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Camping at Tionesta Lake State Park

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Overview of Tionesta Lake State Park

Tionesta Lake is a man-made lake controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers located in the Allegheny region of northwestern Pennsylvania. The primary purpose of the lake is for flood control, but it also provides a wealth of recreational activities, including camping, boating, fishing, and wildlife observation.

Camping at Tionesta Lake


  • Tionesta Recreation Area Campground: This area features various campsite options, including RV and tent sites, many with electric hookups.

  • Outflow Campground: Located near the outflow of Tionesta Dam, offering another camping option with basic facilities.

  • Primitive Camping: There are also opportunities for primitive camping for those seeking a more rustic experience.


  • Reservations for campsites can be made through the Recreation.gov website or by phone. It's recommended to make reservations well in advance, especially during peak season.

  • Walk-ins may be available, but it's best to check the current status or call ahead for availability.


  • Restrooms and showers are typically provided at established campgrounds.

  • Some sites may offer amenities like picnic tables, grills, and fire rings.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Observe quiet hours, typically from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Fires must be confined to designated fire rings or grills.

  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.

  • Pets must be leashed and supervised at all times.

Activities at Tionesta Lake

Fishing and Boating:

  • Tionesta Lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, including species such as walleye, muskie, and bass.

  • Boating is popular on the lake, and there are boat launch facilities available. Boaters should adhere to all Pennsylvania boating regulations.


  • There are several hiking trails around Tionesta Lake that offer scenic views and wildlife spotting opportunities.

Wildlife Observation:

  • The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including deer, black bears, turkey, and various bird species.


  • There are designated picnic areas for visitors to enjoy.

Important Tips for Visiting Tionesta Lake

Weather Preparedness:

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions and pack appropriate clothing and gear.


  • Always wear life jackets when on the water.

  • Be aware of the potential for rapid changes in water levels, especially near the dam and outflow areas.

Local Resources:

  • Check with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tionesta Lake website or contact the project office for the latest information on conditions and facilities.

  • The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission can provide further information on fishing regulations and licenses.

Environmental Protection:

  • Dispose of all trash properly or pack it out.

  • Respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

Please note that this information is intended as a general guide and may be subject to change. Always check the latest park information before planning your trip, as facilities, rules, and activities can change due to various factors including season, weather, and management decisions.

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