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Camping at Tioga-Hammond Lakes Recreation Area

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General Overview

Tioga-Hammond Lakes Recreation Area is situated in north-central Pennsylvania, near the town of Tioga. It consists of two separate lakes—Tioga Lake and Hammond Lake—that offer a variety of recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and picnicking. These man-made lakes are surrounded by picturesque landscapes that include rolling hills and mixed hardwood and conifer forests.

Camping Information

Facilities and Campsites:

  • The Lakeside Campground, located on the north shore of Tioga Lake, and the Tompkins Campground, near the Cowanesque Lake, offer numerous sites for tent and RV camping.
  • Campsites typically feature amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and access to restroom facilities. Some sites may have electric hookups.
  • Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others can be reserved in advance through recreation.gov or by calling the park.

Reservations and Fees:

  • To avoid disappointment, especially during peak seasons or holidays, reservations are highly recommended.
  • Fees for camping vary by site and amenities. You'll need to consult the current fee schedule or the reservation system for accurate pricing.

Activities and Amenities


  • Both lakes have boat launches. Boating enthusiasts can enjoy activities ranging from kayaking and canoeing to motorboating.
  • Some areas may be restricted to non-motorized or electric motors only.


  • The lakes are known for warm-water fish populations, including bass, pike, and panfish.
  • A valid Pennsylvania fishing license is required for anyone age 16 and older.


  • Designated swimming areas may be available during the warmer months. These are usually marked for safety.


  • There are multiple hiking trails surrounding the lakes offering scenic vistas and wildlife watching opportunities.


  • Picnic areas equipped with tables and grills are scattered throughout the recreation area for day-use visitors.

Regulations and Safety

Fire Safety:

  • Follow all fire regulations, never leave fires unattended, and fully extinguish fires before leaving.


  • Store food securely and keep a safe distance from any wildlife you encounter.

Fishing and Boating Regulations:

  • Comply with state boating laws and fishing regulations at all times.

Alcohol and Pets:

  • Restrictions on alcohol consumption and pet policies vary. Check the specific guidelines for the recreation area before your visit.


  • Many recreation areas aim to accommodate visitors with disabilities. Contact the site directly to inquire about specific ADA-accessible facilities and services.

Contact Information

  • Before heading out, it's advisable to check the latest information with the recreation area's management. This might include weather-related advisories, changes in operating hours, or closures.

Address: Tioga-Hammond Lakes 477 Tioga-Hammond Lakes Tioga, PA 16946

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Website: [Include the website or a link to the reservation system]

Operating Hours:

  • The recreation area is typically open year-round, but certain services and facilities may be limited or closed depending on the season.

Local Attractions

  • Nearby attractions might include the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon (Pine Creek Gorge), state parks, and local wineries. Adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts will find plenty to explore in the region.


Tioga-Hammond Lakes Recreation Area offers a wealth of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're looking to camp under the stars, fish for bass, hike scenic trails, or simply enjoy a family picnic by the lake, this area has something to offer. Always respect the environment, follow the designated rules and guidelines, and make the most of your visit while ensuring it remains a pristine location for future visitors.

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