Canoe Creek State Park

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Canoe Creek State Park


(814) 695-6807

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The 958-acre Canoe Creek State Park is in scenic Sinking Valley, 12 miles east of Altoona. Canoe Creek State Park is a modern facility developed during the Project 70 expansion era of state parks and was dedicated in 1979. The vast openness of this 958-acre park is exemplified with a panoramic view when cresting the hill on Canoe Creek Road. Fields and woodlots are managed to provide diversified habitat for small game species and a variety of wildlife. This beautiful park features a 155-acre lake, wetlands, old fields and mature forests, which provide critical habitat for migrating birds and for one of the largest bat colonies in the Commonwealth. Old fields, wetlands, a lake and a limestone deep mine are interspersed with deciduous woodlots, which provide excellent habitat for over 200 species of birds and mammals. The lake is popular for fishing year-round. Hikers enjoy the trails that wind through the many habitats. Picnicking, swimming at the beach, and staying the night in a modern cabin are also popular activities. Canoe Creek State Park offers many popular environmental education and interpretive programs for families, private groups and school groups. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Map of Canoe Creek (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.487462, -78.280859



  • Boating

    The 155-acre Canoe Lake has boat launching areas on both sides of the lake. Boat mooring is available along the eastern shoreline. The boat rental, adjacent to the swimming area, rents rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes.

  • Bicycling

    e one-mile Bike Trail is between US 22 and Mattern Road. The trail passes through the day use area and the historic site. The trail explores many habitats in the park, like forests, riparian areas, wetlands and fields. Bikes are prohibited on hiking and equestrian trails.

  • Camping

    Eight modern cabins overlook the lake and sleep six people. Cabins offer electric heat, two bedrooms, living room/dining room, bathroom, kitchen and modern conveniences throughout. A fire ring and picnic table are by each cabin. The cabins are within walking distance of the swimming area and are available for year-round rental. The rental period in the summer is one week. During the remainder of the year, they may be rented for a minimum of two days.

  • Fishing

    The beautiful 155-acre Canoe Lake is stocked with walleye, muskellunge, bass, trout, chain pickerel, catfish, crappies and other panfish. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Ice fishing is a popular winter activity during the extended trout season.

  • Hiking

    Eight miles of trails explore forests, fields, wetlands, shrubby areas, historic areas and the lakeshore.

  • Historic Sites

    An education center highlights the historical and natural resources of the park. Near the modern cabins, the center is open year-round and provides brochures on the education program and the wildlife of the park.

  • Horseback Riding

    Equestrian trails loop through the north side of the park. Mattern, Hartman, and parts of Moore's Hill trails can be reached from the parking lot off of Mattern Road. Horse rentals are not available in the area.

  • Hunting

    About 550 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant and rabbit.

  • Picnicking

    Scenic, shaded areas on the east and west sides of the park provide many options for picnics and gatherings. There are picnic tables, charcoal grills and charcoal disposal units.

  • Water Sports

    The sand beach is open from May to September, 8 a.m. to sunset.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The Frank Felbaum Bat Sanctuary is one of the largest nursery colonies of little brown bats in Pennsylvania. On warm summer evenings, visitors attend bat programs and watch the exit of the bats. A deep limestone mine is a hibernaculum (where animals hibernate) for almost 30,000 bats of six species, including the federally endangered Indiana bat.

  • Winter Sports

    All hiking, equestrian and biking trails are available for cross-country skiing.



To reach Canoe Creek State Park, travel on US 22, until you arrive at the small village of Canoe Creek (seven miles east of Hollidaysburg), turn north on the Turkey Valley Road for one half mile to Canoe Creek Road, on the right.

Phone Numbers


(814) 695-6807