Canoe Creek State Park
RR 2 Box 560
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9752
Reservations | Recreational
Opportunities: Modern Cabins -
Fishing - Swimming
- Picnicking - Biking -
Horseback Riding - Hunting and
Firearms - Boating |
Winter Activities: Cross-country
Skiing - Ice Fishing -
Ice Skating - Ice Boating |
Environmental Education | Natural History
Creek State Park, 12 miles east of
Altoona, is a modern day use 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.
A 155-acre lake provides excellent year-round
fishing, a popular swimming area and enjoyment for small pleasure
boaters. Fields and woodlots are managed to provide diversified
habitat for small game species and a variety of wildlife.
Canoe Creek's proximity to nearby communities
allows local residents to take a short pleasure drive and enjoy an
evening of fishing, picnicking or walking.
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.
To reserve a cabin or a picnic pavilion, call
888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat. Cabins and picnic
pavilions can be reserved from 11 months to two days in advance.
Eight modern cabins overlook the lake. They 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.
The 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. The ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be
sure the ice is four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
The sand beach is open from late-May to
mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 11
a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day,
unless otherwise posted. Please read and follow posted rules for
swimming when lifeguards are off-duty.
The sand beach is 350 feet long and has a grass
sunning area and sand play areas. The bathhouse has showers and
A snack bar by the swimming beach carries a
variety of fast food and drink items.
Areas on the east and west sides of the park
provide numerous picnic tables. Picnic areas also contain charcoal
grills and charcoal disposal units. Three picnic pavilions are
available for rental. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11
months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free
on a first-come, first-served basis.
The one-mile Bike Trail runs between US 22 and
Mattern Road, passing through the day use area.
A bridle trail loops around the northern part of
the park. Riding horse rentals are not available in the area.
8 miles of trails The trails pass through
forests, fields, shrubby areas, historic areas and along the lake
shore. Please wear fluorescent orange when hiking during 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.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is
prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following
Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game
Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office
for accessible hunting information.
Use extreme caution
with firearms at all times. The park is used by other visitors
during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment may be
uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during
hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during
non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment must be kept
in the owner's car, trailer or camp.
electric motors only
The 155-acre Canoe Lake has boat launching
areas are on both sides of the lake. Boat mooring spaces are
available along the eastern shoreline. On the west side of the
park, the boat rental has rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and
Motorboats must display a boat registration from
any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following:
boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring
permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most
state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish
and Boat Commission.
For complete information on boating rules and
regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission Web site.
All hiking, bridle and biking trails are
available for skiing.
This is a popular winter activity during the
extended trout season. The ice thickness is not monitored. For
your safety, be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry safety
There are two ponds just north of the Beaver Dam
Road Boat Launch.
Iceboats must have a launch permit.
Canoe Creek State Park offers a wide variety of
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.
Curriculum-based environmental education
programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher
workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in
advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.
Programs are offered year-round. For more
detailed information contact the park office. An interpretive
center highlights the historical and natural resources of the
park. Near the modern cabins, the center is open seasonally and at
other times by group appointment.
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 old church sanctuary is the home of the
largest nursery colony of little brown bats in Pennsylvania. On
warm summer evenings, visitors watch the bats exit or enjoy
education programs at the church.
A deep limestone mine is a hibernaculum (where
animals hibernate) for more than 20,000 bats of six species,
including the endangered Indiana bat.
Look inside the church through a video link. The
video operates seasonally.
The park is a stopover place during bird
migrations and serves as a summer nesting site for others. Canoe
Creek Lake is great for seeing migrating waterfowl. Bluebird,
indigo bunting, cedar waxwing, oriole, red-winged blackbird and
brown thrasher frequent the wetlands along Mary Ann�s Creek.
Osprey and bald eagle are noteworthy spring and fall migrants.
Geologic formations in and around the park are
rich in limestone. This limestone was extracted and used for many
purposes, including supplying a raw material for the once thriving
iron and steel industry of Pennsylvania. The park has several old
Two calcining plants (limekilns), the Hartman
kilns site and the Blair Limestone Company kilns site, operated in
the park during the early 1900s. The Blair Limestone Company Kiln
remnants are the focus of historical and interpretive programs and
displays. This company was a subsidiary of Jones and Laughlin
Steel Company of Pittsburgh, PA.
The preservation and interpretation of this
industrial limekiln site is part of the Path of Progress heritage
tour route in southwestern Pennsylvania.