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Bendigo State Park
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Bendigo State Park
Description - Bendigo State Park began in the 1920's as a community project of the nearby town of Johnsonburg. In the Great Depression of the 1930's, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) made many improvements to the park. Floods destroyed many of the WPA facilities in the 1940's but the stone wall and dam on the East Branch of the Clarion River still remain.

The park is located in a small valley surrounded with many picturesque hills. The East Branch of the Clarion River flows through the park. This beautiful stream was once polluted by mine acid drainage. It now provides excellent fishing and and is stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The park consists of 100 acres, 20 of which are used for recreation. There is a wonderful swimming pool which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Depth ranges from 3 to 5 feet. Certified lifeguards staff the pool. The pool is accessible to people with disabilities.

This woodsy area offers over 150 picnic tables scattered in several picnic areas. Within these areas are charcoal grills, drinking water, four horseshoe pits, restrooms and three picnic pavilions.

Sledding and tobogganing are favorite sports offered in the park. A designated slope is provided. A surprising number of people decide to linger after sledding and toboganning and use the year-round picnic areas.

Accessible restrooms, picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park.

Attractions - Bendigo State Park began in the 1920's as a community project of the nearby town of Johnsonburg. In the Great Depression of the 1930's, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) made many improvements to the park. Floods destroyed many of the WPA facilities in the 1940's but the stone wall and dam on the East Branch of the Clarion River still remain.

The process began in August of 1948 and in April of 1949, the late State Senator George B. Stevenson introduced the bill that transferred the
property to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Improvements were made to the park facilities and on August 15, 1959 Bendigo State Park was formally dedicated by Maurice K. Goddard, Secretary of the former Department of Forests and Waters.

The park is located in a small valley surrounded with many picturesque hills. The East Branch of the Clarion River flows through the park. This beautiful stream was once polluted by mine acid drainage. It now provides excellent fishing and and is stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The forested area is predominantly northern hardwoods and includes beech, birch, cherry and maple.

Recreation - The park consists of 100 acres, 20 of which are used for recreation. There is a wonderful swimming pool which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Depth ranges from 3 to 5 feet. Certified lifeguards staff the pool. The pool is accessible to people with disabilities.

This woodsy area offers over 150 picnic tables scattered in several picnic areas. Within these areas are charcoal grills, drinking water, four horseshoe pits, restrooms and three picnic pavilions.

Sledding and tobogganing are favorite sports offered in the park. A designated slope is provided. A surprising number of people decide to linger after sledding and toboganning and use the year-round picnic areas.

Accessible restrooms, picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park.

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

Location - From Johnsonburg, PA travel SR 1004 north about 4 - 5 miles to Bendigo State Park.

Bendigo State Park consists of 100 acres of land located in Jones Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania. The developed area of the park is approximately 20 acres, half of which is a large shaded picnic area.


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Contact Information:
Bendigo State Park, Glen Hazel Road , Johnsonburg, PA, 15845-0016, Phone: 814-965-2646
, bendigo@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Allegheny National Forest Area - The Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania is a remote area of the state characterized by wilderness surroundings. This region offers the best opportunities for viewing elk and black bear.
Elk State Park - The main attraction at Elk State Park is the 1,160-acre lake with unlimited horsepower boating. For the more adventurous, water-skiing is an alternative to the serenity of fishing on the lake and in nearby streams. The lake and streams are stocked with both warm and cold water species of fish.
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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