Ryerson Station State Park
Ryerson Station State Park is in Greene County in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, near the West Virginia border. The 1,164-acre park features the 62-acre Ronald J. Duke Lake that is named in memory of a former manager of Ryerson Station State Park. The lake is currently drawn down for dam safety issues.
Picnicking: Picnic tables are available throughout the park, along with charcoal grills, drinking water and restrooms. Some of these facilities are ADA accessible. A small, children’s play area is in the main picnic area.
The park has five picnic pavilions. Three 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: Weather permitting, a free pool is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. The pool complex is ADA accessible, including a lift for the pool.
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Boating: There are currently no boating opportunities in the park.The 62-acre Ronald J. Duke Lake is currently drawn down for dam safety issues. Efforts are ongoing to rebuild the dam.
Fishing: The 62-acre Ronald J. Duke Lake is currently drawn down for dam safety issues. Efforts are ongoing to rebuild the dam.
North Fork of Dunkard Fork flows through the lakebed and offers fishing for trout and panfish. In the spring, the PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks the creek downstream from the breastwork of the old dam and upstream of the lakebed, near the Iron Bridge.
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: Over 900 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, squirrel and turkey. Early and late goose hunting may occur.
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: 13 miles of trails
Camping: rustic sites, some with elec.
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: one host position in the rustic campground
Camping Cottages: Located in the campground, the two cottages sleep five people in bunk beds, and have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets. Parking for up to two vehicles is available at each cottage.
Organized Group Tenting: A rustic camping area is available for organized adult or youth groups from the second Friday in April to the end of September. The area can accommodate up to 100 people and provides vault toilets, drinking water, fire rings, picnic tables and a pavilion. Reservations are required.
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Cross-country Skiing: Cross-country skiing is permitted on the un-groomed hiking trails and open areas throughout the park.
Sledding: Several small hills throughout the park are suitable for sledding.
Snowmobiling: Six miles of snowmobile trails are available for use by registered snowmobiles from the day following the last deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.
Ice Fishing: There are currently no ice fishing opportunities in the park.
Ice Skating: An ice skating area is in the Maple Grove Day Use Area. Contact the park office for ice skating opportunities.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
A variety of programs are offered during the summer season. The park environmental educator offers evening programs in the amphitheater on summer weekends, and guided hikes several times a week. Interpretive programs are also conducted at the environmental learning classroom in the park office.
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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.