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Tuscarora State Park- Set in a deeply wooded valley, Tuscarora State Park is at the southern end of Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region. Nestled against Locust Mountain, visitors will find many year-round recreational opportunities like boating, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Weiser State Forest- Weiser State Forest is comprised of 17,961 acres in eastern Pennsylvania. This beautiful area offers some very rugged and secluded woodlands.

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Locust Lake State Park
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Locust Lake State Park
Description - Situated at the western end of Locust Valley near the headwaters of Locust Creek, the park encompasses 1,144 acres including a 52-acre lake. With the exception of approximately 60 acres located in the immediate area of the dam, the entire park area is forested. Locust Lake State Park is adjacent to the 600 acres of the Weiser State Forest. This state forest district offers numerous miles of scenic state forest roads, foot trails, snowmobile trails and scenic overlooks. The park encompasses 1,144 acres of recreation land for camping, playgrounds, hiking, swimming and nature activities. Approximately 1,045 acres are available for hunting. During the height of the camping season, a park naturalist provides evening campfire programs, guided nature walks, environmental education programs and activities.

Attractions - Situated at the western end of Locust Valley near the headwaters of Locust Creek, the park encompasses 1,144 acres including a 52-acre lake. With the exception of approximately 60 acres located in the immediate area of the dam, the entire park area is forested. The land was purchased with "Project 70" funds and developed under the "Project 500" program. The park was opened to the public in 1972, with the formal dedication being conducted on July 10, 1972.

Locust Lake State Park is adjacent to the 600 acres of the Weiser State Forest. This state forest district offers numerous miles of scenic state forest roads, foot trails, snowmobile trails and scenic overlooks.

Recreation - The park encompasses 1,144 acres of recreation land with a 52 acre lake open for boating, fishing and winter sports. This lovely forested park offers camping, playgrounds, hiking, swimming and nature activities.

Hunting, dog training and trapping are permitted in designated areas within the park boundaries. Approximately 1,045 acres are available for hunting, 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. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations are in effect for all activities in the park. Hunting in both the park and adjacent state forest lands is restricted to designated areas. A special regulations area allowing only bow and arrow and flintlock muzzleloader hunting is offered.

During the height of the camping season, a park naturalist provides evening campfire programs, guided nature walks, environmental education programs and activities. The environmental interpretive program is geared for all age levels and offers a variety of programs ranging from educational programs to interpretation of local history. The program also encompasses the natural world within the park boundaries through interpretation on guided hikes, slide presentations, and environmental education activities. The park naturalist is available at the special request of groups such as scouts, youth conservation groups, school groups, civic organizations, etc. for presentations and programs relevant to their specific needs and interest. The environmental interpretive program functions primarily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Locust Lake State Park area generally has cold winter months with temperatures averaging from 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range from 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).

Location - Locust Lake State Park is located in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, approximately 7 miles north of Pottsville, 3 miles south of Mahanoy City, and 6 miles west of Tuscarora State Park. The park is about 2 miles southwest of the PA Route 54 interchange of Interstate Route 81; SR 1006 from Saint Clair to Mahanoy City.


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Filed By: sharon (New Philadelphia, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The peace and quiet with only the birds and cicadas chirping, the wildlife to view and of course, the campfire. People are extremely nice and are ready to lend a hand to you need help

Filed By: Lori (Schuylkill County, Pa)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I love camping at Locust and we do it every year a few times I love the fishing the campfires and talking to different people


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Contact Information:
Locust Lake State Park, c/o Tuscarora State Park, R.R.1, Box 1051 , Barnesville, PA, 18214-9715, Phone: 570-467-2404
, tuscarora@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
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.
Pocono Mountains / Endless Mountains Area - The Pocono Mountains abound in natural wonders. The Glens Natural Area has 22 named waterfalls in a scenic gorge with old growth timber. You can also try whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River.
Tuscarora State Park - Set in a deeply wooded valley, Tuscarora State Park is at the southern end of Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region. Nestled against Locust Mountain, visitors will find many year-round recreational opportunities like boating, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Weiser State Forest - Weiser State Forest is comprised of 17,961 acres in eastern Pennsylvania. This beautiful area offers some very rugged and secluded woodlands.

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