Pennsylvania state parks provide almost unlimited opportunities for fishing and boating fun. Pennsylvania has giant lakes like Pymatuning (17,000 acres) down to small ponds set aside for children and ADA accessible fishing only. You can also fish in the Susquehanna or the Delaware rivers, and other major and minor rivers. Pennsylvania abounds in those small bodies of water called anything from streams, creeks, licks and runs.
Remember these Important Rules
- Know and obey the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks.
- All anglers 16 years and older must have a current Pennsylvania fishing license. Buy a license.
- Boat operators are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations for watercraft in the areas that they boat, and are responsible for the actions of all people on board their boat. Children eight years and younger, and non-swimmers must wear life jackets when boating.
- Please properly dispose of tangled fishing line to prevent wildlife from becoming trapped and injured. Please do not litter.
For complete fishing information visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Ice fishing has an allure all its own. Some say it's peaceful. Some say it's relaxing. Some say it's invigorating. Most say it's crazy. But there is nothing like walking on a frozen lake, carving a hole and pulling up elusive fish from the mysterious depths below. Pennsylvania state parks have many lakes for you to find the ice fishing hole for you.
Find out where to go with our weekly winter activities report, online from mid-December until spring thaw.
Remember these important rules:
For complete ice fishing information visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
The parks listed here have lakes that typically freeze thick enough for ice fishing. For a listing of all fishing locations in PA state parks, explore the Fishing page.
Ice Fishing Safety
Please follow these general guidelines for a safe ice fishing adventure.