Chapman State Park
The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. Adjacent to state game lands and the Allegheny National Forest, Chapman is an oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.
Hiking - Biking - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Education - Cross-country Skiing - Snowmobiling - Sledding - Ice Fishing - Ice Skating - Organized Group Tenting - Yurts - Camping Cottages - Camping
Picnicking: The main picnic area is by the beach and overlooks the lake. Five 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. Pavilions #1-4 are ADA accessible.
Swimming: A sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules.
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A concession stand, operated by Bollinger Enterprises, Inc.(BEI), is located at the beach area. The concession offers beverages, snacks, ice cream treats, firewood, ice, and an assortment of beach supplies as well as rentals of canoes, kayaks and paddle boats. To reserve rentals contact BEI at 814-723-8431, M-F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Boating: electric motors only
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.
Fishing: The 68-acre Chapman Lake has fishing for cold-water and warm-water fish, including brook and brown trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, yellow perch and sucker. ADA accessible fishing piers are on the eastern and western shorelines of Chapman Lake. Within the park and the surrounding Allegheny National Forest, trout fishing exists in the West Branch of Tionesta Creek and Farnsworth Run.
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: Over 400 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, bear and small game. Allegheny National Forest and State Game Land 29 adjacent to the park are open to hunting. Special Canada goose hunting regulations are in place. Contact the park office for more information.
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 car, trailer or leased campsite. 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 and Backpacking: 12 miles of trails
Chapman State Park is in the midst of about 517,000 acres of Allegheny National Forest and state game land. When going on a hike, always take a map and compass and KNOW HOW TO USE THEM. Leave word with a family member, friend, or the park office concerning the trails you will take, destination and expected return time. Have a safe hike.
Biking: Although most hiking trails are not open to bicycles, all roads in the park and in the adjacent state game land and Allegheny National Forest are open to bicycles.
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
Camping Cottages: Three cottages sleep five people in bunk beds and have wooden floors, windows, table and chairs, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets. Cottage 1 is ADA accessible. Up to two dogs are permitted in Cottage 1 for a fee.
Yurts: These round, canvas and wood walled tents have a wooden deck and sleep six people in 2 bunk beds and a double bed. Yurts have a stove top, microwave oven, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat, electric lights and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and are adjacent to a water pump. Yurt 1 is ADA accessible.
Organized Group Tenting: Year-round, this rustic area is available for rent to adult and youth groups. The area has restrooms nearby, fire rings, picnic tables and water. Advanced reservations are required.
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Warming Hut: On the western side of the park near the sled riding hillis a warming hut with a wood burning stove and benches.
Cross-country Skiing: At least 4.4 miles of groomed ski trails connect with numerous trails in the adjoining national forest and state game land.
Snowmobiling: Chapman is a trailhead to over 300 miles of trails in Allegheny National Forest. Many of these trails are groomed depending on conditions. The trails are open after the end of deer season in late December through March 31. Chapman provides ample trailer parking, heated restrooms and a warming hut. Snowmobiles must stay on designated trails and have a current registration.
Sledding: A seven-acre groomed slope on the western side of the park is lighted until 10 p.m., daily.
Ice Fishing: The 68-acre Chapman Lake is popular for ice fishing for perch and trout.
Ice Skating: An ice rink is located across from the park office, behind the Environmental Learning Center. Constructed in 2011, this 120’ x 80’ on the ground rink is lighted nightly until 9 p.m. when conditions permit. Skates only please on the ice rink. Footprints on snow and slush can freeze and create hazardous conditions for skaters.
Ice skating is permitted on the natural ice of Chapman Lake, as conditions permit.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
An environmental interpreter is on staff for the summer season and offers a variety of programming including guided walks, stream studies, children’s programs and occasional guest speakers. Special programming available upon request.
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Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.
The park name honors Dr. Leroy E. Chapman (1881-1967) of Warren. Dr. Chapman was a State Senator from 1929 to 1963 and was very active in civic affairs.
Many community groups were instrumental in creating this popular state park. The first land for the park was acquired in 1949. A dam was constructed near the old earthen dam of the Bucher Mill Log Pond, which dates back to Bucher’s Mill that was built about 1849. Chapman State Park opened in 1951.
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Scouts and organized groups can earn free camping by completing service projects.
Many volunteer opportunities are available from simple to complex and from easy to more difficult work. There are many jobs that can be done on almost any day like mowing, weed eating, and litter pickup. Bigger jobs that require a little more commitment are also available.
Campground Hosts are always needed, especially in the fall. There are a number of hosts that come year after year in the summer, but new hosts can be rotated into the summer months when openings occur.
We are currently looking for someone to maintain and monitor our purple martin houses. There are no purple martins using the park now, but they have inhabited the houses in the past. This position requires some experience and a lot of independent work.
Another current opportunity is organizing and cataloging the Park’s historical files and pictures. This position requires very independent work, and the ability to do research in the public library and county courthouse.
A number of small construction projects including installing water bars, and rebuilding trail bridges and steps are available for more ambitious laborers. These projects require some skills and use of hand tools and possibly power tools.
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In Watershed Education, teachers and students assess water quality of a local stream on a quarterly basis and develop strategies to solve local water quality problems.
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Chapman State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the Warren County Visitors Bureau www.wcvb.net
Allegheny National Forest: Recreational opportunities are numerous in the adjacent 513,000-acre forest. www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/
State Game Land 29: This 9,363-acre area is open to hunting, hiking, birding and nature study.
Explore Pennsylvania Wilds
Pennsylvania Wilds is two million acres of public lands for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, hunting, and exploration in northcentral Pennsylvania.
Highlights of the area are elk watching at the Elk Country Visitor Center, scenic PA Route 6, Pine Creek Gorge (PA Grand Canyon), the darkest skies in the east at Cherry Springs State Park, and hundreds of miles of backpacking trails, bike paths, and trout fishing streams. www.pawilds.com
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Interactive GIS Map
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The park is off US 6, in Warren County, near the town of Clarendon, and is adjacent to Allegheny National Forest and State Game Land 29. Turn on to Railroad Street in the town of Clarendon, which becomes Chapman Dam Road. Follow Chapman Dam Road 5 miles to the park.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.75755 Long. -79.17107
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Chapman State Park