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Camping Closed at Moon Lake Recreation Area

Moon Lake Recreation Area is now closed for camping as we are further evaluating the site. For additional information about other camping opportunities contact the Pinchot State Forest Office  by calling 570-945-7133 or via email at .

Stone Collecting Permits Suspended

After review, the decision has been made to suspend the issuing of stone collecting permits on the Pinchot State Forest until the District Resource Management Plan is completed. The reason for this suspension is to evaluate and determine if and where stone collection is permissible based on ecological, historical, cultural reasons and to complete the District forest resource management plan.

Restricted Activities on Pinchot State Forest

Camping on Designated Campsites in the Pinchot State Forest will not be permitted from November 21 to December 12 inclusive. Primitive backpack camping will still be permitted.

Fuel wood cutting on the Pinchot State Forest is not permitted from November 21 to December 12 inclusive.

Dam Removal and Stream Restoration

The Pinchot Forest District plans to remove Olyphant #1 Dam starting in 2016 to begin the restoration of the Grassy Island Creek channel. The removal is necessary to improve public safety, restore aquatic habitat, and water quality in and along Grassy Island Creek.

Maps of New Pinchot State Forest Lands

Maps of newly acquired state forest lands in the Pinchot State Forest are now posted on the Pinchot Maps webpage.

Portions of Pinchot State Forest Closed

Due to public safety concerns the Avondale portion of the Pinchot State Forest in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County has been closed to the public for mine reclamation work since April 2015. Public entrances will be posted as closed until the project is completed.

Don't Move Firewood

To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.