COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 12/4/2020: Effective Sunday December 6, 2020
All in-person programs are canceled until further notice.
This cancelation will impact First Day Hikes. More information will be provided on First Day Hikes.
Virtual programs will be offered. Check the calendar of events https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ for scheduled programs.
Effective 12:01 AM Friday November 20, 2020, by order of the Governor and to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until at least March 31, 2021:
- Visitor centers exhibit halls and interpretive areas will be closed
Overnight Stays and Out-of-State Visitors
The PA Department of Health aligned its quarantine guidance for people exposed to COVID-19 with the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance provides an option for a 10-day quarantine without testing or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day-five of quarantine.
If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
The incubation period for COVID-19 remains at 14 days and it is still most protective to quarantine for the full two weeks. However, the CDC has affirmed that quarantine can end after 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms, or after seven days if the person tests negative and has no symptoms.
This does not change the need for Pennsylvanians to continue to wear masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings with people outside of your household, and social distance. These efforts must continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.
We require guests to cancel if they are unable to honor the order. The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. The commonwealth continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply.
If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.
Caution: Please be advised that hunting season is open and permitted in designated areas within state parks. For your protection, all visitors should take proper precautions such as wearing a fluorescent orange vest and hat while recreating in areas of the park that are open to hunting during your visit. If you have questions please contact the park office.
SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.
Elk State Park
The 3,192-acre Elk State Park is in the rugged mountains of northern Pennsylvania.
The 1,160-acre East Branch Lake is large enough for unlimited horsepower boating and is great for waterskiing. The lake and nearby streams are stocked with warmwater and coldwater fish.
Seasons and Hours
The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.
Kinzua Bridge State Park office for facility seasons and hours.
Elk State Park is about eight miles east of Wilcox on SR 1006 and about nine miles south of Clermont on SR 1001.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.60621 Long. -78.55995
Swimming is prohibited in the lake. A swimming pool is available at
Bendigo State Park, about 13 miles away on PA 1004.
Access for People with Disabilities
This activity or structure is ADA accessible.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.
In an Emergency
Call 911 and contact a park employee.
Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.
763 Johnsonburg, PA 15857