McCalls Dam State Park
The sound of White Deer Creek pervades the quiet, remote McCalls Dam Park. Majestic pines, hemlocks, maples and oaks reach for the sky around the small picnic area. Bald Eagle State Forest surrounds the 8-acre McCalls Dam State Park.
McCalls Dam State Park participates in a carry-in/carry-out trash disposal program for small parks. There are no trash collection or recycling facilities. Visitors are asked to limit the amount of disposable items brought to the park and to take all trash, garbage, and recyclables home.
Picnicking: The small picnic area next to White Deer Creek has tables, a few charcoal grills and a vault restroom.
Fishing: Native brook trout can be found in White Deer Creek which flows through the park.
Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting: McCalls Dam provides access to hunting on the surrounding Bald Eagle State Forest.
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.
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In 1850, an early settler built a dam on White Deer Creek to provide power to his large sawmill and shingle mill. Sixteen years later the dam was repaired and used as the second of a series of splash dams, used to float white pine logs to the Susquehanna River and the extensive sawmills at Watsontown. Although the dam is gone, Johnny McCall and his dam will always be remembered because of McCalls Dam State Park.
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McCalls Dam State Park
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McCalls Dam State Park is in the extreme east end of Centre County. It can be reached by traveling McCalls Dam state forest road, which links PA 192 at Raymond B. Winter State Park and PA 880 at Eastville.
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McCalls Dam State Park