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Bendigo State Park- The peace and tranquility of this small park envelops the visitor. Located in a valley on a bank of the East Branch of the Clarion River, a charming streamside picnic area sits amidst a mixture of hardwood trees. A trout stream provides ample opportunities for anglers and the swimming pool is a big hit in summer.
Elk State Forest- Located principally in Elk and Cameron counties, Elk State Forest, comprised of 200,000 acres, is open to primitive camping, licensed hunting and fishing and general recreational activities. The state forest land is delineated by metal tags and white paint marks on trees. Along major roads, the boundary markers are supplemented with wooden signs.

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Elk State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Elk State Park
Description - The park consists of 3,192 acres including the 1,160-acre East Branch Lake which was authorized by the state legislature for development in 1961. Initial development was completed in 1963 which included road improvements, parking lots, restroom, water well, launching ramp and access dock at the Instanter Launch Area.

Boating, fishing and waterskiing are the main recreation activities enjoyed at Elk State Park. During the winter months, park visitors enjoy ice fishing, ice skating and ice boating. Bendigo State Park is located 13 miles away on SR 1004 and offers swimming, picnicking, fishing and playfields. The 195,911-acre Elk State Forest rests adjacent to Elk State Park. Hunting is permitted on the state forest land. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also provides a boat launch, picnicking and camping by the dam.

Attractions - The park consists of 3,192 acres including the 1,160-acre East Branch Lake which was authorized by the state legislature for development in 1961. Initial development was completed in 1963 which included road improvements, parking lots, restroom, water well, launching ramp and access dock at the Instanter Launch Area.

The 195,911-acre Elk State Forest rests adjacent to Elk State Park. Hunting is permitted on the state forest land.

Bendigo State Park is located 13 miles away on SR 1004 and offers swimming, picnicking, fishing and playfields.

Recreation - Boating, fishing and waterskiing are the main recreation activities at Elk State Park. There is unlimited horsepower boating and non-powered boats which must have one of the following: state park launching permit or state park mooring permit which are available at most state park offices; or current Pennsylvania boat registration. Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Boats registered in other states must display a Pennsylvania state park launch permit or mooring permit in addition to their current registration.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also provides a boat launch, picnicking and camping by the dam.

Approximately 3,151 acres of Elk State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, bear and turkey. 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 manager 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.

During the winter months, park visitors enjoy ice fishing, ice skating and ice boating.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Elk 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 - Elk State Park is located approximately 8 miles east of Wilcox on State Route 1006 and about 9 miles south of Clermont on State Route 1001.


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Contact Information:
Elk State Park, c/o Bendigo State Park, P.O. Box A , Johnsonburg, PA, 15845, 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.
Bendigo State Park - The peace and tranquility of this small park envelops the visitor. Located in a valley on a bank of the East Branch of the Clarion River, a charming streamside picnic area sits amidst a mixture of hardwood trees. A trout stream provides ample opportunities for anglers and the swimming pool is a big hit in summer.
Elk State Forest - Located principally in Elk and Cameron counties, Elk State Forest, comprised of 200,000 acres, is open to primitive camping, licensed hunting and fishing and general recreational activities. The state forest land is delineated by metal tags and white paint marks on trees. Along major roads, the boundary markers are supplemented with wooden signs.
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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