Bald Eagle State Park

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Bald Eagle State Park

Pennsylvania

(814) 625-2775

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Overview

Bald Eagle State Park opened to the public on July 4, 1971. The dam and reservoir were named in honor of Foster Joseph Sayers, a Private 1st Class in World War II. Nineteen year-old Sayers, a resident of Centre County, lost his life while displaying gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in combat on November 12, 1944, near Thionville, France. The 5,900-acre park lies in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania. Today, two geologic provinces create Bald Eagle's scenic beauty. The Allegheny Plateau to the north and west holds smooth, undulating uplands. The Ridge and Valley Province to the south and east contains numerous long, narrow mountain ridges separated by valleys. Bald Eagle State Park offers visitors a great range of outdoor activities to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A network of 11 miles of hiking trails guides hikers through a variety of habitats that offer scenic views and wildlife watching opportunities. Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, a 1,730-acre lake, is the focal point for water-based recreation in the park. With five boat launches available at all times, this reservoir is an ideal site for all water activities. The nearly eight-mile long lake has 23 miles of shoreline as well. Bald Eagle State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs year-round. Through guided walks, hands-on activities, and campfire programs, visitors gain appreciation and awareness toward the natural and historical resources.

Map of Bald Eagle (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.015170, -77.657166

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Activities

  • Boating

    The speed limit on the 1,730-acre lake is 45 mph. Boaters must follow the counterclockwise traffic pattern on the lake. Three hundred and sixty-nine marina dockage slips can be rented on a seasonal basis. Transient slips are rented on a daily basis.

  • Camping

    Modern campground host site amenities include 30-amp electric service with a water and sewer hookup. The primitive host site currently does not provide any amenities.

    The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is a new 18,500-square-foot, 16-room building that overlooks the park's lake and will provide full-service accommodations. This modern inn, unique to the park system, focuses on outdoor recreation and stewardship, making maximum use of green building technologies, while serving as a premier interpretive facility for bird watching.

  • 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.

  • Hiking

    Skyline Drive Trail meanders up a small forested ridge of mixed hardwoods to Warbler Way. Lakeside Trail is a very rocky, flat trail runs along the base of Bald Eagle Mountain. Hunter Run West Trail weaves around the foothills of the Allegheny Plateau. This mowed pathway slopes through a mix of forested areas and field habitats and guides hikers through natural forest succession. Following the northwest border of the park toward Hunter Run West Boat Launch, Hunter Run East Trail winds up and down beneath a mixed forest and through open shrub areas providing favorite habitat for chickadees, towhees, and catbirds. Butterfly Trail has opportunities for close encounters with butterflies in their natural setting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • RVing

    Russell P. Letterman campground is a 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.

  • 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.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The diverse geology in the park provides the backdrop for the lake, forests, fields, wetlands, and streams. Old field habitat throughout the park is undergoing natural succession. Grasses are giving way to goldenrod and asters, and gray dogwood and sumacs are being pushed out by pines and maples. These fields provide homes for bluebird, monarch butterfly, woodchuck, and cottontail rabbit, while squirrel and downy woodpecker inhabit the woodlots. A mature oak and hickory forest covers the Bald Eagle Mountain and provides homes for porcupine and turkey. The edge habitat created when old fields meet woods and wetlands, allows white-tailed deer, woodcock and red-winged blackbird to thrive.

  • Winter Sports

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

Directions

Driving

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

Phone Numbers

Primary

(814) 625-2775

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