Chapman State Park - Pennsylvania

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The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. Adjacent to state game lands and Allegheny National Forest, Chapman is an oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.



The main picnic area is by the beach and overlooks the lake. Five picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.


A sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules.

A concession stand, operated by Bollinger Enterprises, Inc.(BEI), is located at the beach area. The concession offers beverages, snacks, ice cream treats, firewood, ice, and an assortment of beach supplies as well as rentals of canoes, kayaks and paddle boats.

Boating: electric motors only

The 68-acre Chapman Lake has a boat launch and 41 seasonal mooring spaces on the western side, and mooring for registered campers on the eastern shoreline. A boat rental concession is in the beach area.

Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.


The 68-acre Chapman Lake has fishing for cold-water and warm-water fish, including brook and brown trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, yellow perch and sucker. ADA accessible fishing piers are on the eastern and western shorelines of Chapman Lake. Within the park and the surrounding Allegheny National Forest there is good trout fishing in the West Branch of Tionesta Creek and Farnsworth Run.

Hunting and Firearms:

Over 400 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, bear and small game. Allegheny National Forest and State Game Land 29 adjacent to the park are open to hunting.

Hiking and Backpacking: 12 miles of trails

In addition to the trails at the park, Chapman is the trailhead for backpacking trails on adjoining public lands. Map and trail information is available in the park office. Free parking is available at the park for those who would rather not leave their vehicles along public roadways. PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE PARK OFFICE.

Chapman State Park is in the midst of about 517,000 acres of Allegheny National Forest and state game land. When going on a hike, always take a map and compass and KNOW HOW TO USE THEM. Leave word with a family member, friend, or the park office concerning the trails you will take, destination and expected return time. Have a safe hike.


Although most hiking trails are not open to bicycles, all roads in the park and in the adjacent state game land and Allegheny National Forest are open to bicycles.

Stay the Night

Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups

This beautiful woodland campground has 82 campsites, modern restrooms with hot water, flush toilets and showers, water at convenient hydrants, an outdoor amphitheater, and a sanitary dump station. Pets are permitted at designated campsites. The campground is open from mid-April to mid-December. Winter access cannot be guaranteed and can be checked by contacting the park office.

Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position

Campground host site amenities include 50-amp electric service, water and sewer hookup. Free firewood is provided when available. Hosts are required to be available to assist park personnel and visitors 24 hours daily. Host guidelines including expected duties are available by contacting the park office. The minimum stay is for a two-week period. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Camping Cottages:

Three cottages sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring, electric lights and outlets and are adjacent to a water pump.


These Mongolian-style tents are round, on a wooden deck and sleep six people in two sets of bunk beds and one double bed. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and are adjacent to a water pump.

Organized Group Tenting:

Year-round, this rustic area is available for rent to adult and youth groups. The area has restrooms, fire rings, picnic tables and water is nearby. Advance reservations are required.

Winter Activities

Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.

Warming Hut:

On the western side of the park is a warming hut with a wood burning stove and benches.

Cross-country Skiing:

At least 4.4 miles of groomed ski trails connect with numerous trails in the adjoining national forest and state game land.


Chapman is a trailhead to over 300 miles of trails in Allegheny National Forest. Many of these trails are groomed depending on conditions. The trails are open after the end of deer season in late December through March 31. Chapman provides ample trailer parking, heated restrooms and a warming hut. Snowmobiles must stay on designated trails and have a current registration.


A seven-acre groomed slope on the western side of the park is lighted until 10 p.m., daily.

Ice Fishing:

The 68-acre Chapman Lake is stocked during the winter.

Ice Skating:

An ice rink is located across from the park office, behind the Environmental Learning Center. Constructed in 2011, this 120’ x 80’ on the ground rink is lighted nightly until 9 p.m. when conditions permit. Skates only please on the ice rink. Footprints on snow and slush can freeze and create hazardous conditions for skaters.

Iceskating is permitted on the natural ice of Chapman Lake, as conditions permit.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

An environmental interpretor is on staff for the summer season and offers movies, slide programs, guided walks, stream studies, children’s programs and other educational programs.


The park name honors Dr. Leroy E. Chapman (1881-1967) of Warren. Dr. Chapman was a State Senator from 1929 to 1963 and was very active in civic affairs.

Many community groups were instrumental in creating this popular state park. The first land for the park was acquired in 1949. A dam was constructed near the old earthen dam of the Bucher Mill Log Pond, which dates back to Bucher’s Mill that was built about 1849. Chapman State Park opened in 1951.


4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313-2830

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