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					                   A Pennsylvania Recreational Guide for      Canoe Creek State Park                                         BIKING: The one-mile Bike Trail is between US 22 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Environmental Education and                                  History
                                                                                                                             Mattern Road. The trail passes through the day use area and
            Canoe Creek State Park                            The 958-acre Canoe Creek State Park is in scenic Sinking       the historic site. The trail explores many habitats in the park,                                                                    Geologic formations in and around the park are rich in
                                                              Valley, 12 miles east of Altoona. This beautiful, modern       like forests, riparian areas, wetlands and fields. Bikes are        Canoe Creek State Park offers many popular environmental         limestone. This limestone was extracted and used for many
                                                              park features a 155-acre lake, wetlands, old fields and         prohibited on hiking and equestrian trails.                        education and interpretive programs for families, private        purposes, including supplying a raw material for the once
                                                              mature forests, which provide critical habitat for migrating                                                                      groups and school groups. Through hands-on activities,           thriving iron and steel industry of Pennsylvania. The park
                                                              birds and for one of the largest bat colonies in the           HORSEBACK RIDING: Equestrian trails loop through
                                                                                                                                                                                                guided walks and evening programs, participants gain             has several old quarry operations. Two calcining plants
                                                              Commonwealth. The lake is popular for fishing year-round.       the north side of the park. Mattern, Hartman, and parts of
                                                                                                                                                                                                appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of               (limekilns), the Hartman kilns site and the Blair Limestone
                                                              Hikers enjoy the trails that wind through the many habitats.   Moore’s Hill trails can be reached from the parking lot off of
                                                                                                                                                                                                stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
                                                              Picnicking, swimming at the beach, enjoying educational        Mattern Road. Horse rentals are not available in the area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Curriculum-based environmental education programs are
                                                              programs, and staying the night in a modern cabin are also     HIKING: 8 miles of trails                                          available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops
                                                              popular activities.                                            The trails explore forests, fields, wetlands, shrubby areas,        are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance
                                                                                                                             historic areas and the lakeshore. Brochures on wildlife and        and may be scheduled by calling the park office.
                                                                                                                             geocaching opportunities can be obtained at the education             Programs are offered year-round. For more detailed infor-
                                                              To reach Canoe Creek State Park, travel on US 22 to            center or the park office.                                          mation contact the park office or visit the park’s Calendar of
                                                              the small village of Canoe Creek (seven miles east of             Hikers should be prepared for trail conditions and dress for    Events at
                                                              Hollidaysburg), turn north on the Turkey Valley Road for       the terrain and weather. Please wear fluorescent orange when           An education center highlights the historical and natural
                                                              one half mile to Canoe Creek State Park, on the right.         hiking during hunting seasons.                                     resources of the park. Near the modern cabins, the center is
                                                                                                                                                                                                open year-round and provides brochures on the education
                                                                                                                             HUNTING AND FIREARMS: About 550 acres are open
                                                                      Reservations                                                                                                              program and the wildlife of the park.                            Company kilns site, operated in the park during the early
                                                                                                                             to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during estab-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1900s. The Blair Limestone Company Kiln remnants
                                                              Make online reservations at: or call      lished seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wildlife Watching                                    are the focus of historical and interpretive programs and
                                                              toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to            rabbit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Canoe Creek State Park maintains a variety of habitats for       displays. This company was a subsidiary of Jones and
                                                              Saturday, for state park information and reservations.            Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                wildlife. Old fields, wetlands, a lake and a limestone deep       Laughlin Steel Company of Pittsburgh, Pa.
                                                                                                                             hibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day follow-
                                                                      Recreational Opportunities                                                                                                mine are interspersed with deciduous woodlots, which                Canoe Creek State Park is a modern day use facility
                                                                                                                             ing Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                provide excellent habitat for over 200 species of birds and      developed during the Project 70 expansion era of state
                                                              MODERN CABINS: Eight modern cabins overlook the               Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the
Department of Conservation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       parks and was dedicated in 1979.
& Natural Resources                                                                                                          Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.          mammals.
                                                              lake and sleep six people. Cabins offer electric heat, two
Michael DiBerardinis, Secretary
                                                              bedrooms, living room/dining room, bathroom, kitchen and       Contact the park office for accessible hunting information.
                                                                                                                                                                                                BIRDING: The park is a stopover place during bird migra-
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania                                  modern conveniences throughout. A fire ring and picnic table       Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other                                                                                     Nearby Attractions
                                                                                                                                                                                                tions and serves as a summer nesting site for others. Canoe
Edward G. Rendell, Governor                                                                                                  visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and
                                                              are by each cabin.                                                                                                                Lake is great for seeing migrating waterfowl. Bluebird,          For information on nearby attractions, contact: Allegheny
                                                                 The cabins are within walking distance of the swimming      archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use only in
                                                                                                                                                                                                indigo bunting, cedar waxwing, oriole, red-winged blackbird      Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-842-5866,
              Canoe Creek                                                                                                    authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not
                                                              area and are available for year-round rental. The rental                                                                          and brown thrasher frequent the wetlands along Mary Ann’s
                                                              period in the summer is one week. During the remainder of      open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and
                                                                                                                                                                                                Creek. Osprey and bald eagle are noteworthy spring and fall        Within an hour’s drive of the park are the world famous
                                                              the year, they may be rented for a minimum of two days.        archery equipment must be kept in the owner’s car, trailer or
                                                                                                                                                                                                migrants.                                                        Horseshoe Curve, Blue Knob Ski Area, The Pennsylvania
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Because of Canoe Creek State Park’s excellent biodiver-       State University, State Game Land 166, and Rothrock and
                                                              FISHING: The beautiful 155-acre Canoe Lake is stocked
                                                                                                                             BOATING: electric motors only                                     sity and habitats, the park has been designated an Important     Gallitzin state forests.
                                                              with walleye, muskellunge, bass, trout, chain pickerel,
                                                                                                                             The 155-acre Canoe Lake has boat launching areas on both           Bird Area and an Important Mammal Area by the National
      Pittsburgh                                              catfish, crappies and other panfish. Pennsylvania Fish and
                                                                                                                             sides of the lake. Boat mooring is available along the eastern     Audubon Society.                                                          Access for People with Disabilities
                                   Harrisburg                 Boat Commission laws apply. Ice fishing is a popular winter                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                             shoreline. The boat rental, adjacent to the swimming area,            Checklists and geocaching brochures can be obtained at
                                         Philadelphia         activity during the extended trout season. The ice thickness
                                                                                                                             rents rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes.                    the education center or the park office.                          All facilities are ADA accessible. With prior approval,
                                                              is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is four
                                                                                                                                Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state.                                                                      service roads can be used for loading and unloading.
                                                              inches thick and carry safety equipment.                                                                                          BAT VIEWING: The Frank Felbaum Bat Sanctuary is
                                                                                                                             Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat                                                                           This symbol indicates facilities and activities that are
For More Information Contact:                                 SWIMMING: The sand beach is open from May to
                                                                                                                                                                                                one of the largest nursery colonies of little brown bats in      accessible. This publication text is available in alternative
                                                                                                                             registration from any state; launching permit or mooring
Canoe Creek State Park                                                                                                                                                                          Pennsylvania. On warm summer evenings, visitors attend bat       formats.
                                                              September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Please read and follow posted     permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at
RR 2, Box 560                                                                                                                                                                                   programs and watch the exit of the bats. A deep limestone          If you need an accommodation to participate in park
                                                              rules for swimming. Swim at your own risk.                     most state park offices; launch use permit from the
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9752                                                                                                                                                                    mine is a hibernaculum (where animals hibernate) for almost      activities due to a disability, please contact the
                                                                 The sand beach is 350 feet long and has a grass sunning     Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
814-695-6807                                                                                                                                                                                    30,000 bats of six species, including the federally endangered   Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks:
                                                              area and sand play areas. The bathhouse has showers and
e-mail:                                                                                                                                                                Indiana bat.                                                     888-PA-PARKS (voice)
                                                              dressing booths.
An Equal Opportunity Employer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    888-537-7294 (TTY)
                                                                A snackbar by the swimming beach carries a variety of fast           Winter Activities
                                                              food and drink items.                                                                                                                                                                              711 (AT&T Relay Services)                                                                                                         CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: All hiking, equestrian and
                                                              PICNICKING: Scenic, shaded areas on the east and
Information and Reservations                                  west sides of the park provide many options for picnics and
                                                                                                                             biking trails are available for skiing.                                                                                                    In an Emergency
                                                                                                                             ICE FISHING: This is a popular winter activity during the                                                                           Contact a park employee or dial 911. For directions to the
                                                              gatherings. There are picnic tables, charcoal grills and
Make online reservations at:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     nearest hospital, look on bulletin boards or at the park office.
                                                              charcoal disposal units.                                       extended trout season. The ice thickness is not monitored. or call toll-free                                                                                                                                                                                                                           NEAREST HOSPITAL:
                                                                 Three picnic pavilions are available for rental. Picnic     For your safety, be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry
888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to
                                                              pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for       safety equipment.                                                                                                                   Bon Secours Hospital Campus
Saturday, for state park information and
                                                              a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come,                                                                                                                                        2500 7th Avenue
reservations.                                                                                                                ICE SKATING: There are two ponds just north of the
                                                              first-served basis.                                                                                                                                                                                 Altoona, PA 16602
                                                                                                                             Beaver Dam Road Boat Launch.
6000-mp-dcnr1/306   2008          Printed on recycled paper                                                                  ICEBOATING: Iceboats must have a launch permit.                    Bat condo

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