Keystone State Park
The 1,200-acre Keystone State Park is great for day-trips and family vacations year-round. Camping, modern cabins, many trails and a lake are all within walking distance, providing an ideal setting for wildlife watching or outdoor adventures. The park is within easy driving distance from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, the Laurel Highlands and their many attractions.
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: Several picnic areas in the park offer picnic tables, parking, drinking water and restrooms. Two pavilions have charcoal grills, drinking water and electric outlets. Please keep these areas clean and dispose of hot charcoal in proper receptacles.
Pavilion #1 is on the north side of the lake, closer to the beach, and Pavilion #2 is below the breast of the dam. The picnic area adjacent to the boat concession offers charcoal grills and drinking water. Picnic pavilions can be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Swimming: A sand beach is open from late-May to Labor Day, 8:00 AM to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please follow posted rules.
To keep this area clean and safe, no food, beverages, or pets are allowed on the sand area of the beach.
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 food concession is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day when the beach is open and offers hot and cold food and a variety of sundry items.
Recycling: Keystone State Park recycles all glass, aluminum, bimetalic cans, and plastics 1 and 2. Please deposit recyclables in labeled dumpsters throughout the park.
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: Near the main boat launch on Keystone Lake, Northwest Kayak and Canoe rents boats and sells bait, basic camping supplies, firewood and ice. In the summer the concession is open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and holidays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., unless otherwise posted. 724-668-0044
Fishing: The 78-acre Keystone Lake has warm water and cold water fishing, with trout stockings throughout the year. Warmwater fish are largemouth bass, tiger muskellunge, black crappie, yellow perch, carp and brown bullhead catfish. A fishing area by the spillway is ADA accessible. Fishing is prohibited at the beach, boat launches and mooring areas. Keystone Lake is a Big Bass Lake and special regulations apply.
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 half of Keystone State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, squirrel, pheasant and grouse. Hunting on the lake and surrounding area is prohibited.
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.
Bicycling: Lakeside Trail is excellent for bikes of all types. This two-mile, level trail loops around the lake on park roads and walkways. Mountain bikes must stay on park roads or gravel walkways. All other trails are foot-traffic only.
Hiking: 8 miles of trails
Davis Run Trail: 3 miles, easiest hiking
Lakeside Loop: 2.2 miles, easiest hiking
McCune Run Trail: 0.5 mile, easiest hiking
Pine Trail: 0.3 mile loop, easiest hiking
Stone Lodge Trail: 1.5 miles, easiest to more difficult hiking
Strawcutter Trail: 0.6 mile, easiest hiking
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 2 host positions
Camping Cottages: Three cottages, located in Lakeside Campground, sleep five people in bunk beds. The cottages have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets. One cottage is ADA accessible.
Yurts: Two yurts are located in Lakeside Campground. These round, canvas and wood-walled tents have a wooden deck and sleep five people in bunk beds. Yurts have a cooking stove, microwave oven, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and are adjacent to a water pump. One yurt is ADA accessible.
Modern Cabins: The 11 modern cabins are available year-round. They are located near the breast of the dam between the two campgrounds. The cabins sleep six people in two bedrooms, one with a double bed and another with two sets of bunk beds. Each cabin contains a modern bathroom with a shower and a kitchen with a stove, refrigerator and microwave oven. Outside is a picnic table and fire ring with grill. Visitors must bring their own kitchen, bath and bedding necessities. Cabin 11 is ADA accessible.
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Cross-country Skiing: Skiing is permitted on park trails.
Sledding: Sledding is permitted on slopes in the park.
Ice Fishing: When conditions permit ice fishing is permitted on the 78-acre Keystone Lake. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Ice Skating: Skating is permitted on the natural ice of the lake. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs March to November. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and informational programs, participants gain an appreciation and understanding of natural and cultural resources. For a schedule of activities or to request a program, call 724-668-2566.
The ADA accessible James A. Kell Visitor Center is a historic stone lodge located in the overnight area of the park. The center contains an introduction to the history, flora and fauna of the park, educational handouts and historic artifacts.
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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.