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

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 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.

Chapman 3/30/2016 3:58:00 PM
Chapman State Park learned of significant delays in the planning stages of the large scale dam rehabilitation project. The Bureau of State Parks and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission worked quickly to address the disparity of an unstocked lake during an otherwise uninterrupted trout season. We are happy to announce Chapman Lake has now been stocked with 1,200 Brook Trout and will be open and available for the regular trout season. For dates and regulations, please visit fishandboat.com At this time, the large scale dam rehabilitation project is expected to begin after Labor Day of 2016. Exact dates are unknown until the Department of General Services finalizes the project scope and completes the bidding process. We will share more 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 3/21/2016 12:50:00 PM
State Route 44 from Carter Camp to Cherry Springs will be closed from 3/28/16 through mid June 2016. This will affect folks traveling Rt. 44 from the South to Cherry Springs State Park. Travel to Cherry Springs on Rt. 44 will require a detour at Carter Camp via Rt 144 north to Galeton, to West Branch Road.

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 4/12/2016 3:17:00 PM
The Turkey Path at Colton Point State Park will be closed through Labor Day 2016 due to a landslide during the winter.

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 2/23/2016 9:54:00 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 and immediately litter in this particular area

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.

Frances Slocum 5/4/2016 3:24:00 PM
Frances Slocum State Park Swimming Pool will be open weekends only from Memorial Day Weekend through June 11, 2016. The pool will begin daily operations for the season on June 13, 2016.

Frances Slocum 4/13/2016 8:42:00 AM
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.

Frances Slocum 4/13/2016 8:41:00 AM
The Campground Playground is currently under construction and will not be able to be used until construction is complete. Please use the playground near the swimming pool at this time.

Gifford Pinchot 4/20/2016 2:27:00 PM
Boat rentals are available weekends only beginning Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Quaker Race Day Use Area. Beginning the Memorial Day holiday weekend, normal operating hours will begin. Hours of operation: (Unless otherwise posted) Weekdays at Quaker Race Day Use Area: 10:00am to 8:00pm. Weekends and Holidays at both The Quaker Race and Conewago Day Use Area: 9:00am to 8:00pm. For information on pricing and availability, or customer complaints, please call (717) 215-6723.

Gifford Pinchot 4/6/2016 10:42:00 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, 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.

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
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 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 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 2/22/2016 3:45:00 PM
Starting on September 1, 2016 the lake will be drawn down as much as 10 feet below the normal pool through January 31, 2017 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.

Little Buffalo 2/22/2016 3:44:00 PM
Construction of the new shower house is under way in the campground. The campground will remain open throughout the construction period. The current shower house will remain open until the new one is ready. Please be aware that there may be construction noise and equipment present especially between the hours of 7:00 am through 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Locust Lake 5/2/2016 2:00:00 PM
County Burn Ban: Effective April 22, 2016 until May 22, 2016 Open burning is defined as the ignition and subsequent burning of any combustible material (garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter involved with land clearing, or any sort of debris) out-of-doors in either a burn barrel (screened or unscreened) fire ring, or on the ground. The use of propane or gas stoves, charcoal briquette grills, or the use of tobacco in any form if not covered under this act. Campfires in campgrounds are allowed in fire rings that confine and contain the campfire, and where all flammable materials have been removed for radius of 5 feet. FIRE MUST BE ATTENDED AT ALL TIMES AND EXTINGUISHED WHEN DONE.

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 5/3/2016 8:50:00 AM
ATTENTION HUNTERS: On Saturday, May 14th, the Glacier Ridge Ultramarathon will be held at Moraine State Park. Five Hundred racers will be running the trails at various times from 5 am to 9 pm. The race will cover from McDanel's boat launch to Swamp Run Road Area along the North Country Trail. Trails being used will be clearly marked in blue.

Mt. Pisgah 5/2/2016 3:55:00 PM
Our swimming pool will open Saturday, May 28th, Sunday, May 29th & Monday, May 30th from 11:00am to 7:00pm for the Memorial Day weekend. We will close Tuesday through Friday and then re-open for the 2016 season on Saturday, June 4 from 11:00am to 7:00pm daily, weather permitting. For more information, please contact the Park Office at 570-297-2734.

Nockamixon 4/18/2016 9:04:00 AM
Tohickon Launch Area will be closed until approximatley May 21st for Road Construction.

Nockamixon 3/11/2016 12:02:00 PM
**CONSTRUCTION ALERT** A large scale paving project will begin at the park on 03/14/2016 and will likely continue through the fall. Multiple road and parking lot areas around the park will be paved or resurfaced in sections. Any full or partial site closures will be posted in advance. We will post alerts about the areas that will be affected as we receive schedule updates from the contractor. We will only be providing estimates for closures, as there are many variables to the paving process and we cannot provide definite completion dates. Check back for details, as we will be updating often.

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

Ole Bull 3/21/2016 10:55:00 AM
State Route 44 from Carter Camp to Cherry Springs will be closed from 3/28/16 through mid June 2016. This will affect folks traveling to Cherry Springs State Park from Ole Bull. Access to Cherry Springs from Ole Bull will be via Rt 144 north to Galeton, to West Branch Road. Directions will be available at the Ole Bull office. Access to Ole Bull from Coudersport and points west on Route 6 will be continuing on Route 6 to Galeton and heading south on Route 144. Contact park office for more information - 814-435-5000.

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.

Prince Gallitzin 3/3/2016 3:23:00 PM
Beginning the week of March 14 up to Memorial Day weekend, culvert replacement and road/parking area paving will be taking place on Buck Road leading to Muskrat Beach Areas #1, 2, and #3. Between 7am-5pm Mondays through Fridays, visitors can expect traffic delays when accessing this area and also temporary closures to particular parking areas while construction takes place. Visitors are also reminded to drive slowly and to watch for slow moving construction equipment.

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 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 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.

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.

Shikellamy 4/5/2016 12:09:00 PM
Inflation of the Adam T. Bower Dam will begin on Saturday, April 30th. This is a slow, gradual process occuring over several weeks. The installation of our marina docks is planned to begin the week of May 16th, we anticipate the docks will be ready for our marina patrons to occupy on Friday, May 27th. Park visitors are encouraged to contact the park office for any updates or changes in the operational schedule. Thank you.

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 4/19/2016 4:05:00 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 be closed to vehicular traffic Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 15 through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Road detours to the back part of the park may be utilized at that time. The campground will be open from these dates on weekends (Friday through Sunday) during construction and will be fully open after Thanksgiving for the opening of deer hunting seasons. For more information, please contact the Trough Creek State Park Office at 814-658-3847.

Trough Creek 4/19/2016 3:57:00 PM
Trough Creek State Park is scheduled for treatment to suppress outbreak populations of gypsy moth. Application will be done by aircraft sometime between April 25-mid May. For more information, please contact Trough Creek State Park Office at 814-658-3847.

Tuscarora 5/2/2016 2:00:00 PM
County Burn Ban: Effective April 22, 2016 until May 22, 2016 Open burning is defined as the ignition and subsequent burning of any combustible material (garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter involved with land clearing, or any sort of debris) out-of-doors in either a burn barrel (screened or unscreened) fire ring, or on the ground. The use of propane or gas stoves, charcoal briquette grills, or the use of tobacco in any form if not covered under this act. Campfires in campgrounds are allowed in fire rings that confine and contain the campfire, and where all flammable materials have been removed for radius of 5 feet. FIRE MUST BE ATTENDED AT ALL TIMES AND EXTINGUISHED WHEN DONE.

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
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 9:02:00 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.

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.