Statewide Park Alerts & Advisories

State Park Alerts
No statewide alerts at this time.
State Park Advisories

General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

  • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

  • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

  • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood

  • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, www.agriculture.pa.gov and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

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 Park Updates

Allegheny Islands
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Archbald Pothole
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Bald Eagle
State Park Alerts

Due to the rising lake level from snowmelt and rain, ice conditions have been deemed unsafe.

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Beltzville
State Park Advisories

Swimming area is closed for the Season.



Bendigo
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Benjamin Rush
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Big Pocono
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Big Spring
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Black Moshannon
State Park Advisories

Cabin 20 is currently scheduled to undergo a rehabilitation project in the Fall of 2018 throughout parts of 2019. As a result, it will be unavailable for reservations during the construction period.  Reservations are still being accepted through September 2018.  If the construction dates change the facility will be opened up for reservations.  Thank you for your understanding as we work to make permanent improvements to the facility.   



Blue Knob
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Boyd Big Tree Preserve
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Buchanan's Birthplace
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Bucktail
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Caledonia
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Canoe Creek
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Chapman
State Park Alerts

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Current dam rehabilitation activities are impacting park road access during certain times.  Please drive with caution!

Dam rehabilitation work has begun and Chapman Lake has been drawn down. The work is expected to be completed by December 2018.

Fishing, boating, swimming, waterfowl hunting, metal detecting, or entering the lake bed (with or without water) for any reason is prohibited. Be alert for construction traffic and adhere to posted warning signs.

During construction, hiking trails, campground, cottages, yurts, and some pavilions will remain open during normal seasons. The sledding hill, warming hut, nearby restroom and trails will be open this winter. The ice skating pond is closed.

Work to be undertaken while the lake is drawn down will include 70,000 cubic yards of sediment removal, as well as repairs to the dam’s control tower and spillway concrete, to bring the lake in compliance with statewide flood requirements. A fish habitat improvement project also will be undertaken.

We appreciate the drawdown will be an inconvenience to anglers, boaters, and other visitors, but the integrity of the dam and safety of our park visitors is of the utmost importance. It is a short-term inconvenience for a long-term improvement. Safety, fish habitat, depth, and function all will improve.

Presently, the spillway fails to meet requirements of a Probable Maximum Flood – one that could result from the most severe combination of rainfall and hydrologic conditions for the area. To remedy the situation, the dam embankment will be armored with concrete, enabling water to safely overtop it during an extreme flood event. Work will bring the dam into compliance with guidelines established for safe operation and maintenance of dams by state Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Dam Safety.

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Cherry Springs
State Park Alerts

**All astronomers must vacate the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field no later than 3:00 PM on July 29th 2018 in preparation of the Cherry Springs 2018 67th Annual Woodsmen Show.  Astronomers may not occupy the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field until after 5:00 PM 7 August 2018.**


Winter Astronomy at Cherry Springs State Park:

Winter observation of the night sky can be a rewarding experience; however poor planning and knowledge can make it challenging and hazardous. Minimal winter maintenance allows for limited access to parking and observation areas. A small restroom on the back edge of the Astronomy Field serves for both astronomers and snowmobilers. Short Term star gazing can be performed on the north side of Route 44 in the Public Viewing/Programming area.  Long Term star gazing can be performed on the south side of Route 44 in the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field.  It is strongly recommended to let someone know where you are going, when you should return, and to maintain a cold weather survival kit. Astronomy Field regulations still apply; please review them prior to arrival. Please arrive well before dark for park familiarity.

** Although a new restroom facility has been installed on the Public Viewing/Programming area it will remain closed this winter please use the restroom on the backside of the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field.  Public Viewing/Programming restroom facility will be available in the spring.

The Overnight Astronomy Observation Field will be closed for the annual Cherry Springs Star Party, sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg (ASH), on 14 June through 17 June 2018.  All visitors to the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field must register for the event through the ASH at https://www.astrohbg.org/.  The Cherry Springs campground is still open to all visitors and can be reserved at https://pennsylvaniastateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-888-PAPARKS. 

The Overnight Astronomy Observation Field will be closed for the annual Black Forest Star Party, sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO), on 7 September through 9 September 2018.  All visitors to the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field must register for the event through the CPO at http://bfsp.org/.  The Cherry Springs campground is still open to all visitors and can be reserved at https://pennsylvaniastateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-888-PAPARKS. 

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Clear Creek
State Park Alerts

Bridge Closure:  Be advised, three foot bridges are closed to the public at Clear Creek State Park.  Trail users may be impacted.  Please stop at the Park Office to obtain a park map in order to plan accordingly.  The bridge locations are as follows: 1.  Clear Creek Beach 2.  Pipeline near Clear Creek and Ridge Trails 3.  Ox Shoe Trail at the campground

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Codorus
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Colonel Denning
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Colton Point
State Park Alerts

*** 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 second Friday in April.***

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Cook Forest
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Cowans Gap
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Delaware Canal
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Denton Hill
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Elk
State Park Alerts

Elk State Park announces closure of boat launch. Due to low water levels, the Instanter boat launch will be unusable for boats that must be launched and recovered using a trailer, as of Monday July 17, 2017. Boats that can be launched by hand will still have access to the water. The lake is below full summer pool, currently at 1643.0' and the pool level is falling at the average rate expected at this time of the year. For more information, please contact the Kinzua Bridge State Park Complex Office at 814-778-5467.

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Erie Bluffs
State Park Advisories

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



Evansburg
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Fort Washington
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Fowlers Hollow
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Frances Slocum
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


French Creek
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Gifford Pinchot
State Park Alerts

A tentative drawdown of Pinchot Lake has been scheduled to begin on September 17, 2018.  Planned work that will occur during the drawdown includes: improved access for swimmers at the Quaker Race Day Use Area, an improved ADA fishing area in Quaker Race, installation of a headwall for a future accessible dock system for kayaks and canoes, rehabilitation of the headwall in Boat Launch Area #3, and installation of a new dock system for the park's pontoon and patrol boats.  Please note:  the announced date to begin the drawdown is a target date and may be delayed.  The reason for the possible delay is that we are in the early stages of the design work and the exact date to start the project can't be determined at this time.  After the project's completion, the level of the lake's water will be returned to normal pool.  We apologize for any inconvenience that the drawdown may cause.  The goal of the planned projects is to enhance visitor access and enjoyment of Pinchot Lake.    

State Park Advisories
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.


Gouldsboro
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Greenwood Furnace
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Hickory Run
State Park Advisories
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
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Hills Creek
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Hyner Run
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Hyner View
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Jacobsburg Env. Ed.
State Park Alerts

The Bridge on Belfast Road at the main parking lot will be closed for construction starting Oct. 24th, 2017.  All parking lots will remain open.  The detour from Rt. 33 Belfast Exit is to use Henry Road to Jacobsburg Road and back down to Belfast Rd.

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Jennings Env. Ed.
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Joseph E. Ibberson C. A.
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Kettle Creek
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Keystone
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Kings Gap Env. Ed.
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Kinzua Bridge
State Park Advisories

In an effort to balance public safety, privacy concerns, view-shed and sound-shed protection, and FFA rules and regulations with the popular recreational use of drones or other types of unmanned aerial systems (UAS),the Bureau of State Parks implemented a new management policy which prohibits the commercial and general recreational use of drones in Kinzua Bridge State Park. UAS use is permitted in a select number of PA. State Parks . For additional information, visit the Things to Know section of visitPAparks.com.



Kooser
State Park Alerts

Kooser State Park is preparing to begin a large scale lake rehabilitation project to remove sediment from the lake bottom and to improve the shoreline, fishing access and fish habitat. When this project begins, it will impact the day use area immediately surrounding the lake, and at times may require closures of certain adjacent areas and parking lots. The timing and duration of this project is uncertain at this time, as are the associated closures to the parking areas in the lake day use area. Customers who plan to reserve the Mighty Oak Pavilion should be aware that parking and access to the pavilion may only be available from the areas near the park office, as the parking area adjacent to the lake and PA Rt. 31 may be impacted. Please check the park advisories page for updates to this project.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Lackawanna
State Park Advisories

Please be advised the pool fees at Lackawanna State Park have increased to $6.00 per swimmer and Children under 38 inches are free.  A full list of pool prices can be found below.

Admission     Price

Swimmer  $6.00

Senior Citizen $5.00

Late Arrival (after 4:00 PM) $5.00

Children Under 38 Inches free

Book of 20 Tickets $80.00

Park Camper or Cabin Occupant Rate with Receipt $4.00

Season Pass Adult $50.00

Season Pass Under 12 Years Old $42.00

Season Pass Senior Citizen $40.00

Yearly Family Pass $180.00

Season Pass Additional Child $36.00

Group of 15 or More People Per Swimmer $4.00

Effective April 14,2017 all trails area open for all users for Lackawanna State Park/Countryside Conservancy trail system. The majority of trails are sufficiently firm for responsible riding.



Laurel Hill
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Laurel Mt.
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Laurel Ridge
State Park Advisories

Backpackers/Hikers – please be advised that water at the 271 Shelter Area is intermittent during the summer months. There is no guarantee it will be available.  Please plan accordingly. Generally, there is water available at the 271 Trailhead Parking.



Laurel Summit
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Lehigh Gorge
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Leonard Harrison
State Park Alerts

*** 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 second Friday in April.***

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Linn Run
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Little Buffalo
State Park Alerts

Holman Lake will be drawn down beginning September 11, 2017 through spring 2018 to facilitate dam repairs, dredging, and installation of a new ADA accessible fishing pier. The lake will be drawn down as much as 10 feet below normal pool. Fishing and boating will still be permitted during the drawdown, however, depending on the project phase, boating access may be severely limited and boat launches may be unavailable. This could prevent launching trailered boats and limit use to hand-carried boats. Areas of the upper lake including the Upper Boat Launch, Swimming Pool Road Bridge, and Little Buffalo Creek Trail will be closed periodically due to dredging work.

State Park Advisories

The docks at the boat launches have been removed due to the lake draw down. The ramps remain open and usable without the docks.

The lake will be drawn down over the fall, winter, and spring of 2017/2018 for dam repairs and lake dredging.  The expected dates will be from September 2017 through May 2018. The lake will be drawn down as much as 10 feet below the normal pool to facilitate the 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.  This may make it impossible to launch a trailered boat and limit use to hand carried boats.  There may also be times when the lake will need to be closed to boating, fishing, and/or ice fishing.  Areas of the upper lake including the Upper Boat Launch, the Swimming Pool Road Bridge, and the Little Buffalo Creek Trail will be closed periodically due to the dredging operation.



Little Pine
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Locust Lake
State Park Advisories

All visitors must park in the visitors parking lot. There is no parking or driving to unload your belongings at the beach.  The beach area is about a half mile from the parking lot so be prepared to walk that distance with your belongings. There are no picnic facilities at Locust Lake, however picnic areas are available at Tuscarora State Park approximately 6 miles from Locust lake.



Lyman Run
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Marsh Creek
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Maurice K. Goddard
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


McCalls Dam
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


McConnells Mill
State Park Advisories

All park visitors should be reminded and advised that much of the park land and waters are open to hunting.  With the opening of some waterfowl seasons, including Canada Geese, on September 1, and various hunting and trapping seasons occurring through the fall and winter months, it is recommended that visitors wear high visibility orange as an added precaution while recreating at the park. 

The operation of unmanned aircraft, such as drones, is a prohibited activity at McConnells Mill State Park.
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.
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.


Memorial Lake
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Milton
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Mont Alto
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Moraine
State Park Advisories

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, are not permitted in Moraine State Park. Drones create a variety of safety, wildlife impacts and privacy issues.

All park visitors should be reminded and advised that much of the park land and waters are open to hunting.  With the opening of some waterfowl seasons, including Canada Geese, on September 1, and various hunting and trapping seasons occurring through the fall and winter months, it is recommended that visitors wear high visibility orange as an added precaution while recreating at the park. 

Boaters be advised that the channel marker buoys have been removed from the shoal running between Duck Point (near the dam) and the island northeast of the dam.  There is no longer a suitable channel in this area, shoal marker buoys will be placed across this area.  Boaters are recommended to pass the island to the eastern side (between island and cabins) when boating in this area. 



Mt. Pisgah
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Nescopeck Env. Ed.
State Park Advisories
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
State Park Advisories

Due to accumulation of silt within the Marina basin, the Marina will be performing hydraulic dredging to maintain safe boater access. While minimal disruption to general operations is expected, please be observant for temporary traffic detours during this time. Please contact the Marina Office for additional details and information.

The Neshaminy State Park Marina will be switching to its winter operating hours from November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. During the winter season the marina is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. These operating hours include all fishing and boating activities.



Nockamixon
State Park Alerts

MAIN DAY-USE AREA CLOSED

Work is scheduled to begin in the entire Main Day-Use Area, on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Nockamixon State Park to remove dying ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer and other trees that may become a hazard.

During the active cutting phase of this project, some sections of the park will be completely closed for the safety of park visitors. Absolutely NO use of the trail or closed area is permitted (hiking, horseback riding, hunting, etc) while the this project is taking place.

As there will be heavy equipment in use and logging operations, we ask that the public refrain from entering these areas and respect all ‘Do Not Enter’ signs for your safety. Park maps indicating logging areas can be obtained at the park office.

The area that will be closed include the ENTIRE Main Day-Use Area, including the pave bike trail and roadways, on the north side of the park between the Fishing Pier Road and Harrisburg School Road to cut timber block 1.

The visiting public can still enjoy the nearby Tohickon Launch Area, Haycock Launch Area, the Disc Golf Area, the Marina, the Fishing Pier, Old Mill Trail west of Fishing Pier Road, Quarry Trail, Sterner Mill Trail, Church Trail, Mink Trail, and the Mountain Bike trail system. The cabin colony area will not be affected.

The paved bike trail will be closed until further notice, check back for updates.

Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the Sterner Mill and High Bridge area of Nockamixon State Park to remove dying ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer and other trees that may become a hazard.

During the active cutting phase of this project, some sections of the park will be completely closed for the safety of park visitors. Absolutely NO use of the trail or closed area is permitted (hiking, hunting, etc) while the this project is taking place.

As there will be heavy equipment in use and logging operations, we ask that the public refrain from entering these areas and respect all ‘Do Not Enter’ signs for your safety. Park maps indicating logging areas can be obtained at the park office.

The area that will be closed include part of the Sterner Mill Trail by the High Bridge to cut timber block 2.

The visiting public can still enjoy the upper part of the Sterner Mill trail system which can be access from the Sterner Mill parking lot.

The lower part of the Sterner Mill trail will be closed until further notice, check back for updates.

RIDENOX mountain bike trails at Nockamixon State Park are now closed for the season! With the threat of rain/snow, frost and warmup trends, the tough decision was made in order to preserve and protect the trails for future enjoyment. Take this time to tune up the bikes and enjoy the winter.  See you in spring.

Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Nockamixon State Park to remove dying ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer and other trees that may become a hazard.

During the active cutting phase of this project, some sections of the park will be completely closed for the safety of park visitors. Absolutely NO use of the trail or closed area is permitted (hiking, horseback riding, hunting, etc) while the this project is taking place.

As there will be heavy equipment in use and logging operations, we ask that the public refrain from entering these areas and respect all ‘Do Not Enter’ signs for your safety. Park maps indicating logging areas can be obtained at the park office.

The areas that will be closed include the entire Elephant Trail equestrian/hiking trail loop between Elephant Road and Stover Mill Road to cut timber blocks 3, 4, 5, & 6.

The visiting public can still enjoy the nearby Church Trail, Mink Trail, and the Mountain Bike trail system. The cabin colony area will not be affected. Additionally, the northern side of the park (main day use area near park office) is not impacted by the operation at this time.

The trails will be closed until further notice, check back for updates.

State Park Advisories

The birds have started their winter migration, bears are looking to hibernate, boats are out of the water and we here at Nockamixon State Park are preparing for winter. The day use area gates are locked for the season and will remain closed until April 1, 2018. Modern bathrooms have been closed and winterized. Pits or porta-pots will remain available at the fishing pier, park office lot, Tohickon and Haycock launch areas. With plenty of activities still available, we hope to see you come out and enjoy the park!

SWIMMING IS NOT PERMITTED ANYWHERE IN THE LAKE.

For current park conditions, updates, and alerts, please check our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NockamixonStatePark/


Nolde Forest Env. Ed.
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Norristown Farm Park
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Ohiopyle
State Park Advisories
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
State Park Alerts

Miller Farm, Pioneer and Russell Corners roads are not maintained throughout the winter and can accumulate large amounts of snow and ice.  Please avoid or use extreme caution when traveling these roads during the winter months.  Call the park office for alternative routes and for more information.

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Ole Bull
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Parker Dam
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Patterson
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Penn-Roosevelt
State Park Advisories

Effective October 18, 2017 The water system at Penn Roosevelt will be shut down until spring.  This is a seasonal shut-down that occurs every year.  The water system will be turned back on prior to April 13, 2017

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
State Park Alerts

Road Closure

Starting June 11, 2018 and lasting approximately two weeks, the Toms Run Bridge on PA Route 233 will be replaced and the road will be closed. This bridge is located approximately 100 yards north of the stop sign at Pine Grove Road.  Pine Grove Furnace State Park will not be accessible via PA Route 233 south from I-81 exit 37 during the construction period, subject to change.  PennDot will have detours posted.  For those patrons coming from further distances away especially with RVs please use the following:  From Carlisle and points east, take exit 47A off of I-81 and go south on PA Route 34 for 8 miles.  Make a right on Pine Grove Road and go six miles to the park.  From Chambersburg and points west, take exit 16 off of I-81 and go east on US Route 30 for eight and a half miles.  Make a left at the light on PA Route 233 and the park is 12 miles ahead.

State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Poe Paddy
State Park Advisories

NEW FOR 2017: Poe Valley will be participating in the Smoke Free Beach Program effective May 1, 2017. 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 area.



Poe Valley
State Park Advisories

NEW OFFICE: Construction of the new Poe Valley State Park office will be starting this spring.   The temporary office will be relocated to the first parking lot past the construction area.  Phone calls can be still made to 814-349-2460 but will be forwarded to Reeds Gap State Park office at 717-667-3622 when the Poe Valley office is unmanned.  All campers at Poe Valley and Poe Paddy arriving without reservations are still required to proceed to the Poe Valley office to complete registration before setting up on a site. Please bear with us during this time as the long awaited new office is being built!

NEW FOR 2017: Poe Valley will be participating in the Smoke Free Beach Program effective May 1, 2017. 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 area.



Point
State Park Alerts

Hazardous conditions continue to exist in the park as a result of the recent flooding, and additional flooding is anticipated for the weekend, starting on Friday, February 16, 2018. Please exercise care when travelling through all areas of the park. The lower wharves and fountain plaza will continue to be closed until conditions improve. The park's public restrooms may also be closed. If you encounter an emergency in Point State Park, please call 911.

State Park Advisories

The accessible kayak launch at Point's Allegheny Wharf has been removed for the winter. We expect it to be reinstalled and ready for use in mid-April.  Please check our website and our Facebook page for updates as the season nears,  as installation of the launch can be affected by many different factors. For additional information on paddling on Pennsylvania's waterways, please check the PA Fish and Boat Commissions website for water safety awareness, life vest guidelines, and other important river-related information. 

The 2017 operating season for the Fountain at Point State Park will end at 11:00 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 (Veterans Day). The fountain system will be drained and winterized as a part of our routine winter maintenance. Fountain operations will resume in Spring 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 412-565-2850.

Contrary to some information found online, there is no fee to enter Point State Park, which is open from sunrise until 11 pm daily. Point is a day-use only park and has no swimming or camping facilities.



Presque Isle
State Park Alerts

Beach 8 Project

Beach 8 section of the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose Trail will be closed beginning Tuesday September 5, 2017, due to construction activity.  A detour has been established along Peninsula Drive and West Fisher Drive to connect back to the Multi-Purpose Trail at Beach 7.

State Park Advisories

Gull Point Update

The Gull Point Trail is now open, however, please be aware that the trail is still very muddy.  If you decide to hike the trail, please be prepared for the mud to be mid-shin in certain places of the trail.

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



Prince Gallitzin
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Promised Land
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Prompton
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Prouty Place
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Pymatuning
State Park Advisories
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.


R.B. Winter
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Raccoon Creek
State Park Advisories

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
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Ravensburg
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Reeds Gap
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Ricketts Glen
State Park Advisories

Due to ice and hazardous conditions, the Falls Trail is now closed to all except ice climbers and experienced hikers with the proper gear.  This gear must include crampons, an ice axe, and rope.  Everyone must register with the park office.  If you are entering the trail from the Glens parking lot on Route 118 you can call the office at 570-477-5675.  We will need to know your name, number in your party, vehicle description, and an emergency contact number.



Ridley Creek
State Park Alerts

Due to the significant impact of the emerald ash borer on ash trees throughout the area, we are currently performing tree removal work throughout the park. Visitors should expect localized closing of roads, parking lots, and trail sections. The park will remain open during this project, however we ask that visitors remain well clear of the work crew. For more information on the emerald ash borer, and the effect it is having on the state’s forests, please visit the following link:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/eab/

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Ryerson Station
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


S.B. Elliott
State Park Advisories

Cabin Closure: The cabin colony will remain closed into the 2018 season due to projects to install a new restroom and water system for the cabin colony.  The cabins will reopen as soon as possible when the projects are complete. 



Salt Springs
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Samuel S. Lewis
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Sand Bridge
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Shawnee
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Shikellamy
State Park Advisories

Visitors to Shikellamy State Park should be aware that the Overlook Area has closed for the winter season, and that the Woods and Point Restrooms in the Marina Area have been winterized.  The Hill Restroom in the Marina Area remains open.



Sinnemahoning
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Sizerville
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Susquehanna
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Susquehannock
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Swatara
State Park Advisories

Bear Hole Trail Open For Drive Thru the 2nd Friday and Saturday of each Month 9am-3pm.

2017 August 11, 12 - September 8,9 and 22, 23  - October 13, 14, and 27, 28 - November 10, 11 - December 8, 9

2018 - January 12, 13 - February 9, 10 - March 9, 10 and 23, 24 - April 13, 14 and 27, 28 - May 11, 12 - June 8, 9 - July 13, 14 - August 10, 11 - September 14, 15 and 28, 29 - October 12, 13 and 26, 27 - November 9, 10 - December 14, 15



Tobyhanna
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Trough Creek
State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Tuscarora
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Tyler
State Park Advisories
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.
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.


Upper Pine Bottom
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Varden Consv. Area
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Warriors Path
State Park Alerts

Pavilions #1 will be blocked from online reservations due to no electricity or water available at these facilities.  This block will continue until these services are returned to normal.  Pavilion#1 is still available at a first come, first serve basis.  Thank you for your patience with this matter.

State Park Advisories

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions, of the park.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors and disposal sites in the DMA.



Washington Crossing
State Park Alerts

Bowman's Tower Elevator Out of Order:  The elevator at Bowman's Tower is currently not in operation.  Visitor's may still purchase a ticket and gain access to the top of the tower by using the circular stairwell.

State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Whipple Dam
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


White Clay Creek
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.


Worlds End
State Park Advisories
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
State Park Advisories
No advisories at this time.