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Yellow Creek State Park
Copyright: Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Yellow Creek State Park
Description - Yellow Creek State Park is located 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, U.S. Route 422 roughly follows the old Kittanning Path and provides the main access to the park from Indiana and Ebensburg.

Day use areas were dedicated to public use in 1976. An additional 159 acres of developed land were purchased in 1982. Yellow Creek State Park offers a wonderful 720-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Hiking and picnicking are enjoyed lakeside. The swimming beach is 800 feet long and offers lifeguards each summer day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Four boat launches offer access to the warm water game species found in the lake. Winter months offer access to ice skating and ice fishing. Educational programs are offered to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Most of Yellow Creek State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons.

Attractions - Yellow Creek State Park is located 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, U.S. Route 422 roughly follows the old Kittanning Path and provides the main access to the park from Indiana and Ebensburg.

Beginning in 1963, the 2,981 acres of park land were purchased by the General State Authority and by the Department of Forests and Waters through the Project 70 park expansion program. An earth and rock dam, creating a 720 acre lake was completed in 1969. Day use areas were dedicated to public use in 1976. An additional 159 acres of developed land were purchased in 1982.

Recreation - Yellow Creek State Park offers a wonderful 720-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Hiking and picnicking are enjoyed lakeside. The swimming beach is 800 feet long and offers lifeguards each summer day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Four boat launches offer access to the warm water game species found in the lake. Winter months offer access to ice skating and ice fishing.

Educational programs are offered to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A classroom building is located near the farm pond. A schedule of activities is available at the park office.

Most of Yellow Creek State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Yellow Creek State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to -4 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - Yellow Creek State Park is located in the western half of the state. Take SR 422 for 12 miles east of Indiana, PA or 18 miles west from Ebensburg, PA to SR 259 South. Follow SR 259 to park entrance.

From Johnstown take SR 56 West to Brush Valley then SR 259 North to the park.

From Pittsburgh, take SR 22 East to SR 119 North to SR 422 East. Travel on SR 422 for 12 miles to SR 259 South. Turn right to park entrance.


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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Cross-country Skiing While no special area or trail system has been developed, the park does contain abandoned roads, trails and open fields and forested areas which are suitable for both the novice and experienced cross-country skier.
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Registered snowmobiles are allowed in one area which is approximately 350 acres in size. This designated area consists of forests and open fields. The access to this trail area is from the Beach/Day Use area.
Yes


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Contact Information:
Yellow Creek State Park, 170 Route 259 Highway , Penn Run, PA, 15765-9614, Phone: 724-357-7913
, yellowcreek@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Laurel Highlands / Southern Alleghenies Area - This area's mountains, valleys, rivers, meadows and woodlands make it irresistible for relaxation and recreation. It also has Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
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.

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