With over 5,000 acres of land and a 1,700-acre lake in northcentral Pennsylvania, Bald Eagle State Park has stunning views and more than enough room for every kind of outdoor recreation. The park sits in the Bald Eagle Valley, which is flanked by Bald Eagle Mountain, forests, fields, and wetlands. The diverse landscapes make the park a great destination for wildlife watching.
The lake also provides visitors with an opportunity to boat, fish, and swim. Any horsepower motor is allowed on the lake; the speed limit is 45 mph. The lake has boat launches with grills, picnic tables, and restrooms. The marina has a seasonal concession (open Memorial Day to Labor Day) where boats can be rented or repaired, and gasoline sold.
Bald Eagle State Park has 14-and-a-half miles of trails to choose from, which vary in length and difficulty from a half-mile to a 4.4-mile trail. Fishing at the reservoir may yield crappie, yellow perch, tiger muskie, catfish, and largemouth and smallmouth bass. For swimmers and families with children, there is a 1,200-foot-long beach with a playground, snack bar, changing rooms, and restrooms.
Bald Eagle State Park has two campgrounds—one with 97 sites with electric or full-service hookups, flush toilets, warm showers, and an amphitheater. The other campground has 35 rustic walk-in sites for tents and camping vehicles. The sites are only about 150 feet from the road. Drinking water is available, as is a sanitary dump station. Camping is open from mid-April to mid-December.
Bald Eagle State Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Day-use areas close at sunset, and the beach, overnight areas, and other facilities are only open during specific seasons and hours. Camping reservations are through the park office, either by calling during business hours or by using the park’s website.
During winter months, visitors can enjoy ice skating, sledding, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing. Ice thickness is not monitored, so everything out on the ice is at own risk. If you are looking for a spot to camp or spend some enjoyable time in nature, bring your family and furry friends to Bald Eagle State Park—you will be glad you did.