Prince Gallitzin State Park
At Prince Gallitzin State Park, the forested hills of the Allegheny Plateau cradle sprawling Glendale Lake. Vistas offer scenic views of the 1,635-acre lake with its 26 miles of shoreline, which is a favorite of anglers and boaters. Campers flock to the large campground and also enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities. The varied habitats of the park make it a home for many types of wildlife, and a rest stop in the spring and fall migrations.
Hiking - Biking - Mountain Biking - Horseback Riding - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Disc Golfing - Orienteering - Education - Cross-country Skiing - Snowmobiling - Ice Fishing - Iceboating - Organized Group Tenting - Cabins - Camping Cottages - Camping
Picnicking: Picnic tables are available throughout the park. Many picnic tables are adjacent to the swimming area in Muskrat Beaches 1, 2 and 3. Four 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: Muskrat 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 for swimming. A food concession, modern bathhouses, dressing rooms, disc golf, volleyball courts and a large picnic area are in and around the swimming area. Campers can swim at the Beach Campground in the campground.
Boating: up to 20 hp motors permitted
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.
Visit the U. S. Geological Survey Web site for the water level of Glendale Lake. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?site_no=01541340&PARAmeter_cd=00062
Fishing: The 1,635-acre Glendale Lake is a warm-water fishery with bass, pike and muskellunge as the most common game fish. There is also a good population of panfish that includes crappie, bluegill and perch. Killbuck Run is stocked with trout. A fishing pier for people with disabilities is at Pickerel Pond.
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 5,900 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey and small game.
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: 32.65 miles of trails
Biking: 2.3 miles of trails
Mountain Biking: 20 miles of trails
For more information on mountain biking, contact the park office or www.theAlleghenies.com. Follow the link to Mountain Biking, Choose a Tour, Killbuck Run tour. The Web site has maps, que sheets and additional information.
Horseback Riding: All equestrian trails can be accessed from the Beaverdam Boat Launch.
A riding stable adjacent to park property on Marina Road offers rides of varying degrees of difficulty and length on park property.
Disc Golfing: A nine-hole disc golf course is located around the Muskrat Beach #2 day use area. The course wraps through varied terrain and provides challenging shots in wooded and field areas. Score cards and course maps can be picked up at the bulletin board at the far right of the parking area next to Tee #1. Scenic views of Glendale Lake and surrounding areas of the park provide a tranquil place to recreate after disc golfing.
Orienteering: The three level orienteering course consisting of 30 control points around the Muskrat Beach Area is great for both new and advanced orienteers. Course levels begin at “Beginner” then progress to “Intermediate” and “Advanced”. Course maps, control cards, and answer codes may be picked up at the Prince Gallitzin Main Office lobby area. The course is a partnership between Prince Gallitzin State Park and the Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club. www.wpoc.org
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 7 host positions
Camping Cottages: The three camping cottages in the campground have a deck and windows that overlook the lake. Each cottage sleeps five people in a single bunk and double/single bunk beds and has electric lights, outlets and heat. The cottages are available from the second Friday in April to the last Monday in October. One cottage is ADA accessible.
Modern Cabins: Ten modern cabins are for rent year-round. Cabins are furnished and have a living area, kitchen/dining area, shower room, and two or three bedrooms. Two bedroom cabins sleep six people (one double bed and two bunks), while three bedroom cabins sleep eight people (one double bed and three bunks). Up to two dogs are permitted in Cabin 1 for a fee. In 2014, up to two dogs will be permitted in Cabin 10 for a fee. One cabin is ADA accessible.
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Organized Group Tenting: A rustic tenting area may be reserved by organized adult and youth groups from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. There are picnic tables, restrooms and drinking water. A shower house is within easy walking distance.
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Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing: Seven miles of marked trails are available for this popular wintertime activity.
Snowmobiling: Registered snowmobiles may use the 20-mile trail network. Snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails and roads from the day following the last deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.
Ice Fishing: The 1,635-acre Glendale Lake is popular for ice fishing. Common species caught through the ice are perch, walleye, pike and crappies. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
Iceboating: Iceboats must display a state park launch permit.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
An environmental education specialist offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs seasonally. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward the natural and cultural resources of the park. Recreational programming includes interpretive kayak and pontoon boat tours of Lake Glendale. Curriculum-based environmental education field learning experiences are available for K – 12 school groups, youth organizations and homeschool associations.
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Wind Turbine: The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) installed small-scale wind turbines to show how alternative energy can reduce pollution and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.
For hundreds of years, traditional windmills harnessed wind energy to pump water or grind grain. Today's modern equivalent – the wind turbine – uses wind energy to generate electricity which has far less impact on the environment than energy generation based on fossil fuels.
To see how much energy is generated by the park's small-scale wind turbine, and how much energy is used daily, weekly and monthly visit the wind turbine page.
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.