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State Forest Leased Campsites

The DCNR Bureau of Forestry maintains more than 4,000 leased campsites across Pennsylvania.

A state forest leased campsite is a small parcel of state forest land (approximately 1/4 acre) that is leased to an individual, or to a group of individuals, to maintain a cabin solely for recreational purposes.

DCNR stopped leasing campsites in 1970, but existing leases are still utilized by the public.

If you already have a lease with DCNR, you can find helpful information about your lease by selecting the “Related Links” on the sidebar of this web page.

If you have additional questions, contact the leased campsite administrator at the forest district office where your campsite is located.

Learn more about DCNR​’s leased campsite program in the Leased Forest Campsite Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).

When buying and selling a cabin on leased state forest land, it is different from a typical sale. See DCNRs Information for Realtors Document (PDF).