Yellow Creek State Park

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Yellow Creek State Park

Pennsylvania

(724) 357-7913

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Overview

The 2,981-acre Yellow Creek State Park is in Indiana County along one of the first "highways" in the state, the Kittanning Path. This trail was used by the Delaware and Shawnee nations and by early settlers. Today, visitors enjoy the sand beach, picnicking and the educational programs. The 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake is a destination for boaters and anglers. The lake and park are an important rest stop for migrating birds. The park is named for Yellow and Little Yellow creeks, which create the lake. The creeks have lots of yellow clay in the banks and bottoms. As part of its plan to have a state park within 25 miles of every resident of Pennsylvania, the former Department of Forests and Waters began acquiring land for a park in 1963. An earth and rock dam, creating a 720-acre lake, was completed in 1969. The park was dedicated on July 4, 1976. An additional 159 acres of developed land were purchased in 1982. The lake provides excellent viewing for wildlife and recreational activities.

Map of Yellow Creek (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.576171, -79.030098

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake has boat launching ramps on the north shore, the south shore, in the beach/day-use area and also a small launch in Grampaps Cove. A boat rental in the beach/day use area offers motorboats, canoes, rowboats, paddleboats, pontoon boats and small sailboats.

  • Bicycling

    The mountain bike trails on the north and south shores are for hikers and bikers. The trails are easy riding with some challenging sections, which have alternate routes to bypass the obstacles.

  • Camping

    There are four Mongolian-style tents are round, on a wooden deck and sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring and picnic table. Six 13' by 15' cottages are along the lakeshore near McFeaters Cove. Each cottage sleeps five people in single bunks and double/single bunks. The cottages have wooden floors, windows, porch, picnic table, fire ring, and electric lights and outlets.

  • Fishing

    The 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake is well stocked with most warm-water game fish and panfish. These include smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, tiger muskellunge, yellow perch, bluegill and catfish. There is an ADA accessible fishing pier on the north shore. Laurel Run, Yellow Creek and Little Yellow Creek are stocked with brown and brook trout and provide excellent trout fishing.

  • Hiking

    Laurel Run Trail is a 0.5-mile loop which starts at the park office. This easy hike is especially beautiful in the spring when wildflowers abound. Ridgetop Trail is a challenging 2-mile trail. It begins in the beach/day-use area and winds through a variety of habitats. Damsite Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that offers a view of the Yellow Creek dam. To get to this trail, follow PA 259 south from the park office. After taking a right turn at the stop sign, turn onto Hoffman Road, the second road to your right. This road ends at a small parking area where Damsite Trail begins.

  • Hunting

    Most of Yellow Creek State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, bear, turkey and waterfowl.

  • Picnicking

    The beach/day use area has parking for over 4,000 people. Picnic tables, modern restrooms and a limited number of charcoal grills are scattered throughout the area. Visitors are urged to provide their own grills. Open ground fires are not permitted in the park.

  • Water Sports

    The 800-foot beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. A large, modern bathhouse and a snack bar are in the beach area.

  • Winter Sports

    Sunfish, perch and pike are caught most frequently through the ice at Yellow Creek. The lake near the boat rental building in the beach/day use area is available for ice skating. No special area or trail system has been developed for these winter sports, the park has many opportunities for cross-country skiers and snowshoers of all levels of experience. Trails, open fields, forested areas and abandoned roads may all be used for exploring the park in winter.

Park Partners

Friends of Yellow Creek

The non-profit Friends of Yellow Creek (FOYC) aims to include visitors in conserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural, educational, and recreational resources of the park. The Friends conduct activities and projects, as well as host opportunities to volunteering. Any money that donated to the FOYC benefits Yellow Creek State Park directly. As an affiliate chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forestry Foundation, contributions are deductible under the fullest extent of the law.

Directions

Driving

Yellow Creek State Park is along PA 422 between the towns of Ebensburg and Indiana.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(724) 357-7913

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