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Hopewell Boat Access Campground is situated within the Allegheny National Forest near Clarendon, Pennsylvania. It provides access to the Allegheny Reservoir, a popular spot for boating, fishing, and water recreation.

Camping Facilities

The campground primarily caters to visitors looking for basic camping facilities. Here’s a list of the amenities you might expect:

  • Primitive campsites
  • Access to the water for boating
  • No electrical hookups
  • Limited or no potable water
  • Vault toilets
  • No shower facilities

Visitors should plan to bring water or have the means to treat water from natural sources.

Boat Access

One of the main features of the Hopewell Boat Access Campground is its proximity to the water:

  • Boat launch available
  • Space for mooring boats

Anglers and boaters will appreciate the convenient access to the Allegheny Reservoir.


Aside from boating, the campground is a great base for numerous outdoor activities:

  • Fishing for species like walleye, bass, and trout
  • Hiking on nearby trails
  • Wildlife viewing and birdwatching
  • Exploring scenic areas around the reservoir

Reservations and Fees

It's important to check if the campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis or if reservations are required. Fees for camping may apply, so it’s advisable to reach out to the Allegheny National Forest office or visit their official website for the most current information.

Regulations and Safety

  • Follow Leave No Trace principles.
  • Fires may be allowed in designated areas, but always check for current fire restrictions.
  • Keep food stored securely to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Boaters must adhere to all Pennsylvania boating laws and regulations.

Seasonal Information

The campground may have seasonal closures, especially given its northern location in Pennsylvania. Typically, peak season runs from late spring through early fall, when weather conditions are most favorable.

Additional Tips

  • Plan ahead and pack accordingly for a rustic camping experience.
  • Be prepared for weather changes, which can be sudden and dramatic in the forested regions.
  • It is advisable to bring bug repellent, especially during warmer months.
  • Check information centers or ranger stations for any alerts or changes in conditions.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it is best to directly contact the local agencies responsible for managing the Hopewell Boat Access Campground and the wider Allegheny National Forest.

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