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Wildlife Watching at Clear Creek State Park

Nearly four miles of the Clarion River flow through the park. However, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the valley and approximately 24 miles of the river throughout both Clear Creek and Cook Forest state parks and the Clarion River Lands.

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

Many sections of the river provide a glimpse into the past. Since the river was used as a transportation route, signs of settlements are located along the river banks. The most prevalent signs are from the logging era. Bracket dams and log landings are still visible.

Because river corridors are natural transportation routes, the Clarion River hosts a great diversity of plants and animals.

Plant species include:

  • Cardinal flower
  • Mountain laurel
  • Rhododendron
  • Many species of forest trees

Common bird species include:

  • Bald eagle
  • Great blue heron
  • Kingfisher
  • Merganser
  • Wild turkey

Mammal species include:

  • Black bear
  • Deer
  • Muskrat
  • Porcupine
  • River otter

Do Not Feed Wildlife

Feeding wild animals is prohibited. When wildlife loses fear of people, these animals can become pests, and dangerous situations can result.

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.