Milton State Park

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Milton State Park

Pennsylvania

(570) 988-5557

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Overview

Milton State Park is an 82-acre island on the West Branch Susquehanna River, between the Boroughs of Milton and West Milton. The northern half of the park has day use facilities and the southern half remains in a wooded state for hiking and nature study. In 1762, Marcus Huling Jr. claimed the big island, which eventually came to be called Montgomery Island. Within a decade, he planted an apple orchard. At this time, this part of the state was claimed by Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Eventually the land came to be controlled by the Straub Brothers, who in 1824 built a dam across part of the river and erected a sawmill and gristmill. The brothers won the contract to build a bridge across the river between the three islands. The mills eventually became unprofitable and the island was only used as farmland. Floods continually washed away parts of the bridge, which were rebuilt. By the early 1900s, farming ceased and there were now two islands, one of the smaller islands having joined the big island, making it even larger. The island was subdivided to many owners and part became athletic fields. The Milton Rotary Club worked to consolidate the deeds to one title for the Borough of Milton, who then transferred the title to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1966. The floodwaters of Hurricane Agnes completely covered the island in 1972. Federal relief money helped rebuild the facilities. In 1987, PA 624 was relocated across the island, providing a new boat launch and transferring the final piece of property to state park control. Today, Milton State Park has soccer fields that are popular attractions for local clubs and the public.

Map of Milton (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.019624, -76.860489

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat launch is on the east side of the island. River elevations vary with the seasons and generally are not deep enough for large watercraft.

  • Bicycling

    Contact park regarding bicycle use.

  • Fishing

    The Susquehanna River has warm water and cold water fishing. Common species are smallmouth bass, panfish and catfish.

  • Hiking

    A trail explores the riverine habitats of the south side of the river island. There is a 0.5 mile stone walking path in the middle of the island.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic tables, drinking water, and charcoal grills. A seasonal restroom is open from late spring to late fall. Please dispose of charcoal in the proper facilities.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports incldue fishing, boating, and canoeing.

Directions

Driving

Access the park via PA 642 off of PA 147 on the east, and from US 15 at West Milton.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(570) 988-5557

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