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 a tube, put on some river shoes, and float the worries away down the Stonycreek River. Coal Tubin' handles everything and will even shuttle groups back to the beginning of the journey for no extra charge.  Tubin' on the Stonycreek River...great for large groups or small families. Coal Tubin' also handles other rentals for outdoor recreation on and off the river including white water rafting, biking, 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.

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, and other events.

Visit Johnstown PA Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail
Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail

86 river miles of paddling along the borders of Somerset, Cambria, Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong Counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. 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, Packsaddle Gap, and nearby bike trails and historic communities. Elements of the Allegheny Portage Railroad remain along the entire length of the trail, some visible only at low water.

Lakes and Reservoirs
Visit Johnstown PA Prince Gallitzin State Park
Glendale Lake - 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.

Wilmore Dam

The Wilmore Dam is a 195-acre reservoir in central Cambria County near Portage, PA. The grounds are open to the public for fishing, boating, geocaching, hiking, hunting, and mountain biking. The dam features a handicap accessible fishing pier, car-topper boat launch, and trailer boat launch. Boats are restricted to electric motors and ice fishing is not permitted. Trout-stocked fisheries above and below the reservoir. Picnic pavilions are available for rent.


Duman Lake

Duman Lake is located along State Route 271 North between Belsano and Nicktown, about 20 miles from Johnstown. The park consists of a 19-acre stocked lake that features a handicapped accessible fishing pier. The lake is regularly stocked with trout. The lake is  restricted to manually powered craft or electric motorsOn the grounds are hiking trails, picnic pavilions, campsites, modern restrooms, horseshoe courts, ball field area, volleyball courts, basketball court, swing sets, and an exercise trail. Weekend train rides and hay rides during the summer season. There is also a 2-mile mixed surface connection from park to the Ghost Town Trail’s C&I extension.

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. Hunters can find many of them in 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.

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 hunters can 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.

Hinckston Run Reservoir

Hinckston Run Reservoir is a 103-acre impoundment located northeast of Johnstown, PA.  Boats are restricted to electric motors and ice fishing is not permitted. The reservoir is located on 416 acres of woodlands. The area provides plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, geocaching, and mountain biking. The beautiful Hinckston Run Falls is located at the end of the Honan Ave trail. Picnic tables and pavilions are available for rent.