your left.

Neshaminy 8/29/2016 8:34:00 AM
Archery hunting for deer will be allowed at Neshaminy State Park BY PERMIT ONLY from Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Friday, November 25, 2016 and from Saturday, December 31, 2016 to Friday, Januray 27, 2017. All Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Please visit www.pgc.state.pa.us for archery hunting rules and regulations. Please contact the park office for additional information.

Nockamixon 6/15/2016 8:17:00 AM
Work is scheduled to begin later in the summer and fall of 2016 on a timber salvage harvest within Nockamixon State Park consisting of many dead and dying ash trees affected or soon to be affected by an emerald ash borer infestation. A timber salvage sale is being used to remove ash and hazardous trees for the safety of park visitors within picnic areas and high use areas as well as from an area on the south side of the park. The salvage harvest effort will entail retention of all other healthy, hardwood tree species in the area. Once removal is complete, re-planting plans will be implemented.

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 9/26/2016 12:45:00 PM
Please wear orange during hunting season within Oil Creek State Park. For seasons, please check the PAGC website.

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 8/24/2016 11:24:00 AM
Ironworker's Organized Group tenting area campsite C will have periodic construction occurring until 6/1/2017. Please contact the park office at 717-486-7174 for more details

Prouty Place 4/16/2016 1:14:00 PM
Camping is permitted at Prouty Place State Park for no more than 7 days with approval from the Park Manager. A letter of authorization must be executed between the sponsor and the Park Manager; an administrative fee of $25.00 to cover the costs associated with the processing of the letter and $25.00 camping fee, for a total of $50.00 is due upon signing. Please call the Lyman Run Park Office at 814-435-5010 for more information and to obtain a letter of authorization.

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 5/3/2016 3:30:00 PM
The large Glens Parking area adjacent to Route 118 will be closed for reconstruction after July 4th holiday 2016, and will remain closed for the season. Park Visitor hiking the Falls Trail will need to park at the Lake Jean access area of the Park, follow Route 487 North.

Ricketts Glen 5/3/2016 3:25:00 PM
Ricketts Glen will be paving most Roadways in the park this summer season, except the campground loops. Roadways will remain open, but delays may occur. Paving will be restricted to weekdays.

Ricketts Glen 3/12/2016 8:38:00 AM
As of March 12, 2016, the Falls Trail is open. Please use caution.

Ridley Creek 7/10/2016 8:10:00 AM
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 17, 2016 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 1st, & December 8th , 2016. 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 starting August 1, 2016. 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 1st & December 8th, 2016. 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.

Sinnemahoning 3/1/2016 4:21:00 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. Beginning May 1, 2016, the water level will be drawn down by 10 feet. This drawdown will impact the boat launch area, plus 100 yards of shoreline between the parking lot and dam and the northern reaches of the lake between Lushbaugh Run and the mooring area. It is anticipated that dredging will begin late-spring to early-summer and continue throughout the winter season. Once dredging operations begin, the area of impact, including the boat launch, mooring, eagle watch and parking areas will be closed to the public. Boating and fishing will not be permitted in the designated construction area. The roadway will also be closed from the Lake Day Use Area entrance to Goss Road and 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 and to be put on our email listing for current updates.

State Wide 4/6/2016 7:03:00 AM
Contrary to the information on Google, 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.

Swatara 4/9/2016 2:37:00 PM
DRIVE THRU-Bear Hole Trail 9am-3pm April 8-9, April 22-23 May 13-14 June 10-11 July 8-9 August 12-13 September 9-10, September 23-24 October 14-15, October 28-29 November 11-12 December 9-10

Trough Creek 10/25/2016 4:20:00 PM
A construction project on Trough Creek Drive within the park is scheduled to begin in mid-August. The section of roadway reaching from the park office at its intersection with Little Valley Road to the Copperas Rock Bridge over Great Trough Creek will have delays to vehicular traffic Mondays through Thursdays, beginning August 14, 2017 through Thursday, November 16, 2017. Road detours to the back part of the park may be utilized at that time. The campground will remain open from these dates during construction. This construction will cause some delays in traffic during the daylight hours Monday through Thursday. For more information, please contact the Trough Creek State Park Office at 814-658-3847.

Tyler 3/14/2016 8:53:00 AM
Work is scheduled to begin later in the summer and fall of 2016 on a timber salvage harvest within Tyler State Park consisting of many dead and dying ash trees affected or soon to be affected by an emerald ash borer infestation. A timber salvage sale is being used to remove ash and hazardous trees for the safety of park visitors within picnic areas and high use areas as well as from an area on the south side of the park near Fisherman’s Lot. The salvage harvest effort will entail retention of all other healthy, hardwood tree species in the area. Once removal is complete, re-planting plans will be implemented.

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.

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 9/8/2016 8:51:00 AM
The boat rental and the swimming beach at Yellow Creek State Park are closed for the 2016 season. Both will re-open on Memorial Day weekend 2017!