Visit Johnstown PA | Boating, Fishing & Hunting

Boating, Fishing & Hunting


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:

Visit Johnstown PA Coal Tubin’ Pennsylvania, L.L.C.
Coal Tubin’ Pennsylvania, L.L.C.

Guided whitewater rafting on rivers ranging from Class I-IV whitewater! Pick your tube, put on your river shoes, and float your worries away down the Stonycreek River. Coal Tubin' handles everything for you and will even shuttle you back to the beginning of your journey for no extra charge.  Tubin' on the Stonycreek River...great for large groups or small families.

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.

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.

Duman Lake, Wilmore Dam, Beaverdale Reservoir, Hinckston Run Reservoir, and Quemahoning Reservoir

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

Lakes and Reservoirs
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 two marinas for sailboats, pontoon boats & motorboats. Ice fishing, iceboating, concessions, fuel sales, rentals, repairs and more.

Visit Johnstown PA Fishing

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. A detailed map and stream list can be found here!

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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 Cambria 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.