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

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.

Black Moshannon 8/31/2014 1:31:00 PM
ATTENTION TRAIL USERS: 9/2/2014 T0 10/31/2014 FIREWOOD CUTTING WILL BE TAKING PLACE BY PERMIT ON THE SNOWMOBILE TRAIL. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVIENENCE.

Blue Knob 8/24/2014 8:16:00 AM
Due to lifeguards returning to school the Schaffer Homestead Pool will be closed Monday through Friday, Aug 25 to Aug 29. We will reopen for the Labor Day weekend and be open from 11 am to 7 pm Sat, Sun, and Mon. We will close for the season on Sept 2nd.

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 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 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 8/29/2014 8:23:00 AM
The designated swimming area will be closed for the season beginning Friday, September 5th due the impending lake drawdown that will take place on September 8th.

Cowans Gap 5/1/2014 10:16:00 AM
Cowans Gap Lake will be drawn down approximately 4’ to conduct shoreline maintenance from September 8, 2014 – October 31, 2014. Both boat launches will be closed. Fishing will be permitted but will be limited to shoreline only. The designated swimming area will also be closed.

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 8/19/2014 2:22:00 PM
FALL WHITEWATER RELEASE - The dates for the upcoming whitewater release from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek south to Ralph Stover State Park are November 1-2, 2014. Due to the bridge construction at Point Pleasant, boaters are instructed to use caution and portage around or take out at the Point Pleasant Community Park and prior to 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.

Elk 7/30/2014 3:12:00 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

Elk 4/30/2014 9:47:00 AM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat launch and the Instanter Boat Launch are now open and accessible for both motorized and non-motorized vessels for the 2014 boating season. All vessels launched on the Clarion River East Branch Dam are required to have a valid DCNR Launch Permit or PA Fish and Boat Commission registration.

Frances Slocum 5/5/2014 11:10:00 AM
The park is upgrading the sewer system. There will be ongoing construction throughout the park starting Monday May 5, 2014. The construction will be done mainly Monday thru Thursday and will continue throughout the course of the summer.

French Creek 8/8/2014 9:52:00 AM
A and C loop along with the cottages and yurts will be closed after labor day 2014 to finish renovating C loop in the French Creek Family Campground. This project is expected to be completed early 2015.Other loops will be open however it will be noisy during weekday . Pet sites will be available in B loop until the project is complete. All 2015 pet reservations will need to be in C 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 9/15/2014 10:53:00 AM
Boat rentals are available weekends only at the Quaker Race Day Use Area through the 2nd weekend in October. Hours of operation: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm unless otherwise posted.

Gifford Pinchot 8/20/2014 9:59:00 AM
Gifford Pinchot State Park will be closing the beaches for the season at dusk on September 14, 2014.

Gifford Pinchot 6/24/2014 2:41:00 PM
The Yurts' occupancy are being revised for the 2015 camping season. At this time reservations for the 2015 season cannot be made for the Yurts. They are scheduled to be available for reservations for the 2015 camping season in late October 2014 and will accommodate up to 5 people.

Gifford Pinchot 6/24/2014 2:35:00 PM
To ensure the safety of campers, 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. Please follow posted detours.Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during the campground improvements.

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 8/28/2014 11:24:00 AM
Campsite Rehabilitation: Sites 278-290, 339-341, 376-381 will be closed for reservations for the remainder of the 2014 and 2015 season as part of a campsite rehabilitation project beginning September 2nd, 2014. 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.

Kettle Creek 8/29/2014 4:14:00 PM
Access to the park from Route 144 on LR4001, Kettle Creek Road, will be closed from September 2 through the end of October, plus or minus, for a bridge repair. Access to the park will be from Westport on Route 120. Also - the week of September 15, PADOT will be tar and chipping, and doing mill work on that same road, from Westport to Trout Run. Parts of the road may be one lane during that work. Please contact the park office at 570-923-6004 to check on status.

Kettle Creek 5/23/2014 8:24:00 AM
Flaming Foliage weekend for 2014 in Renovo PA is October 10, 11, 12.

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 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 4/30/2014 9:39:00 AM
The park is open 8:00 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week. There is no potable water available at the park.

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 Hill 9/2/2014 10:29:00 AM
The Swimming Area at Laurel Hill State Park is closed for the 2014 season. The beach area remains open for lakeside recreation. Come out and experience the recently completed Copper Kettle Trail. This 1-mile trail provides scenic vistas while you take a leisurely stroll or bike ride next to Laurel Hill Lake. Call the Park Office (814-445-7725) for more information about this great addition to our trail system Thanks to our park staff, Friends of Laurel Hill, and the Pennsylvania Park & Forest Foundation for supporting this effort. Also, special thanks to Schrock's Concession Stand and Hazelbaker's Boat Rentals for a great summer. We appreciate the quality services they provide for our visitors during our summer season.

Laurel Ridge 9/15/2014 12:26:00 PM
Note to LHHT hikers parking at Ohiopyle: there is an additional lot available for your use located at the rear of the Ferncliff parking area. This is a gated lot and permits are required. There is room for 12 cars on a first come, first served basis. Parking is at your own risk. 12-night maximum. Visitors MUST contact the Ohiopyle State Park office at 724-329-8591 to check availability and gain access; Laurel Ridge has no control over this lot. The existing trailhead lot off King Road will remain open.

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 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 Pine 9/17/2014 10:05:00 AM
The beach is closed for the season.

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.

Moraine 9/4/2014 2:02:00 PM
The Pleasant Valley Swimming Area on the South Shore has been closed for the season as of Sept. 2, 2014. The construction project that delayed the opening this season will resume and be completed. The restroom nearest the playground will remain open through the fall. Lakeview Swimming Area on the North Shore is currently open. Lakeview will remain open after Labor Day until September 28, depending on weather.

Moraine 8/8/2014 9:55:00 AM
The Food and Refreshment Concession Stands at both Lakeview and Pleasant Valley Beaches will not be open this season. We are currently meeting with interested parties in order to fill the concessions for the 2015 season. Anyone interested should call the park office at 724-368-8811.

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 9/11/2014 12:25:00 PM
River Walk Trail will be closed between Beaver Lane and the steps along River Walk Trail. The closure will begin on September 8, 2014 and is expected to last until the end of September 2014. Work will be taking place to improve the trail, enhance the tidal wetlands along the Neshaminy Creek, and to stabilize the stream bank along the trail.

Neshaminy 8/25/2014 8:15:00 AM
Archery hunting for deer will be allowed at Neshaminy State Park BY PERMIT ONLY from Saturday, October 4, 2014 to Saturday, November 15, 2014 and from Saturday, December 27, 2014 to Saturday, Januray 24, 2015. 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 9/4/2014 12:55:00 PM
As we get ready for the change in seasons, please be advised that SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE SEASON is now open at Nockamixon State Park and will continue through Thursday, September 25, 2014. Only areas normally open to hunting are open for this season. Please be safe and aware of your surroundings. Wear orange to be seen and pick up a map at the Park Office so you know of these areas as you venture through the park. If you have any questions, please contact us at (215) 529-7300.

Nockamixon 8/20/2014 10:27:00 AM
PLANNED FALL WHITEWATER RELEASE - The dates for the upcoming whitewater release from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek south to Ralph Stover State Park are November 1-2, 2014. Due to the bridge construction at Point Pleasant, boaters are instructed to use caution and portage around or take out at the Point Pleasant Community Park and prior to the construction site. Please check back for updates.

Nockamixon 8/11/2014 11:30:00 AM
September goose will open Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and continue through Thursday, September 25, 2014. The September Canada Goose Season bag limits are 8 daily, 24 in possession. Only areas normally open to hunting are open for the September Canada Goose Season.

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 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.

Ole Bull 8/29/2014 4:19:00 PM
State route 144 from north of Germania to Carter Camp will be closed for paving beginning September 2 through mid October. A detour will have drivers taking Route 44 South off of Route 6 at Sweden Valley. There will also be construction on parts of Route 44 from Carter Camp to Sweden Valley and around Oleona, so drivers should expect delays along the detour route. Please contact the park office for updates or with questions - 814-435-5000.

Parker Dam 9/16/2014 1:19:00 PM
Parker Dam State Park's beach is now closed for the season.

Penn-Roosevelt 7/21/2014 2:52:00 PM
On July 21st the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that a mosquito sample collected on July 15th in Penn Roosevelt State Park has tested positive for West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is a disease that resides in bird populations and can be transmitted to humans through the bite of a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird. In most cases symptoms are mild and resemble the flu, but in people with weakened immune systems, serious neurological problems can result. Park visitors are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites, such as wearing long pants and long sleeved clothing and using insect repellants. These steps should be observed until a hard frost occurs in the autumn. For more information, contact the Centre County West Nile Virus program at the Centre County Planning & Community Development Office at (814) 355-6791, or visit the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus web site at www.westnile.state.pa.us

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.

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 6/6/2014 2:42:00 PM
East Lake Road between the Logo Winery and East State Road will be closed starting June 9, 2014 to replace the bridge. Please plan on taking alternate routes around this area. This should not effect traveling to and from the park, but it will effect the north and south movement within the park. Suggested detours are available at the Park Office.

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.

Raccoon Creek 9/5/2014 3:59:00 PM
Family Campground loops A, B, C and D will close for the season on September 8, 2014. Loops E and F will remain open through October 13, 2014. Rustic camping and modern cabins are available year round. Online reservations can be made at visitPAparks.com. Thank you for your cooperation.

Raccoon Creek 8/19/2014 12:11:00 PM
Raccoon Creek State Park’s beach will close for the season on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at sunset. The food concession stand at the beach will close on Monday, September 1, 2014 for the season. The boat rental will be open daily until September 1, 2014, and then on weekends through mid-October. Please contact the park office for any additional information.

Raccoon Creek 7/11/2014 1:45:00 PM
Reminder: Early Canada Goose Season Hunting Permitted Beginning The Day After Labor Day

Raccoon Creek 6/12/2014 11:02:00 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.

Ralph Stover 8/19/2014 2:23:00 PM
FALL WHITEWATER RELEASE - The dates for the upcoming whitewater release from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek south to Ralph Stover State Park are November 1-2, 2014. Due to the bridge construction at Point Pleasant, boaters are instructed to use caution and portage around or take out at the Point Pleasant Community Park and prior to the construction site.

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.

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.

Ridley Creek 8/11/2014 2:23:00 PM
Due to the number of white-tailed deer in Ridley Creek State Park and in an effort to increase the ecological diversity of the park archery deer hunting ONLY will be permitted in SOME posted park areas, September 20, 2014 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 4th, & December 11th , 2014. These hunts will be for both antlered & antlerless deer by SPECIAL PERMIT ONLY. Applications must be submitted for your chance to participate in these two days of hunting. Applications are available during the month of September only. Applications may be obtained in the same manner as the archery hunting information. Successful applicants will be drawn via a lottery. 250 hunters will be selected to hunt each day. To ensure the safety of all park visitors, ALL of Ridley Creek State Park will be CLOSED during these two days to all other activities. During archery hunting the park will remain open. There is no archery hunting on Sundays, December 4th & December 11th, 2014. For additional information please contact the park office.

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 7/4/2014 11:43:00 AM
The swimming pool hours are currently 11AM-7PM with the pool being closed on Wednesdays, and Thursdays while we attempt to hire additional lifeguarding staff.

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 8/29/2014 9:40:00 AM
DOCK REMOVAL AND DEFLATION OF INFLATABLE DAM Park officials would like to remind the general public that the Shikellamy State Park marina season officially ends Sunday, October 5, 2014. All boats in the marina must be removed by that date. Park staff will begin removing the marina docks the week of October 6, 2014 to prepare for the annual deflation and inspection of the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam. All boaters and the general public are reminded the boat launch area will be closed during the removal process. Alternate launch sites are available at the Northumberland Point launch area and the Hanover Street launch. The dam will be deflated over a period of several days once the marina docks are removed and Lake Augusta will be lowered to winter levels.

Sinnemahoning 5/22/2014 9:37:00 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 5/22/2014 9:34:00 AM
Noxious Weed Mile A Minute Found in Cameron and Potter Counties. Mile a minute (polygonum perfoliatum) is a PA regulated Noxious Weed and although common in the Southeastern part of the State it has not reached the Northern counties until now. Mile a minute has been discovered in Cameron and Potter Counties in the area of Sinnemahonning State Park. A collaborative control program is being implemented by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other state and local stakeholders to determine the extent of the infestation. Help us limit the spread of mile a minute. Please follow the link to read more about the infestation and how you can help. weed_alert_pdf.pdf

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 9/15/2014 2:49:00 PM
Bear Hole Trail will be open Friday, September 26th and Saturday September 27th. 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: Sept 26/27 Oct 10/11 Oct 24/25 Nov 14/15 Dec 12/13

Trough Creek 7/11/2014 11:08:00 AM
A new Restroom facility is being installed in the campground and will be open for the 2015 season. Starting on October 6, 2014, the current restroom facility will be closed. Portable toilet facilities will be in place starting on that date and will remain in place until the end of the 2014 camping season.

Trough Creek 7/11/2014 11:06:00 AM
Electrical work to prepare for new restroom installation will require sites # 12-29 to be de-powered and non-reservable from Monday, October 6 through Friday, October 10, 2014.

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 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.

Yellow Creek 9/9/2014 10:43:00 AM
ATTENTION COTTAGE/YURT renters, due to staff shortages, we will not be able to offer our fall special boating accommodations.

Yellow Creek 9/9/2014 10:39:00 AM
We will be closed for the season for swimming starting September 22, 2014.

Yellow Creek 9/3/2014 9:30:00 AM
The Boat rental closed Labor Day and will re-open Memorial Day Weekend in 2015.

Yellow Creek 5/9/2014 4:06:00 PM
Due to the condition of our beach house building, we will be closing it this season. In the meantime, we have renovated our lifeguard building into a restroom/changing area to accommodate our needs at present. There will also be portable toilets to aid in our restroom facility capabilities. OUR BEACH/SWIMMING AREA WILL REMAIN OPEN. Your cooperation during this time is much appreciated.