Pymatuning State Park


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There are dozens of fun activities at Pymatuning State Park, but here's a list to get you started.

 

Almost everything about Pymatuning State Park is big. At 16,892 acres, it is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir is the largest lake in the Commonwealth. Pymatuning is one of the most visited state parks in Pennsylvania. But the biggest thing about Pymatuning is the fun you can have boating, fishing, swimming, camping and enjoying other recreational opportunities. In addition to the state park facilities, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission operate a fish hatchery and visitor center, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission has wildlife viewing areas and a learning center.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Sightseeing   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  Disc Golf   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Sledding   -  Snowmobiling   -  Ice Fishing   -  Iceboating   -  Organized Group Tenting   -  Cabins   -  Camping


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Picnicking: Picnic tables are available in many areas. Jamestown and Linesville beaches have ADA accessible picnic sites complete with grill and table.

There are 10 picnic pavilions that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Linesville Pavilion 8 is near the Linesville Beach and Espyville Pavilion 13 is at the Espyville Launch. The other pavilions are located throughout the Jamestown day use area. From the southeast moving clockwise on the map is Ackerman Pavilion 9, Spruce Hill Pavilion 2, Weir Pavilion 1, Carp Point Pavilion 3, Ball Field Pavilion 10, Bay View Pavilion 4, Westinghouse Pavilion 5 and Main Beach Pavilion 11. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets in day use areas must be kept on a leash or safely restrained and are prohibited in swimming areas and some overnight areas.

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Families enjoy the sand beach at the Jamestown Campground beach at Pymatuning State Park, Pennsylvania.Swimming: Three public beaches, Linesville, Main Beach and Beach Two; and the beach for campers in Jamestown Campground are open the weekend before Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather and conditions permitting. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Sightseeing: Anywhere along the lake, beautiful vistas of this large body of water can be enjoyed. Some of the more unique sights include the dam, the Linesville “spillway,’’ the fish hatchery, the two causeways across the lake and the Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Learning Center. The spillway is perhaps one of the best known locations because the fish are so plentiful that the “ducks walk on the fishes’ backs” to compete for the food fed by the visitors.

Also, Pymatuning is the only known place in Pennsylvania where bald eagles have nested continuously, even throughout the years of their population decline. Today, park visitors get thrills from spotting eagles in the park.

Sunset Photography: Popular areas to photograph the sunsets at Pymatuning are the Spillway, Linesville Beach, the causeway and Jamestown Main Beach. While the setting sun makes beautiful photographs, wait a few minutes after complete sunset to capture the afterglow where you will often have brilliant oranges and yellows to give you those postcard shots.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Boating: maximum 20 hp motors permitted
A sailboat cuts across the blue lake at Pymatuning State Park, Pennsylvania.The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir has many boat launches along the shores, including an ADA accessible launch in the Jamestown Marina and Manning Boat Launch.

The three Pennsylvania boat marinas have boat mooring and rent pontoon boats, motorboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks and have a store that has bait, tackle and snacks.

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.

Pymatuning Marina and Mooring Manual (.pdf) (1,191 kb, 1/14)

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.

Jamestown Watercraft Concession: This facility is located within the 203-slip Jamestown Marina where moorings are administered by Pymatuning State Park. Located in the south end of the park two miles west of Jamestown, PA, a new three-lane launch ramp compliments this facility, which is generally open late March through late October. A variety of rental boats, snacks, bait, tackle and a good selection of fishing gear are available. For more information contact the concessionaire at 724-932-3267.
GPS DD: 41.509 -80.472

Espyville Marina Concession: A 184-slip marina accommodates yearly moorings April 1 through October 31 in addition to having a variety of rental watercraft available to lease by the hour, day, or even week. Complimenting the moorings and watercraft rentals, this facility has refreshments, bait, tackle, and a good selection of fishing gear for sale. Located on the northeast side of the 2.5-mile causeway, which bridges the state of Pennsylvania with Ohio, it is easily accessible from PA 285. An 850-foot breakwall doubles as an accessible fishing pier and attracts fisherman as well as boaters and sightseers to this beautiful marina. For more information contact the concessionaire at 724-927-2001.
GPS DD: 41.60877 -80.50145

Linesville Marina Concession: A 170-slip marina accommodates yearly moorings April 1 through October 31, in addition to having a variety of rental watercraft available to lease by the hour, day, or even week. This facility also has snacks, bait, tackle, firewood and a good selection of fishing gear. Located at the “end of the road” two miles west of Linesville off of West Erie Street Extension, it is complimented by other state park facilities including a beach, campground, and cabin area. A 280-foot accessible fishing pier adjacent to this marina is a popular fishing spot in the spring, summer, and early fall. For more information contact the concessionaire at 814-683-4339.
GPS DD: 41.65715 -80.46094


Shenango River Water Trail: This is a canoe and kayak trail that follows the Shenango River from just below the Dam to Riverside Park in Greenville. The trip takes about 3.5 hours to cover the 9 river miles. Conditions are best when the river gage at the Dam is between 4.75 and 5.5. It is not recommended to use the river when the gage is over 5.75. The meandering river shoreline is mostly forested and provides close-up views of many species of ducks, birds of prey, and songbirds. Also be on the lookout for deer, beavers, and muskrats.

Visit the U.S. Geological Survey Web site for the water level of the Shenango River at Pymatuning Dam. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?site_no=03101500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.A young man fishes from the shore below the fishing pier at Pymatuning State Park, Pennsylvania.Fishing: The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir is a warmwater fishery. Common species are walleye, muskellunge, carp, crappie, perch, bluegill and largemouth and smallmouth bass. Ice fishing during the winter months is also popular. When fishing by boat, fishing licenses issued by either Ohio or Pennsylvania are honored anywhere on the lake. When fishing from the shore, only Ohio licensed fishermen can fish from the Ohio shore and Pennsylvania licensed fishermen from the Pennsylvania shore. There is ADA accessible fishing access in the Jamestown Day Use Area and ADA accessible fishing piers at the Espyville and Linesville marinas and the Shenango River.

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 10,300 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel and waterfowl. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Wildlife Management Area has controlled shooting during the annual waterfowl season. Special areas are also established for duck hunting. Public hunting is available in many areas surrounding the controlled shooting section. A propagation area comprising 2,500 acres of water provides a protected location for migratory waterfowl during their flights north and south.

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, par 66, disc golf course is located in the Jamestown Day Use Area near the park office. Score cards are available at the first and tenth hole tees along the road leading to Beach 2 and Pavilion 4. The course is set up in two loops (Front 9 and Back 9) starting and ending at Pavilion 4.


Hiking: 7 miles of trails
There are trails near Tuttle Point and Jamestown Campground. The abandoned railroad grade on the Spillway is a flat, wide trail.

Tamarack Trail: 1 mile, more difficult hiking
Located along West Lake Road just past the Century Club, Tamarack Trail is named for the deciduous conifer trees that grow in the area. The trail passes through a mixed deciduous forest of black cherry, maple and tamarack trees. As the trail winds along the edge of Beaver Dam Pond, hikers catch a glimpse of great blue herons, red-tailed hawks or warblers. This loop trail connects with the Beaver Dam Trail.

Beaver Dam Trail: 0.5 mile, easiest hiking
This trail is a spur off the Tamarack Trail. It traverses a wetland via a walkway, connecting to a waterfowl observation deck where the quiet observer may watch for basking turtles in the pond, dragonflies and flycatchers. Trailhead is located along West Lake Road just past the Century Club.

Log Cabin Trail: 1 mile, more difficult hiking
To access this trail, use the Tamarack Trailhead along West Lake Road and proceed right at the Y-intersection of Tamarack Trail. Watch for trail markings (yellow blazes) on the trees.

This trail runs behind the Jamestown cabins through a forested area. Just after starting on the trail, there is a large opening in the forest to the right. The blown down trees are from a severe storm in 2012. New growth and signs of forest regeneration can be seen. After crossing Adams Road, the trail continues past the cabins. Log Cabin Trail ends at West Lake Road; however, the Camp Store Trail can be picked up by turning left and following the road approximately 100 feet before crossing the road. This trail leads to the Jamestown Campground.

Camp Store Trail: 0.5 mile, easiest hiking
The Camp Store Trail is accessed in the Jamestown Campground across from the camp store and connects with the Log Cabin Trail.

Pet Connector Trail: 0.25 mile, easiest hiking
This trail provides access from the extra car parking lot to the Log Cabin Trail, so that campers with pets do not walk through the non-pet area of the campground.

Sugar Run Trail: 1 mile, more difficult hiking
The trailhead begins below the dam at Shelter 1. Follow the trail across the Shenango River and turn right. This hiking and snowmobile trail runs along the beautiful tree-lined Sugar Run. Stop and listen for songbirds, relax by the small rapids and check out the large sandstone rocks lining the stream bottom and banks.

Spillway Trail: 2.5 miles, easiest hiking
The linear Spillway Trail can be accessed at either Fries Road (Linesville) or at the Spillway parking lot. This former railroad bed is now a multi-use trail that is great for walking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. Summer months find yellow warblers darting along the path. Spring brings in the migrating waterfowl where numerous species of ducks, tundra swans, grebes and eagles can be seen. The sunsets along the trail are some of the best in the park.

Stay the Night


A family lounges by a campfire in the Linesville Campground at Pymatuning State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
There are two camping areas that are open from mid-April through mid-October. Contact the park for specific dates. All campgrounds are near swimming, boating, fishing and hiking and have a sanitary dump station. The maximum stay in all camping areas is fourteen days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

In the northern part of the park, Linesville Campground has modern facilities, including showers, flush toilets and ADA accessible campsites. About half of the campsites have electricity. Pets are permitted on selected sites.
GPS DD: 41.65715, -80.46094

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On the south side of Pymatuning Reservoir, Jamestown Campground modern facilities, including showers and flush toilets. About half of the campsites have electricity. There is a boat launch, beach, camp store, amphitheater and a playground. Pets are permitted on designated sites.
GPS DD: 41.51762 -80.50664

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The Jamestown Campground Campstore and Laundry Concession has a variety of camping supplies including washers and dryers, food, ice, firewood, and an unmatched assortment of “penny” candy for the kids. The campstore is generally open Memorial Day through Labor Day. For additional information contact the concessionaire at 724-932-3782

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: six host positions – three in Jamestown Campground, one in Linesville Campground
The campground hosts are required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week with a four-week minimum stay. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.The host sites have the following amenities:

  • Jamestown Campground – 50/30-amp electric service
  • Linesville Campground – 50-amp electric service

This modern log cabin can be rented at Pymatuning State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Modern Cabins: All cabins have a furnished living area, kitchen/dining area, toilet/shower room and two or three bedrooms. Kitchens include an oven, stove top, microwave oven, refrigerator and a coffee pot with basket filters. Occupants must bring linens, towels, cookware and tableware.

Twenty modern cabins located near the Jamestown Campground are available for year-round use. Cabin 20 is ADA accessible. Cabins 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9 have two bedrooms, one with a full bed and one with two sets of single bunk beds. Cabins 4, 6 and 10 have three bedrooms, one with a full bed, one with two sets of single bunk beds and one with one set of single bunk beds. Cabins 11 - 20 have two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with two sets of single bunk beds. Cabins 1 - 4 are dog friendly.
GPS DD: 41.51712 -80.5

Five ADA accessible, modern cabins by the Linesville Campground are open from mid-April to late-October. Linesville cabins (21 - 25) have two bedrooms, one with a queen bed, and one with both a full bed and one set of single bunk beds.
GPS DD: 41.66096 -80.46425

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Organized Group Tenting: This rustic area can serve groups up to 400 people and is in the Jamestown area.

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Winter Activities


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Cross-country Skiing: Most open areas of the park are open to cross-country skiing.


Sledding: The slopes of the dam are good for sledding.


Snowmobiling: Fries Road Trail by Tuttle Point and the abandoned railroad grade by the spillway provide five miles of trails for snowmobiles. In the Jamestown area, there are additional trails and open fields.


Ice Fishing: Walleye, perch and crappie are the fish most often caught through the ice of the 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir.


Iceboating: Iceboating is permitted everywhere on the lake.


Environmental Education and Interpretation


Pymatuning State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, recreational experiences and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Program topics include history, wildlife, plants, nature photography and outdoor recreation. Kayaking along the shores gives the visitor a close-up view of songbirds, waterfowl, eagles and glacial geology.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office. Programs are offered year-round.

For information on programs or if your group would like to schedule a program, contact the park office.

Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.

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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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