Visit Johnstown PA | Boating, Fishing & Hunting

Boating, Fishing & Hunting

Visit Johnstown Pa | Rapids

Paddle the longest continuous set of rapids in the eastern U.S.: 15 Class III-IV rapids in 4 miles!

To boat the Stonycreek is to experience the best that this mountain river system has to offer. From the experts-only Class V water of Paint Creek to the East’s longest-continuous rapids in the Stonycreek Canyon, whitewater paddlers will find hydraulics aplenty here. But the Stony’s more placid stretches and the beautiful Quemahoning Lake offer places for less-experienced boaters – or for those who are content to sit back and feel the ripples.

With a growing reputation among paddlers and fly fishers, and the development of Quemahoning Lake as a family recreation area, The Stonycreek is becoming the place for mountain-style fun! Paddle or pedal, cast a fly or a plug, swim or picnic, enjoy a crowded festival or a solitary walk. The Stonycreek features outstanding recreational and leisure-time resources! (source:

Boating & Tubing
Visit Johnstown Pa | Prince Gallitzin State Park
Prince Gallitzin State Park

1635-acre Glendale Lake is a popular destination for sailboats, canoes and kayaks & powered boats up to 20HP. Nine public boat launching areas; three public mooring facilities and 2 marinas for sailboats, pontoon boats & motorboats. Ice fishing, iceboating, concessions, fuel sales, rentals, repairs and more.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Stonycreek Whitewater Park
Stonycreek Whitewater Park

300-yard water park within the banks of the Stonycreek River adjacent to the 11-acre Greenhouse Park picnic area in Tire Hill, minutes from downtown Johnstown along Rt. 403. Family-oriented park with swimming, play kayaking… or just a great place to hang out and watch the river fun! Open April through October. No fees, but safety regulations are posted.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Benscreek Canoe and Kayak Club
Benscreek Canoe and Kayak Club

The club is involved with issues including stream access, whitewater conservation, dam releases and the remediation of environmental threats. BCKC hosts the annual Stonycreek River Rendezvous, the Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh River Sojourn, Canoe d’ Que and other events.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail
Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail

The Kiski-Conemaugh is a good novice and family canoe and kayak river. The most prominent features include the Conemaugh Gorge, just west of Johnstown, and Packsaddle Gap. Elements of the Allegheny Portage Railroad remain along the entire length of the trail, some visible only at low water.

The Alleghenies

For additional locations to enjoy sailing, motorized boating, canoeing and kayaking activities, log onto The Alleghenies website listed below. This comprehensive site offers venue descriptions, launch area specifics, water conditions, maps, lodging suggestions, and much more information to plan a rewarding excursion! 

Visit Johnstown Pa | Duman Lake, Wilmore Dam, Beaverdale Reservoir and Quemahoning Reservoir
Duman Lake, Wilmore Dam, Beaverdale Reservoir and Quemahoning Reservoir

Boaters can also enjoy Duman Lake, Wilmore Dam and Beaverdale Reservoir in Cambria County and Quemahoning Reservoir nearby in Somerset County, all of which are restricted to manually powered craft or electric motors.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Coal Tubin'
Coal Tubin’ Pennsylvania, L.L.C.

Whitewater rafting on rivers ranging from Class I-IV whitewater! Tubin’ on the Stonycreek River…great for groups!  Check our website for additional details!


Cambria County offers varied fishing opportunities with 15 stocked trout streams and three stocked lakes. Chest Creek features a delayed harvest, artificial lures only section. Glendale Lake is known for bass, muskellunge, and panfish, especially spring crappies. Lake Rowena, Wilmore and Hinckston Run reservoirs, and Duman Dam offer additional fishing opportunities.

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For additional cold and warm-water fisheries within The Alleghenies region, log onto

Get Ready, Early Birds!

Trout season begins on March 29 in southcentral and southeastern Pennsylvania and on April 12 everywhere else.

Fish for Free

On Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, June 1, Pennsylvania opens its lakes, streams, and ponds to anglers of all stripes - no license required. It's a great way to introduce friends or family members to the pleasures of this relaxing pastime. Come on out and experience the fun of fishing with no strings attached. All other fishing regulations apply. Hope ya catch a big one!

Fishy fun

Bigger is better! As one worm learns, big trout are coming to Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is a paradise for people who practice the piscatorial pastime. More than 30 species of game fish in hundreds of lakes, streams, and rivers make fishing here downright exciting. And our extensive fish breeding and stocking programs make it easy to catch the fish of your dreams.

Lake Erie is sometimes called the freshwater fishing capital of the world. Field and Stream called Presque Isle State Park one of the top 20 family fishing spots in the nation. With 1.5 million fish caught here each year, it's easy to see why. The lake is brimming with trout, perch, walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and muskie. If you prefer a smaller venue, Briar Creek Lake Park in Columbia County offers an excellent fishing experience as well. The lake is included in the state's late-winter extended trout fishing program - you can also fish for bass, muskie, walleye, pickerel, and pan fish. And speaking of Columbia, the county's chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors six kiosks along Fishing Creek, which is recognized as one of the state's best trout streams.

The Susquehanna River and its tributaries, Roaring Creek and Hemlock Creek, feature wild and stocked trout and smallmouth bass. Potter County boasts a huge collection of Class A wild trout streams: the Genesee Fork of Pine Creek, Cross Fork Creek, and Oswayo Creek upstream of Coneville. Oil Creek State Park offers excellent fly fishing for walleye and smallmouth bass; you can also fish in Justus Lake.

If you prefer warm-water fishing, try Colyer Lake and Sayers Dam at Bald Eagle State Park. And if you're into ice fishing, be sure to check out Lake Rowena, which is stocked with adult trout. Duncan and Glendale Lakes offer ice fishing as well, but Rowena generally ices over faster than the others.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Wildlife

Thanks to its varied environments and long history of conservation, Pennsylvania is a haven for birds and beasts. Wildlife flourishes here, and it's no wonder - forests, lakes, open countryside, and rocky mountains provide many different kinds of habitats. You can find many of them in our state game lands, where deer, bear, game birds, and other creatures make their homes.

In Columbia County, keep an eye out for white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, waterfowl, and ruffed grouse. Cambria County boasts more than 90,000 acres of state game land teeming with wildlife, and the Poconos are home to 21 different game lands.

State Game Land 58 features 12,646 acres of mountain terrain with deer, bear, and pheasant hunting. State Game Land 226 encompasses 4,225 acres of rolling farmland where you'll find deer, bear, and wild turkey. And State Game Land 44 covers more than 24,500 acres and is adjacent to the 23,400 acres of State Game Land 54.