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.

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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.

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Families swim, sunbathe and fly a kite at Muskrat Beach at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Pennsylvania.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
The 1,635-acre Glendale Lake has nine public boat launching areas conveniently located throughout the park, along with three public mooring facilities for sailboats, pontoon boats and runabouts. Marina slips are available at Beaver Valley and at Prince Gallitzin marinas. A watercraft concession and marina provides various services, including: watercraft rentals, lake tours, repairs to boats and motors, and the sale of fuel.

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.

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


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Men fish in a bass boat while a pontoon boat passes on Glendale Lake at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Pennsylvania.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.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.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
The trails pass through many habitats and near the lake. For trail descriptions explore trails.


Biking: 2.3 miles of trails
All bicyclists may use park roads open to public travel. Campers may cycle the 2.3-mile multi-use trail around the perimeter of the campground. For an around-the-park road tour, go to www.theAlleghenies.com. Follow the link to Cycling, Cycling on Road, Choose a Tour, Marina Mania tour.


Mountain Biking: 20 miles of trails
In the northern part of the park, the 20-mile snowmobile trail network is open for mountain biking and hiking. Bikers should follow the rules of the road and common courtesies.

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


Stay the Night


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
A family enjoys camping in a tent at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Pennsylvania.A 398-site tent and trailer campground is open from the second Friday in April to the last Monday in October. Facilities and services offered in the campground include: camp store with coin-operated laundry, swimming beach, boat mooring area, boat rental, playgrounds, paved sites, showers, flush toilets and sanitary dump stations. The Campground Beach is open in the summer.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 7 host positions
The campground host sites have amenities that include 50-amp electric service and water and sewer hookup. The Crooked Run Campground has host sites on each of seven main loops that have 43 to 84 campsites each. Each loop has its own washhouse. The host is required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week with a two-week minimum stay. On the loop or loops assigned, host responsibilities include light maintenance tasks at campsites, litter pickup, evening checks of washhouses, and promoting good public relations with campers. Some loops are closed seasonally, reducing the number of hosts needed in the spring and fall. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.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.

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The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure 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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Winter Activities


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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


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