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Keystone State Park

Park Guide

Keystone State Park opened to the public in 1945. It consists of 1182.5 acres in Westmoreland County. The 78-acre Keystone Lake was constructed in the early 1900s to supply water for a coke plant located several miles downstream. The first 796 acres of park land were acquired from the Keystone Coal and Coke Company in 1945. Project 70 produced an additional 219 acres from the Atlantic Crushed Coke Co. and 154 acres from the Benedictine Society.

Recreational Opportunities

A wide selection of recreational opportunities exists during all seasons of the year. Visitors may select from:

Family Camping: One hundred tent and trailer sites are available from mid-April to October. A 40-site campground is located adjacent to the lake and a 60-site campground is situated in a more remote area of the park for those campers wishing more privacy. Both campgrounds have a modern bathhouse facility, and a sanitary dump station is also available.

Modern Cabins: Eleven modern cabins are available on a year-round rental basis. These cabins are located near the breast of the dam between the two campgrounds. The cabins consist of two bedrooms, modern bathrooms with all the conveniences, modern kitchen and a living room-dining room combination with a beautiful cathedral ceiling. Please call the park office for rental rates and additional information.

Boating: Non-powered and electric powered boats are permitted. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: 1) State Park launch permit, 2) State Park mooring permit or 3) a current Pennsylvania boat registration. Motorized boats must display a current registration. Boats registered in other states must display a Pennsylvania State Park launch permit in addition to their current registration.

A boat rental concession, public boat launching ramp and mooring area are provided for rowboats, sailboats, and canoes.

Swimming: A 1,000-foot turf and sand beach with certified lifeguards is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. A bathhouse with a first aid room and a food concession stand are located nearby.

Environmental Education: A visitor center is located in the campground for overnight and day users to enjoy. Programs are offered seasonally from spring to fall. Contact the park office for a schedule of activities.

Picnicking: Several picnic areas containing a total of 443 tables are located in the park. A picnic shelter is located on the north side of the lake and a second shelter is located near a ballfield below the lake.

Hiking: Much of the park can be seen best on foot. An 8-mile trail network invites you to explore the park.

Fishing: The lake is regularly stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission.

Hunting: Outlying areas of the park are open to hunting. Common game species are whitetail deer, pheasant and grouse. Hunting is prohibited on the lake and in the surrounding vicinity.

Exercise EXTREME CAUTION with firearms at all times. This is a public park. It is used by fishermen, campers and others throughout the hunting season. With the exception of: 1) hunting of woodchucks also known as groundhogs is prohibited and 2) dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations are in effect for all activities in the park.

Firearms and archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use by properly licensed hunters only in authorized hunting areas and during those seasons park areas are opened to hunting, or under special conditions which may be established by the Department.

Wildlife shall not be hunted, pursued, molested, or intentionally disturbed except that hunting, trapping, and the training of dogs is permitted within authorized hunting seasons and areas.

Bridle Trail: A 2-mile trial is available in the park.

Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, and Sledding: These winter sports are popular at this state park. We recommend that you contact the park manager to determine ice and snow conditions in advance of any planned outing. PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN CHECKING ICE THICKNESS.

Snowmobiling: Registered snowmobiles may use the 8-mile trail network. Designated snowmobile trails are closed to snowmobiling from September 25 to the last day of antlerless deer season, Sundays excepted. Daily snowmobiling begins after the antlerless deer season.

Nearby Attractions

For information on the many attractions in this area, contact Laurel Highlands, Inc., Town Hall, 120 E. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658, telephone (724) 238-5661.

Pennsylvania State Parks Mission

The primary purpose of Pennsylvania State Parks is to provide opportunities for enjoying healthful outdoor recreation and serve as outdoor classrooms for environmental education. In meeting these purposes, the conservation of the natural, scenic, aesthetic, and historical values of parks should be given first consideration. Stewardship responsibilities should be carried out in a way that protects the natural outdoor experience for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

Access for People with Disabilities

Special picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. A special fishing ramp is available for the handicapped fisherman.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park office, or make inquiries through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 18006545984 (TDD). The Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks will gladly discuss how to accommodate your needs.

Help Protect and Preserve Our Parks

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks is responsible for developing, maintaining and preserving the public lands it administers for the purpose of promoting healthful outdoor recreation and education.

Please make your visit safe and enjoyable by following posted rules and regulations. Park in designated areas and obey all speed limits.

Pets must be controlled at all times. They may not be taken into swimming or overnight camping and cabin areas.

All Pennsylvania state parks have instituted a recycling and waste reduction program. We urge all park visitors to join us in the recycling effort. During your stay, please use the recycling containers placed at various locations in the park.

Studies have shown that food waste is a major contributor to the park's total waste stream. Please plan your meals to minimize food waste and carry home any edible food.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Outdoor recreational activity shall be restricted to locations where physical improvements or posting designates the appropriate purpose and use. Similarly, fires and the disposal of hot coals are permitted only in provided facilities. Trash and all other litter shall be placed in containers provided for this purpose and shall be limited to litter accumulated during the use of state recreation areas.

Soliciting and the posting of signs is prohibited.

Natural areas may possess hazards not normally encountered. You are responsible for your family's safety. Parks are for people. - enjoy them year-round!

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, you may file a complaint alleging discrimination with: Bureau of State Parks; P.O. Box 8551; Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551 or Office for Equal Opportunity; U.S. Department of the Interior; Washington, D.C. 20240.

For More Information Contact:

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Keystone State Park
R.D. 2, Box 101
Derry, PA 15627
Telephone: (724) 668-2939
E-mail: keystone.sp@a1.dcnr.state.pa.us

For General State Park Information: Call 1-888-PA-PARKS

Information was taken from the Keystone State Park Map/Brochure

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