Johnstown, PA

Boating & Tubing

Boating

Prince Gallitzin State Park: Boats up to 20 hp motors are permitted at the park’s 1,600-acre Glendale Lake. Non-powered boats are permitted also. The lake is a popular destination for both sailboats and canoes. With nine public boat launching areas; three public mooring facilities for sailboats, pontoon boats and runabouts; and marina slips at Beaver Valley and Prince Gallitzin marinas, water lovers will enjoy picturesque Prince Gallitzin. The marina offers concessions, fuel sales, rentals, repairs and more.

Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail: The Kiski-Conemaugh is a good novice and family canoe and kayak river. Two of the most prominent features along the trail include the Conemaugh Gorge, located just west of Johnstown, and Packsaddle Gap. Some elements of the Allegheny Portage Railroad remain along the entire length of the trail, some visible only at low water.  For more information and a trail map, visit: www.fish.state.pa.us/watertrails

Benscreek Canoe and Kayak Club: Established in 1970, the club is comprised of individuals who share a common interest in the outdoors and boating. The club is involved with issues including stream access, whitewater conservation, dam releases and the remediation of environmental threats. BCKC hosts the Stonycreek River Rendezvous, the Kiski-Conemaugh Sojourn, Canoe d’ Que and more. For information on local rivers and streams, or for event information, visit: www.benscreekcanoeclub.com

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.814-674-1000 www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/princegallitzin.aspx

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!

thealleghenies.com/boating.aspx (select Johnstown Region)

Coal Tubin'
On a hot summer day there is nothing cooler than floating down the beautiful and scenic Stonycreek River! Operation times are Saturdays and Sundays, May through September, from 10 AM-5 PM. Check the calendar of events at www.coaltubin.com for additional tubing times. Visit the website or call 814-254-4393 for more information. Located at 303 Central Ave., Johnstown, PA  15902

 

Fishing

Fishing

Get ready, early birds!

Trout season begins on March 29 in southcentral and southeastern Pennsylvania and on April 12 everywhere else. Learn more at fishandboat.com.

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.

For more information about Pennsylvania fishing licensing, seasons, locations, and access maps, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website or call 717.705.7800.

Hunting

Hunting

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.  Want more info? Check out the Pennsylvania Game Commission website or call 717.787.4250.

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