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Bald Eagle state Forest Advisories

Penns Creek Boater and Fisherman Alert

​October 1, 2018: Flood waters have wedged woody debris against the Penns Creek railroad bridge at Poe Paddy tunnel, entirely blocking passage downstream.  Boaters are advised to avoid the area.






A road resurfacing project on Breininger Gap Road and Timber Road started on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and was projected to last for a duration of two weeks. Due to the continued rainy conditions, crews were unable to finish the Timber Road project. The project will continue on Monday, September 17, 2018, with a goal to finish next week -- weather permitting. The project will proceed west from the asphalt portion of Timber Road to the Rock Springs Picnic Area. Thank you for your patience.

All triaxle trucks will use New Lancaster Valley Road and Locust Ridge Road to access the site. During the hours of 7:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, motorists should expect closures, delays, and limited access in this area. All work will avoid evening hours and weekends, and will proceed as scheduled given appropriate weather.

Proper signage will be staged at multiple road intersections, and Bureau of Forestry staff will be present to help direct traffic and answer questions throughout the job. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, contact the Bald Eagle State Forest District office at 570-922-3344.

Stover Gap and Havice Valley Roads REopened

The completion of road repairs on Stover Gap Road and bridge replacement on Havice Valley Road have enabled both roads to reopen.

Partial Closure of Shade Mountain Off Highway Motorcycle Trail System

Due to an active timber sale, the Bald Eagle State Forest will temporarily close a portion of the Shade Mountain Off Highway Motorcycle Trail System. The portion of trail to be closed is highlighted on the following map in yellow:

Shade Mountain Off Highway Motorcycle Trail System Map Showing Section of Trail Closed (PDF)

The affected trail is designated as more difficult and will be closed until completion of the timber sale. The timber sale contract is currently in effect until September 30, 2018. Signs will be posted informing users of the closure.

The balance of the trail system will remain open during the timber sale. Users of the trail system should be aware of active logging operations while using the portion of the trail designated as easiest to the south of Shade Mountain Road.

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.