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Bald Eagle State Forest- Bald Eagle State Forest District lies in the beautiful ridge and valley section of the State. The many streams within the area have their origin in the forested ridges and flow in several directions eventually emptying into the Susquehanna River. Over one-third of the Bald Eagle State Forest is in public watershed, making the proper management of this land very essential.
Bucktail State Park- Hemmed in by mountains, this state park scenic drive follows PA Route 120 as it winds from Lock Haven to Emporium along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and the Sinnemahoning Creek. The scenic drive has no recreational facilities. In June, the mountain laurel is in bloom and in early October the fall colors are breathtaking.
Hyner Run State Park- The terrain of the park is generally level and occupies the small valley created by Hyner Run, with steep mountains on both sides. The park derives its name from Hyner Run, which flows through the park. The park is entirely surrounded by Sproul State Forest.
Hyner View State Park- Hyner View State Park features a scenic vista overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and is a favorite spot for hang gliding.
Little Pine State Park- Little Pine State Park is located in one of the most beautiful sections of the Tiadaghton State Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. A special attraction of the park is the trail system. For seasoned hikers, Spikebush Hollow Trail with its beautiful picturesque vistas, outcroppings of rock and varieties of trees and plants is an enjoyable challenge.
Ole Bull State Park- The park area is referred to as the Black Forest of Pennsylvania. Its dense tree cover and mountainous terrain attracts thousands of campers who bask in the serenity of the forested scenery along Kettle Creek.
Sproul State Forest- In 1898, the first purchase of State Forest Land occurred near Bull Run on Young Woman's Creek. The location is marked with a suitable monument. Since then the Sproul State Forest has grown to 290,000 acres.

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Description - Kettle Creek State Park is named after the popular trout stream that flows through the area. The original park was located in the lower campground. This area was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. The Alvin R. Bush Dam was opened in 1962 for flood protection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the lower Susquehanna watershed area. The area above the dam was developed for recreation and administered by the Bureau of State Parks. Development of facilities has continued both above and below the dam.

Kettle Creek State Park is a wonderful park offering a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The reservoir offers boating, fishing, swimming and boat launch facilities. Many people enjoy the park year-round. There is a shady family campground and a large playground conveniently located near the picnic grove. There is a softball and volleyball area. Winter activities abound including snowmobile trails, cross-country trails, ice fishing, ice skating and sledding.

Kettle Creek State Park serves as trail access for the 53-mile Donut Hole Trail with an access parking lot across from the lower campground. This trail connects with several other cross-country trails. There is a 5-mile mountain bike trail which starts at the day-use parking lot and immediately travels onto state forest land before returning to the parking lot. There is also an equestrian trail that is 15 miles in length. It begins at Beaverdam Run and heads into the state forest land.

The park shares an environmental interpreter during the summer months with Ole Bull State Park. Hunting is permitted at the park and at the adjacent 278,000 acre Sproul State Forest.

Attractions - Kettle Creek State Park is named after the popular trout stream that flows through the area. The original park was located in the lower campground. This area was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. The Alvin R. Bush Dam was opened in 1962 for flood protection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the lower Susquehanna watershed area. The area above the dam was developed for recreation and administered by the Bureau of State Parks. Development of facilities has continued both above and below the dam.

Note: The nearest store, gasoline and garage services is located at Tamarack, 10 miles northeast of the park along Route 144. All services, including medical are available at Renovo, 16 miles southeast along Route 120.

Recreation - Kettle Creek State Park is a wonderful park offering a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The reservoir offers boating, fishing, swimming and boat launch facilities. Many people enjoy the park year-round. There is a shady family campground and a large playground conveniently located near the picnic grove. There is a softball and volleyball area. Winter activities abound including snowmobile trails, cross-country trails, ice fishing, ice skating and sledding.

Kettle Creek State Park serves as trail access for the 53-mile Donut Hole Trail with an access parking lot across from the lower campground. This trail connects with several other cross-country trails. There is a 5 mile mountain bike trail which starts at the day-use parking lot and immediately travels onto state forest land before returning to the parking lot. There is also an equestrian trail that is 15 miles in length. It begins at Beaverdam Run and heads into the state forest land. The Sproul State Forest page offers details on these trails.

The park shares an environmental interpreter during the summer months with Ole Bull State Park. Both the history and environment of the area are used to educate park users of all ages. Children's programs, guided walks, and campfire programs are scheduled throughout the week. Program schedules are available at the park office. Special requests are welcome and may be directed to the park office.

Hunting is permitted at the park and at the adjacent 278,000 acre Sproul State Forest. Deer, turkey, bear, grouse and squirrels are plentiful in both locations. Pennsylvania Game Commission laws and regulations apply in all areas. With the exception of: 1) hunting of woodchucks also known as groundhogs is prohibited and 2) dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Kettle Creek State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). Precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter.

Location - Kettle Creek State Park is located in the north central area of the state amidst numerous other state parks and forests. From Williamsport take US 220 west about 20 miles turning north (right) onto SR 120. Travel it about another 20 miles then follow signs.


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Filed By: Eileen Scully (Coopersburg, PA)
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Report: We rented a power boat at Kettle Creek State Park. We took it down to the Alvin Bush Dam site. The scenery is incredibly beautiful and the park is staffed with the best informative rangers. We had a great time and will definitely visit again!


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Contact Information:
Kettle Creek State Park, HCR 62, Box 96 , Renovo, PA, 17764, Phone: 570-923-6004
, kettlecreek@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Bucktail State Park - Hemmed in by mountains, this state park scenic drive follows PA Route 120 as it winds from Lock Haven to Emporium along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and the Sinnemahoning Creek. The scenic drive has no recreational facilities. In June, the mountain laurel is in bloom and in early October the fall colors are breathtaking.
Hyner Run State Park - The terrain of the park is generally level and occupies the small valley created by Hyner Run, with steep mountains on both sides. The park derives its name from Hyner Run, which flows through the park. The park is entirely surrounded by Sproul State Forest.
Hyner View State Park - Hyner View State Park features a scenic vista overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and is a favorite spot for hang gliding.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Sproul State Forest - In 1898, the first purchase of State Forest Land occurred near Bull Run on Young Woman's Creek. The location is marked with a suitable monument. Since then the Sproul State Forest has grown to 290,000 acres.
Valleys of the Susquehanna Area - The beautiful Susquehanna River winds through fertile valleys surrounded by forest covered ridges. Anglers can explore the world-class smallmouth bass fishing in the river or Penns Creek which is known as one of the best trout streams in America.

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