Canoe Creek State Park
The beautiful, 958-acre Canoe Creek State Park features a 155-acre lake, wetlands, old fields and mature forests, which provide critical habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife. The lake is popular for fishing year-round. Hikers enjoy the trails that wind through the many habitats. Picnicking, swimming at the beach, enjoying educational programs, and staying the night in a modern cabin are also popular activities.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Scenic, shaded areas on the east and west sides of the park provide many options for picnics and gatherings. There are picnic tables, charcoal grills and charcoal disposal units.
Three picnic pavilions are available for rental. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Swimming: The sand beach is open from May to September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming. Swim at your own risk. The sand beach is 350 feet long and has a grass sunning area and sand play areas. The bathhouse has showers and dressing booths.
Smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use the beach, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other handheld, lighted smoking devices.
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A snackbar by the swimming beach carries a variety of fast food and drink items.
Boating: electric motors only
Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Boat Rental: Adjacent to the swimming area, the boat concessionaire rents rowboats, paddleboats, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and single, tandem, and sit-on-top kayaks. The boat rental is open Wednesday through Sunday and holidays from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, conditions permitting, from the weekend preceding Memorial Day through the weekend after the Labor Day Holiday. Other hours and advance reservations by appointment. 814-696-3619.
Fishing: The beautiful 155-acre Canoe Lake is stocked with walleye, muskellunge, bass, trout, chain pickerel, catfish, crappies and other panfish. A fishing pier for people with disabilities is in the East Shore Day Use Area. Ice fishing is a popular winter activity during the extended trout season. The ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: About 550 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant and rabbit.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.
Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner’s vehicle or enclosed trailer. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 8 miles of trails
Hikers should be prepared for trail conditions and dress for the terrain and weather. Please wear fluorescent orange when hiking during hunting seasons.
Biking: 1 mile trail
Horseback Riding: Equestrian trails loop through the north side of the park. Mattern, Hartman, and parts of Moore’s Hill trails can be reached from the parking lot off of Mattern Road. Horse rentals are not available in the area.
Disc Golfing: A nine-hole disc golf course begins on the sidewalk near the beach house.
Modern Cabins: Eight modern cabins overlook the lake and sleep six people. Cabins offer electric heat, two bedrooms, living room/dining room, bathroom, kitchen and modern conveniences throughout. A fire ring and picnic table are by each cabin.
The cabins are within walking distance of the swimming area and are available for year-round rental. The rental period in the summer is one week. During the remainder of the year, they may be rented for a minimum of two days.
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Cross-country Skiing: All hiking, equestrian and biking trails are available for skiing.
Sledding: A sledding hill near the Wentz Education Center is available when snow cover is adequate. Park at the education center or on the cul-de-sac on Mattern Road.
Iceboating: Iceboats must have a launch permit. Ice thickness in not monitored.
Ice Fishing: This is a popular winter activity during the extended trout season. The ice thickness is not monitored.
Ice Skating: There are two ponds just north of the Beaver Dam Road Boat Launch.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Canoe Creek State Park offers many popular environmental education and interpretive programs for families, private groups and school groups. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.
Programs are offered year-round. For more detailed information contact the park office.
An education center highlights the historical and natural resources of the park. Near the modern cabins, the center is open year-round and provides brochures on the education program and the wildlife of the park.
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Access for People with Disabilities
All facilities are ADA accessible. With prior approval, service roads can be used for loading and unloading.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.
Canoe Creek State Park maintains a variety of habitats for wildlife. Old fields, wetlands, a lake and a limestone deep mine are interspersed with deciduous woodlots, which provide excellent habitat for over 200 species of birds and mammals.
The park is a stopover place during bird migrations and serves as a summer nesting site for others. Canoe Lake is great for seeing migrating waterfowl. Bluebird, indigo bunting, cedar waxwing, oriole, red-winged blackbird and brown thrasher frequent the wetlands along Mary Ann’s Creek. Osprey and bald eagle are noteworthy spring and fall migrants.
Because of Canoe Creek State Park’s excellent biodiversity and habitats, the park has been designated an Important Bird Area and an Important Mammal Area by the National Audubon Society.
Checklists and geocaching brochures can be obtained at the education center or the park office.
On warm summer nights, visitors come to the Frank Felbaum Bat Sanctuary to watch the evening emergence of female bats and their pups. Over the years, bats in the northeastern US have been hit by White Nose Syndrome, nearly wiping out bat colonies. However, our bat sanctuary still hosts bats every summer at the maternity colony. The park also has a deep limestone mine where the bats hibernate. The park has several species of bats including little brown bats, but big brown bats and the federally endangered Northern long-eared bat.
Geologic formations in and around the park are rich in limestone. This limestone was extracted and used for many purposes, including supplying a raw material for the once thriving iron and steel industry of Pennsylvania. The park has several old quarry operations. Two calcining plants (limekilns), the Hartman kilns site and the Blair Limestone Company kilns site, operated in the park during the early 1900s. The Blair Limestone Company Kiln remnants are the focus of historical and interpretive programs and displays. This company was a subsidiary of Jones and Laughlin Steel Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. Canoe Creek State Park is a modern day use facility developed during the Project 70 expansion era of state parks and was dedicated in 1979.
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Canoe Creek State Park Cabin Map (.pdf) (33 kb, 3/11)
Lake Depth Map
To reach Canoe Creek State Park, travel on US 22 to the small village of Canoe Creek (seven miles east of Hollidaysburg), turn north on the Turkey Valley Road for one half mile to Canoe Creek State Park, on the right.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.48031 Long. -78.2913
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Canoe Creek State Park