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Individual State Parks Updates

5/13/2015 3:19:00 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.

Bald Eagle 5/29/2015 12:05:00 PM
Travelers using Route 150 to access Bald Eagle State Park's main park area are advised that there is an ongoing paving project on 150 today, 5/29/15 and tomorrow, 5/30/15. Expect delays!

Beltzville 4/24/2015 2:25:00 PM
Saw Mill Trail is closed due to hazardous trail conditions caused by errosion.

Chapman 4/1/2015 1:00:00 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 mid-September 2015, although the exact time frame is not currently known. This project will ensure the continued safe operation of the dam, and although it may create some temporary interruptions of services at the Park, it will be a benefit for many years to come. At this juncture of the design phase, the extent of the construction and related facility interruptions are unknown. More information will be supplied as planning moves forward and more information is available. You may contact the Park Office at 814.723.0250 Monday- Friday from 8-4 with questions or for updated information.

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

Cherry Springs 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

Codorus 3/23/2015 8:57:00 AM
2015 POOL INFORMATION: POOL PRICES: PA Resident (PA Driver’s License required) Daily rate $7, After 4 p.m. $4. Non-PA Resident Daily rate $12, After 4 p.m. $8. Non-Swimmers must pay the daily rate to enter the pool facility. Children under 42" tall FREE. No Group Rates. Only cash accepted at ticket booth. Season passes may be purchased at the Park Office Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m. NO REFUNDS POOL OPEN: May 23-25, May 30-31, June 6 thru August 16, August 22-23, August 29-30, September 5-7. POOL HOURS OF OPERATION: 11:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m. weather & staff permitting. Food Concession on Site. No coolers, food or drink inside the fenced in pool area. Buses must pre-register by calling the Park Office 717-637-2816.

Colton Point 7/12/2013 11:54:00 AM
The presence of an invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” has been detected in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. please read the information in the linked page about didymo and how best to prevent its spread in Pine Creek and into other streams. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/news/DCNR_20027828.pdf.

Cowans Gap 4/27/2015 10:44:00 AM
Firewood will no longer be supplied to Cabin occupants. Firewood is sold onsite during the spring and fall at the Campground Host Site in Campground Area A. From Memorial Day to Labor Day firewood is sold at the Food Concession.

Cowans Gap 1/20/2014 2:51:00 PM
NEW FOR 2015: Beginning in 2015, Cowans Gap State Park will be expanding their pet friendly overnight facilities to the following areas. Cabins A and B will be dog friendly in addition to Cabin C. Also, Campground Area B will be pet friendly in addition to sites 1-30 in Area A. For more information about pets in overnight facilities check out the following links: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/staythenight/camping/index. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/staythenight/cabins/index.htm

Delaware Canal 4/13/2015 3:45:00 PM
A cuvert under the Canal and towpath has collapsed making the towpath unsafe. The towpath is closed 2 miles north of the Park Office in Upper Black Eddy. This location is 1.5 miles south of the Indian Rock Inn and 5 miles south of the Durham Parking lot.

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

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

Denton Hill 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.

Denton Hill 3/11/2015 10:32:00 AM
The previous operator cancelled their lease agreement with Denton Hill State Park in November 2014. DCNR is currently starting the required competitive bid process for a new operator. This process will take approximately 6 months. Therefore Denton Hill State Park/Ski Denton will not be operating for the 2014-2015 ski season. 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. 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 5/13/2015 3:07:00 PM
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 2015 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 5/30/2015 10:07:00 AM
Frances Slocum State Park Swimming Pool will be open weekends only from Memorial Day Weekend through June 06, 2015. The pool will begin daily operations for the season on June 8, 2015.

Frances Slocum 5/29/2015 12:16:00 PM
Water has been restored to the park.

Gifford Pinchot 8/16/2011 4:10:00 PM
Additional information to direct you to the campground or beach is listed below. Campground address for MapQuest: 800 East Camping Area Road, Wellsville, PA 17365 Campground GPS coordinates: DD: 40.05835 N 76.91024 W DMS: 40* 3' 30.1" N 76* 54' 4.5" W Beach GPS coordinates: DD: 40.07301 N 76.89534 W DMS: 40* 4" 22.8" N 76* 53' 43.2 W

Hickory Run 10/17/2011 2:13:00 PM
Due to an active black bear population, the park is requiring all visitors to take certain precautions while exploring the park or staying in the campgrounds. Bear are generally not dangerous to people if they are left alone, however, as with all wild animals their behavior is unpredictable. All visitors, especially overnight guests, shall abide by the following: NEVER approach a bear to pet, feed, or photograph it. ALL food and scented items must be stored in locked vehicles. If a bear approaches you, NEVER throw food or other objects; they can act as an attractant rather than a deterrent. Do not run from a bear; stay together as a group, clap your hands and shout loudly while backing away slowly.

Hillman 3/24/2015 3:11:00 PM
REMINDER: It is unlawful to ride a bicycle, horse or any other vehicle on Hillman State Park before 1 p.m. from Saturday, April 11th 2015 to Saturday, May 16th 2015 and it is closed all day from Monday, May 18th to Saturday, May 30th, except on Sundays due to Spring Gobbler Season. Please reference Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations Hillman State Park is known as State Game Lands 432

Hyner Run 3/13/2015 8:11:00 AM
A road closure will begin Monday, March 16 on a section of Hyner Run Road (Route 1014) and a detour will be in place. The road will be closed between the intersection of Hyner Run State Park and Pat’s Ridge Road. The closure is necessary so that DCNR-directed tree removal work can take place. The tree removal work is expected to last until mid-May. PennDOT’s official detour is lengthy and will direct motorists to use Routes 44, 144, and 120. The detour will take drivers through parts of Clinton, Lycoming, and Potter counties. Motorists familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes.

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

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

Kooser 5/28/2012 10:48:00 AM
The swimming area at Kooser State Park is closed indefinitely. The reason for the closure is excessive sediment deposition and algae. The beach area will remain open. The park is working to improve the conditions in Kooser Lake and the watershed. We will keep you posted of any developments. Please visit the swimming area at nearby Laurel Hill State Park.

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

Laurel Mountain 5/6/2015 10:14:00 AM
Ski facilities at Laurel Mountain will remain closed during the 2014-15 ski season as DCNR and the concessionaire actively work to design repairs and upgrades to infrastructure at the facility. The public is welcome to use areas of the park that are appropriate for walking, hiking and other forms of passive recreation.

Laurel Ridge 9/4/2014 7:51:00 AM
Effective, December 1, 2014, the King Road Trailhead Parking Area for the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail will be closed. To better serve our visitors, the Ferncliff Parking Area at Ohiopyle State Park will be the "new" overnight parking location. Please contact the Park Office directly with any questions you might have. 814-445-7725

Laurel Ridge 7/11/2014 10:49:00 AM
IMPORTANT - Recently, many of the hand pumps along the LHHT have been restored. However, they are posted as non-potable, not for human consumption. These include pumps at the following locations: Bidwell/Ohiopyle Shelter Area, Rt. 653 Shelter Area, Grindle Ridge Shelter Area, Rt. 31 Shelter Area, Turnpike Shelter Area, Rt.30 Shelter Area, Rt. 271 Parking Area, Rt. 271 Shelter Area, and Decker Avenue Shelter Area. We continue to provide treated water sources at the Rt. 653 Parking Area, Laurel Ridge Maintenance Area and at mile marker 26 along the trail (Seven Springs). Please call the park office at 724-455-3744 with any questions.

Leonard Harrison 7/12/2013 11:53:00 AM
The presence of an invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” has been detected in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. please read the information in the linked page about didymo and how best to prevent its spread in Pine Creek and into other streams. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/news/DCNR_20027828.pdf.

Little Buffalo 5/26/2015 9:03:00 AM
Weather Adds to Delay of Swimmingng Pool Opening at Little Buffalo State Park Newport, PA – The Little Buffalo State Park swimming pool will be opening for the 2015 season in mid-June. Although park officials had planned to open the pool on June 6, weather has delayed the contractor’s work on the project. Originally, the pool was scheduled to open over the Memorial Day weekend, however installation of a new pool liner and associated maintenance have delayed the opening. At this time, the park and contractors hope to have the work done early next week. Once the liner is installed water can be added and the park staff will have to adjust chemicals and ensure the pool is then ready for use by the public. The pool will remain open through the season, closing on Sept. 7. Daily pool hours are posted at the park; hours are dependent on weather conditions and staffing. Pool admission prices remain the same as last year: $6.00 general admission, $4.00 senior citizen admission (age 62 and up), $4.00 late day admission (after 4 PM). Children under 42” tall are always free.

Moraine 11/10/2014 9:11:00 AM
For safety purposes, the Duck Pond Dam has been removed from Moraine State Park as of October, 2014 through cooperative efforts between DCNR, PA Game Commission and the American Waters.

Mt. Pisgah 5/9/2015 9:53:00 AM
Our swimming pool will open 11:00am to 7:00pm for the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25, weather permitting. Due to limited staffing, we will be open weekends only until Saturday, June 6, when we begin to be open daily. Please contact the Park Office at 570-297-2734 for more information.

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.

Parker Dam 12/30/2014 1:26:00 PM
ATTENTION CAMPERS: Campsites 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37-40, 42-47, & 72-84 will be closed from October 20, 2014 through the 2015 season as part of a campsite rehabilitation project. Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, park staff will be working with machinery to complete the rehabilitation. Campers are encouraged to plan their trips accordingly. Once the sites are rehabilitated they will be made available for advanced reservations. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Penn-Roosevelt 9/30/2009 1:02:00 PM
Lake Draw Down - Due to the high volume of water seepage below the dam breast, action has been taken to lower the lake pool level. This action will decrease damage to the dam breast structure and permit the proper flow of water downstream. This lake condition will remain indefinitely or until funding is made available to repair the dam breast and bring the lake back to normal pool levels.

Poe Paddy 5/30/2015 10:03:00 AM
Construction on the former rail trestle bridge spanning Penns Creek at the Poe Paddy Tunnel began April 6. Tunnel construction is anticipated to last through Fall of 2015 requiring the trail section and tunnel to remain closed. Please contact Bald Eagle State Forest @ 570-922-3344 for project updates.

Poe Valley 5/30/2015 10:02:00 AM
Construction on the former rail trestle bridge spanning Penns Creek at the Poe Paddy Tunnel began April 6. Tunnel construction is anticipated to last through Fall of 2015 requiring the trail section and tunnel to remain closed. Please contact Bald Eagle State Forest @ 570-922-3344 for project updates.

Prince Gallitzin 5/21/2015 1:12:00 PM
ATTENTION CAMPERS: Campsites 364, 367, 371, 407, 408, 410-417, 419-437, and Deluxe Cottage #5 will be closed through the beginning of the 2015 camping season as part of a campsite full service hookup rehabilitation project. Follow the posted alternate traffic route in the campground to go around the construction sites. 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 5/26/2015 1:55:00 PM
The signs are up stating that the Dam Road will be clsoed from 6/1/15 through 6/1/16. These are the dates that are required in the contract for the work on the dam. The dates may vary somewhat, and the road may not be closed exactly on the 1st, but you whould be prepared to use a different route starting as early as the 1st of June.

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.

Pymatuning 12/4/2014 2:53:00 PM
Did you like the new "full-hookup" sites in Jamestown campground this year? It seems like most people did, so we have added more for next year. This round is in the 200 pet loop. Sites J204, J206, J208, J211, J237, J239, J241, J244, J245, J246, J247, J249, J250 and J252 now have water and sewer hookups (they already had 20, 30 and 50 amp electric). Because of this addition in the pet loop, the 4 sites (J335, J336, J337, and J338) in the 300 loop that allowed pets will no longer be pet sites. Current reservations on those sites with pets may stay for this year, or they can move to the pet loop sites. However, from this point on, we will no longer permit pet reservations on those sites.

Raccoon Creek 5/18/2015 4:00:00 PM
Raccoon Creek State Park Beach area is open for swimming for the 2015 season.

Raccoon Creek 3/12/2015 2:44:00 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.

Reeds Gap 5/25/2015 9:29:00 AM
Bridge construction on Honey Creek Road is slated to begin June 3, 2015. All visitors who will be traveling eastbound into the park (coming from 322) should use the Miroy exit off of 322 and follow the signs to the park. Access from Reedsville will be limited due to the construction which is anticipated to last through the end of August.

Ricketts Glen 4/17/2015 11:45:00 AM
4/17/2014. The Falls Trail is now open.

Ricketts Glen 9/9/2014 3:42:00 PM
Beginning this Spring 2015, A gradual complete drawdown of the 245-acre lake at Ricketts Glen State Park will be required to permit replacement of a deteriorating dam control tower. Construction will affect certain recreation opportunities involving the lake. The park campground, cabins and trails all will remain open.

Ryerson Station 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.

Shawnee 3/7/2015 10:55:00 AM
Shawnee Campground is currently undergoing a rehabilitation project. Loop B will be closed for the 2015 camping season. When it re-opens it will contain 14 new full hookup campsites. Loop E will also be closed for the 2015 season. When it re-opens it will contain several group/family camping areas that will have several campsites in close proximity so that friends and family may enjoy camping near each other.

Sinnemahoning 12/3/2014 3:19:00 PM
The upper reaches of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park will be dredged and the Brooks Run stream will be realigned in 2015. AT THIS TIME, DATES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED ON WHEN THIS WILL OCCUR. We will post updates on our advisory page and list the areas that will be impacted as more information becomes available.

Swatara 5/15/2015 9:27:00 AM
The Bear Hole Trail will be open Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13. Cars will enter from the Swopes Valley Trailhead and exit at the Waterville Bridge Parking Lot. The trail will be open from 9am-3pm, so come check out the new improvements and enjoy a leisurely drive through Swatara State Park. 2015 Tenative Dates: Jun 12/13 Jul 10/11 Aug 14/15 Sep 11/12 Sep 25/26 Oct 9/10 Oct 23/24 Nov 13/14 Dec 11/12

Swatara 4/30/2015 3:11:00 PM
Trail maintenance is being done on the Rail Trail between the Waterville Bridge and the Inwood Bridge during the month of May.

Swatara 4/30/2015 3:08:00 PM
Trail maintenance is being done on the Rail Trail between the Waterville Bridge and the Inwood Bridge during the month of May.

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.

Yellow Creek 5/8/2015 11:07:00 AM
There is no running water or flushable toilets in our day use area. This includes our pavilions. There is no dishwashing sink or washer in our shower house at our overnight facilities area, until this issue is resolved. THIS WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.