Frances Slocum State Park
Frances Slocum State Park consists of 1,035 acres in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County. Frances Slocum Lake is the focal point of the park and forms a horseshoe covering 165 acres.
Picnicking: Picnic areas are available year-round. Picnic facilities include drinking water fountains, restrooms, garbage and recycling receptacles, charcoal grills and charcoal disposal pits. All areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Three ADA accessible 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.
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Swimming: The swimming pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. A seasonal snack bar has fast food and beverages.
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.
Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Fishing: The 165-acre Frances Slocum Lake is a warm-water fishery. Common species are crappie, bluegill, perch, catfish, muskellunge, pickerel, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye and stocked trout. Ice fishing is permitted. An ADA accessible fishing pier is between Picnic Pavilion Three and the main boat launch.
Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: About 700 acres are open to hunting. 350 acres are open to archery hunting. 350 acres in the west side of the park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, waterfowl, turkey, rabbit and squirrel.
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. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 13 miles of trails
Bluebird Trail: 0.5 mile
Buck and Doe Trails: 0.8 mile and 0.3 mile
Campground Trail: 1 mile
Deer Trail: 3.2 miles
Upper Deer Trail: 0.6 mile
Frances Slocum Trail: 0.7-mile
Hilltop Loop Trail: orange blazes, 0.7 mile
Lakeshore Trail: 1.4-mile
Larch Tree Trail: 2 miles
Macanaquah Trail: 2.5 miles
Mountain Biking: 4 miles of trails
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
Organized Group Tenting: Organized groups can rent this modern area, which can accommodate up to 40 people. The camping area has drinking water, fire rings, picnic tables, flush toilets and shower facilities.
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Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths. The lake ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
Cross-country Skiing: When conditions permit, the campground road and day-use areas are popular for skiing.
Sledding: A good slope is west of the swimming pool.
Ice Fishing: Ice fishing is permitted on the entire lake.
Ice Skating: When conditions permit, ice skating is permitted on the frozen lake.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Natural, cultural, historical and recreational programs are conducted by a park environmental educator from March through November. The park provides environmental education and interpretive programs that usually begin at the campground amphitheater from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Curriculum-based environmental education programs and teacher workshops are available to area schools.
An environmental interpretive center in the day use area features exhibits on American Indians and ecological topics.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.
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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.