Kettle Creek State Park

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Kettle Creek State Park

Pennsylvania

(570) 923-6004

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Overview

Kettle Creek State Park consists of 1,793 acres along Kettle Creek in western Clinton County. The park is in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain and wilderness. Kettle Creek State Park is named after the popular trout stream that flows through the area. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed the original park in what is now the Lower Campground. Many of the existing recreational facilities arose from a joint flood control project developed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. These days, visitors can hike or bike the vast network of trails that connect to outer state forest lands. Trail map are available at the park office and can help visitors map out an appropriate route. The 7-acre Kettle Creek Lake also provides a variety of recreational activities, such as superb fishing and boating. Kettle Creek State Park is a great destination for people of all interests.

Map of Kettle Creek (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.394901, -77.925448

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 167-acre Kettle Creek Reservoir has a boat launch and boat mooring for 60 vessels at its northern end. An overnight mooring permit is required. Sailboards and sailboats are permitted. Overnight mooring for park campers is also available, free of charge.

  • Bicycling

    The five-mile trail starts at the day use parking lot and travels onto state forest trails and roads before returning to the park. Trail maps are available at the park office.

  • Camping

    The park has two camping areas open from early April through deer season in December. Both campgrounds overlook the waterfront and offer scenic views and a quiet setting. The Lower Campground has 41 sites; 36 sites with electric hookups. The Upper Campground has 27 sites; 12 sites with electric hookups. Both areas have a variety of level, sunny/shaded sites that accommodate tents or trailers. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

  • Fishing

    The 167-acre Kettle Creek Reservoir is noted for its trout and bass fishing. Also found in the lake are brown bullhead, sucker and panfish. The Lower Campground is beside the seven-acre Kettle Creek Lake, a very popular fishing area. Kettle Creek is noted for its excellent water quality that supports a healthy aquatic population. Mine drainage limits the fishing quality below the Lower Campground. Many excellent native trout streams also surround the park.

  • Hiking

    Novice and experienced hikers will find an abundance of trails in the park area. Short day-hikes are possible on the many park trails. Backpackers can enjoy the 53-mile Donut Hole Trail with an access parking lot across from the Lower Campground. This trail connects onto several other trail systems.

  • Historic Sites

    Please contact the park for information on historical/cultural tours.

  • Horseback Riding

    An equestrian trail, 22 miles in length, starts at Beaverdam Run and travels through the Sproul State Forest before returning to the trailhead. Overnight camping at the trailhead is by permit only.

  • Hunting

    Most of the park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, grouse, squirrel, bear and turkey.

  • Picnicking

    The picnic area is below the park office along Bearfield Run and Kettle Creek Reservoir. About 200 picnic tables with charcoal grills, hot coal disposal and water hydrants are scattered throughout this area. Sunny and shaded picnic sites are available. Restrooms are at the beach and across from the park office. Softball and volleyball areas are provided along with playground sets at several locations. Several large open fields provide excellent play areas for groups of all sizes. The Pine Grove Picnic Area is available for reservations. A large memorial picnic pavilion with electric hookup, overlooking the lake, is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • RVing

    The park has two camping areas open from early April through deer season in December. Both campgrounds overlook the waterfront and offer scenic views and a quiet setting. The Lower Campground has 41 sites; 36 sites with electric hookups. The Upper Campground has 27 sites; 12 sites with electric hookups. Both areas have a variety of level, sunny/shaded sites that accommodate tents or trailers. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

  • Water Sports

    Boating and fishing is permitted.

  • Winter Sports

    The 167-acre Kettle Creek Reservoir is stocked with trout for the winter season. Cross-country skiing is permitted throughout the park. The gentle slopes below the park office make for excellent tobogganing/sledding.

Directions

Driving

The park is along SR 4001, seven miles north of Westport and PA 120.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(570) 923-6004

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