Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park is 3,983 acres of Pennsylvania’s scenic Ridge and Valley Province. Ten miles west of the historic town of Bedford along US 30, Shawnee has modern recreational facilities that blend into the natural environment. A focal point of the park is the 451-acre Shawnee Lake.
Hiking - Biking - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Disc Golf - Education - Cross-country Skiing - Sledding - Snowmobiling - Ice Fishing - Ice Skating - Organized Group Tenting - Yurts - Shawnee Lodge - Camping Cottages - Camping
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Picnic tables, charcoal grills, water fountains and restrooms are scattered around the park. Five 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. Picnic Pavilion #3 is ADA accessible.
Swimming: The sand and turf beach has modern bathhouses with flush toilets and showers. Vending machines are available. The beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8:00 AM to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules.
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Boating: electric motors only
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.
Fishing: The 451-acre Shawnee Lake is stocked with warm-water game fish. Common game species are smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, catfish, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, sunfish, sucker, bullhead and carp. An ADA accessible fishing pier is by the Diehl Boat Launch.
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 3,000 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, rabbit, squirrel and grouse.
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 vehicle or enclosed trailer. 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: 16 miles of trails
Biking: 7.5 miles of trails
Disc Golfing: The 9-hole, 3 par course in the main day use area has nice distance holes and an up-and-over-the-hill challenge.
Camping: modern sites, some with electric
There is a sanitary dump station and centrally located washhouses with flush toilets, showers and laundry tubs. The camping season begins the second Friday in April and ends in late December.
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: two host positions in the modern campground
Camping Cottages: The three cottages sleep five people in bunk beds, and have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets.
Yurts: These round, canvas and wood walled tents have a wooden deck and sleep five people in bunk beds. Yurts have a cooking stove, microwave oven, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring and picnic table.
Shawnee Lodge: This two-story house is on an island in Lake Shawnee. It sleeps eight people in four bedrooms with two double beds and four single beds. The lodge has air conditioning and a modern kitchen. A fire ring and picnic table are in the yard. Renters should bring their own linens, towels and dishes.
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Organized Group Tenting: On the secluded Kegg Run finger of the lake, the organized group tenting area offers campers easy access to fishing, and canoe and kayak launching. Four campsites each have a capacity of 20 campers or a total capacity of 80. The camp has composting toilets and a hand-pumped well. Each site has picnic tables and a fire ring. Organized youth and adult groups can rent the area mid-April through mid-October. Advance reservations are required.
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Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing: Most trails are suitable for novice and experienced skiers and snowshoers. Lake Shore is the most popular trail.
Sledding: A large area of hillsides near Picnic Area #2 is great for sledding.
Snowmobiling: Registered snowmobiles are permitted on an 11-mile trail network in the eastern side of the park.
Ice Fishing: Common species caught through the ice are yellow perch, northern pike, walleye, and pickerel. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Ice Skating: An area at Colvin Boat Launch is popular when conditions permit. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
The park environmental interpreter conducts a summer program of nature walks and evening programs that focus on the natural and historical resources of the park and surrounding landscape.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.
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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.