Parker Dam State Park

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Parker Dam State Park

Pennsylvania

(814) 765-0630

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Overview

This rustic, remote park in the heart of Moshannon State Forest is almost entirely wooded and offers picturesque areas of forest and swamp meadows, pine plantations and mixed hardwoods. The CCC Interpretive Center interprets the Civilian Conservation Corps. Parker Dam State Park also offers year-round environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources. A small-scale, interpretive maple-sugaring operation runs throughout March. Apple-cidering is demonstrated each October. Parker Dam State Park and the surrounding Moshannon State Forest harbor deep forests where wildlife thrives in unbroken wilderness. In conifer forests look for black-throated green and Blackburnian warblers and ravens. The shy ovenbird and American redstart make the deciduous forest their home. Look for turkey in Abbot Hollow, and along Laurel Ridge and Mud Run roads. Parker Dam is a good base to explore the surrounding state forest. The 968-acre Parker Dam State Park offers old-fashioned charm and character. A scenic lake, rustic cabins, quaint campground and unbounded forest make Parker Dam an ideal spot for a relaxing vacation. For wilderness explorers, Parker Dam provides a gateway to the vast expanses of the Moshannon State Forest. You can walk through a tornado ravaged woods, backpack into the 50,000-acre Quehanna Wilderness, mountain bike to your heart's content or enjoy quiet solitude searching for elusive Pennsylvania elk.

Map of Parker Dam (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.194077, -78.504208

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 20-acre Parker Lake has courtesy mooring spaces are available for overnight guests. A seasonal boat concession rents paddleboats, canoes and rowboats from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

  • Bicycling

    Contact the park office regarding the use of bicycles at the park.

  • Camping

    The modern camping area is on the eastern edge of the lake and has completely shaded sites to open grassy sites. It is open from the second Friday in April through mid-December and has a sanitary dump station. Electric hookups are available at most campsites. A seasonal camp store has camping equipment and supplies. The maximum stay is 14 days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Surrounded by trees, the 16 rustic cabins can be rented year-round. The cabins sleep 4, 6 or 8 people. Each cabin has a nearby modern restroom with a sink, shower and flush toilet. Cabins are heated by gas and a fireplace. Each cabin has bunk beds, mattresses, gas cooking stove, refrigerator, tables and chairs.

  • Fishing

    The 20-acre Parker Lake and many trout streams are popular with anglers throughout the year. Brook trout are stocked in the spring, fall and winter. Anglers also can catch largemouth bass, bluegills and brown bullhead.

  • Hiking

    Many hiking trails begin or pass through Parker Dam State Park and continue into the surrounding Moshannon State Forest. The park is the western trailhead of the Quehanna Trail System. Through a series of loops and connecting trails, this system offers over 73 miles of hiking opportunities of one to five nights in duration. This trail connects with the Susquehannock Trail System near Sinnamahoning PA. There is no backpack camping in the park.

  • Hunting

    About 526 acres of the park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, grouse, bear, rabbit and squirrel.

  • Picnicking

    Many picnic tables, with charcoal grills, restrooms and drinking fountains, are scattered through a mostly wooded area. Of the seven picnic pavilions, five have lights and electric outlets. Choose from modern, open pavilions or cozy, stone, CCC-built pavilions. Each picnic pavilion holds about 75 people.

  • RVing

    The modern camping area is on the eastern edge of the lake and has completely shaded sites to open grassy sites. It is open from the second Friday in April through mid-December and has a sanitary dump station. Electric hookups are available at most campsites.

  • Water Sports

    The beautiful sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset.

  • Winter Sports

    Trout are stocked during late fall for anglers. There is no winter stocking through the ice. Snowshoes can be used throughout the park. Conditions permitting, an ice skating area is maintained at the swimming area. Ice thickness is monitored for safety.

Directions

Driving

Parker Dam State Park is in northern Clearfield County. From Interstate 80, take Exit 111 onto Route 153 North for 5.5 miles. Turn right onto Mud Run Road, and then drive 2.5 miles to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(814) 765-0630

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