Foster Joseph Sayers Dam

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Foster Joseph Sayers Dam

Pennsylvania

(814) 625-2775

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Overview

This 100-foot high and 1.3 mile long dam forms Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir. Completed in 1969, the reservoir is named in honor of Foster Joseph Sayers, a Private 1st Class in World War II. The 1,730-acre lake is the focal point for water-based recreation at Bald Eagle State Park.

Recreation facilities are operated and maintained by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) as Bald Eagle State Park. DCNR leases 5,900 acres with the following facilities: beach, marina, picnic areas, boat launches and camping. Howard Borough also leases, operates, and maintains a five-acre community park. Sanitary facilities were constructed under a tri-party agreement among the Commonwealth, the Howard Borough Authority and the federal government.

The 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park is in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania. The 1,730-acre lake laps the flanks Bald Eagle Mountain, surrounded by forests, fields and wetlands. With two campgrounds, boating, fishing, swimming and diverse habitats that are excellent for wildlife watching, Bald Eagle State Park is a great destination in the heart of Pennsylvania.

Recreational facilities are a result of a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Bureau of State Parks.

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Latitude, Longitude: 41.044850, -77.621324

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat launch open until mid-February, weather permitting and marina closes Oct 31. The speed limit on the 1,730-acre lake is 45 mph. Boaters must follow the counterclockwise traffic pattern on the lake.

    Boats equipped with inboard engines with over-the-transom or straight-stack type exhausts are not permitted.

    Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

  • Camping

    This modern camping area features 97 campsites, two yurts, three camping cottages, hot showers, the park amphitheater, a sanitary dump station and is less than one mile from the beach, marina and other park facilities. The campground opens the second Friday of April and closes in mid-December. Each campsite has a paved parking spur, picnic table and fire ring. Electric hookups of 30 amps are available at most sites, and some campsites have 50 amp hookups. Two campsites accommodate people with disabilities. Pets are permitted on designated sites.

    Vehicles are to be parked on the hard surface only, not on the grass. Second car permits can be purchased if space permits.

    Primitive Camping: This rustic area has 35 walk-in sites for tents and 35 sites reserved for camping vehicles. The tent camping sites are walk-ins and are about 150 feet from the road. Parking spaces for tent campers are along the road. Drinking water is available along the campground road. Restrooms have vault toilets and a sink with running water. A sanitary dump station is available.

  • Fishing

    The 1,730-acre Sayers Reservoir and its 23 miles of shoreline offers excellent warm water fishing. Common species are crappie, yellow perch, tiger muskellunge, channel catfish and largemouth and smallmouth bass. The lake is a panfish enhancement waterway and special regulations apply. An ADA accessible fishing pier is at the Winter Launch in the Main Park Area. Ice fishing is permitted. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.

  • Hiking

    A network of 11 miles of hiking trails guides hikers through a variety of habitats. Explore trails for detailed descriptions of the trails.

  • Hunting

    About 4,910 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are white-tailed deer, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit. Hunting is also available on nearby State Game Lands 92 and 252.

    Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to 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.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas around the lake all have picnic tables, grills and restrooms. Picnic areas open at sunrise and close at sunset. 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.

    All boat launch areas have picnic tables, grills and restrooms.

  • RVing

    This modern camping area features 97 campsites, two yurts, three camping cottages, hot showers, the park amphitheater, a sanitary dump station and is less than one mile from the beach, marina and other park facilities. The campground opens the second Friday of April and closes in mid-December. Each campsite has a paved parking spur, picnic table and fire ring. Electric hookups of 30 amps are available at most sites, and some campsites have 50 amp hookups. Two campsites accommodate people with disabilities. Pets are permitted on designated sites.

    Vehicles are to be parked on the hard surface only, not on the grass. Second car permits can be purchased if space permits.

  • Water Sports

    The 1,200-foot long sand and turf beach has a children's playground, snack bar, changing rooms, public restrooms and parking. The regular hours are 8 a.m. to sunset, Memorial Day to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Swim at your own risk. Please follow posted rules for swimming. The swimming area is ADA accessible. Pets are prohibited in the beach area.

    A food and refreshment concession is in the beach area and offers hot sandwiches and snacks. It is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice Fishing: About 630 acres of the lake are available during the winter. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.

    Ice Skating: Ice skating is permitted on the lake. Ice thickness is not monitored.

    Sledding and Tobogganing: About five acres of cleared hillside allows for a 1,320-foot run. The slope faces the modern campground and is accessed from Skyline Drive near Pavilion #5.

    Cross-country Skiing: Some park trails and open areas are suitable for cross-country skiing. About seven miles of ungroomed trails are available with proper snow conditions.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round.

Directions

Driving

Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County, is along PA 150 between Milesburg and Lock Haven. From the I-80 west, take Exit 158 to PA 150 north for about 10 miles. From the I-80 east, take Exit 178 to US 220 north, to PA 150 south for about 13 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(814) 625-2775

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