Clear Creek State Park - Pennsylvania

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Description

Clear Creek State Park encompasses 1,444 acres in Jefferson County. The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River.

Cook Forest State Park is only 11 miles away.

Activities

Picnicking:

Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available throughout both parks. Clear Creek has five picnic pavilions, one of which is ADA accessible. 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.

Swimming:

The 180-foot 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. The swimming beach is in a small man-made lake. Soda machines are nearby.

Canoeing:

The Clarion River provides excellent canoeing especially during the spring and fall. The river is rated Class C (beginner) with an average downward flow of four miles per hour. Two popular canoe trips, 4 and 10 miles in length, are a popular attraction. Rental canoes are available from commercial sources outside of the park. Clear Creek offers a public canoe launch.

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.

Fishing:

The Clarion River borders the park and provides fishing for trout, warm-water game fish and panfish. At Clear Creek State Park, native trout inhabit Clear Creek and trout are stocked seasonally. PA Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.

Hiking: 25 miles of trails

The trails begin in the scenic Clear Creek Valley and follow the Clarion River and wander across the surrounding hillsides to several scenic overlooks. Rhododendron and mountain laurel abound throughout the park and many varieties of wildlife, including deer, bear, turkey and grouse inhabit the park.

No Feeding Wild Animals: Black bears are native to this area. All food should be put away after use and kept in a tight, secure container in the trunk of a car or in a camper. Feeding wild animals is pro-hibited. When wildlife loses its fear of people, these ani-mals can become pests, and dangerous situations can result.

Stay the Night

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

The wooded campsites at the park have a picnic table and fire ring. Access is not guaranteed during severe winter weather. Clear Creek State Park has 53 campsites, two are ADA accessible. Showers and flush toilets and a sanitary dump station are available. Near the campground are a nine-hole disc golf course and a concrete basketball court.

Clear Creek State Park offers a canoe/kayak camping area at the southern end of the campground. This area is for individuals and groups traveling on the Clarion River by canoe or kayak. Use of these sites is limited to one night and are for tent use only. Maximum group size is eight and the cost is $4 per person for a Pennsylvania resident and $5 per person for a non-resident.

Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position

The campground host site amenities include 30-amp electric service. Hosts are required to stay a minimum of two weeks and must be available 24 hours daily to assist park personnel. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Yurts:

The two round, Mongolian-style tents at Clear Creek State Park are on wooden decks and sleep four people in bunk beds. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and are adjacent to a water pump.

Rustic Cabins:

22 rustic cabins are near the Clarion River and are available from the second Friday in April until the third Friday in December. The rustic cabins are minimally furnished. Each cabin has beds, mattresses, refrigerator, table and chairs and is heated by a wood fireplace or gas heater. Occupants must provide their own bedding, cookware and tableware. Cabins sleep 4, 6 or 8 people. Extra cots are not available. Frost-free water faucets are outside. A showerhouse is nearby. One cabin is ADA accessible.

The cabins must be rented for one week, except in the spring and fall rental season. Firewood is not provided. Alcoholic beverages and pets are prohibited.

Winter Activities

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

Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing:

Snowshoeing is permitted on all trails. Cross-country skiing is recommended on selected trails.

Sledding:

There is a two-acre slope on the pipeline near Pavilion 3.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be scheduled in advance by calling the park office.

At Clear Creek State Park programs are offered spring through fall. A visitor center with logging and nature exhibits is open spring through fall. The Ox Shoe Self-guiding Historical Trail takes one hour to hike and reveals the logging history of the Black Forest of Pennsylvania.

Wildlife Watching

River corridors are natural transportation routes and so the Clarion River corridor has a great diversity of plants and animals. Great blue heron, mergansers, kingfisher and bald eagle are common river residents.

The Clarion River is designated a Wild and Scenic River for its scenic beauty, water quality, and archaeological significance.

History

The first public campsites at Clear Creek were opened in 1922. In May 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) greatly expanded the recreational facilities. By the time they departed in 1937, they had built the cabins, the swimming area, the food concession building, restrooms, trails, bridges and roads.

Contact

8 Clear Creek Park Road, Sigel, PA 15860-6702

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