Prompton State Park


Prompton State Park provides boat launching and picnicking facilities to the 290-acre Prompton Lake, which is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 26 miles of hiking trails surround the lake.

Click here to see the NOAA weather for this park.
Click on the Map It! logo to go to an interative GIS map of this park.
Click on this Flickr logo to go to the Flickr page of Pennsylvania State Parks.



Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Mountain Biking   -  Disc Golf   -  Cross-Country Skiing   -  Sledding


Picnicking: Picnic tables are by the boat launch. A picnic pavilion is in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property above the dam.


Anglers fish from a boat against a background of autumn-colored leaves at Prompton State Park, Pennsylvania.Boating: up to 10 hp motors
The 290-acre Prompton Lake has one boat launch on west shore, accessed from PA 170.

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 290-acre Prompton Lake is a warm-water fishery. Common fish are crappie, yellow perch, and largemouth and smallmouth bass.

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: Most of the park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer and turkey.

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.


Disc Golfing: An 18-hole disc golf course is in the USACE portion of the park.


Mountain Biking: 26 miles of trails
All hiking trails are open to mountain biking.


Hiking: 26 miles of trails
A family hikes at Prompton State Park, Pennsylvania.The hiking trails are a mix of rocky paths and smooth forest floor. The northernmost 1.2-mile of East Shore Trail is old, smooth blacktop that used to be PA 170 before Prompton Dam was built, flooding most of the old road. Most trails are rated more difficult to difficult hiking.

Orchard Trail: 3.5 miles, white blazes
On the west side of the lake, this trail parallels West Shore Trail.

West Shore Trail: 3.5 miles, red blazes
On the west side of the lake this trail parallels Orchard Trail.

East Shore Trail: 4.5 miles, red blazes
Extends from Beech Grove Road on the north end to the top of the dam at the south end.

Hemlock Trail: 2 miles, yellow blazes
Starts at the east end of the dam and meets up with High Ledge Trail.

Bone Ridge Trail: 2 miles, yellow blazes
Starts and ends on Hemlock Trail near the east side of the dam.

High Ledge Trail: 2 miles, white blazes
Starts at East Shore Trail and meets Sugar Shack Trail.

Sugar Shack Trail: 2 miles, white blazes
Begins on East Shore Trail and meets Eagle Pass Trail on the east side of the lake.

Eagle Pass Trail: 1 mile, green blazes
Connects Cross Trail with East Shore and Sugar Shack trails.

Pine Creek Trail: 1.7 miles, orange blazes
In the northeast end of the park, this trail begins and ends at Cliff Trail.

Blueberry Trail: 1.5 miles, blue blazes
A loop off Pine Creek Trail at the northeast end of the park.

Cliff Trail: 1.3 miles, red blazes
Starts at Sidewinder Trail and comes back to Pine Creek Trail.

Sidewinder Trail: 1 mile, red blazes
From East Shore Trail to the beginning of Sidewinder Trail.


Winter Activities


Cross-country Skiing: Many park trails and open fields can be skiied with adequate snow cover.


Sledding: Hills in the park are good for sledding.


Access for People with Disabilities


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.