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Stay the Night at Parker Dam State Park


Rustic Cabins

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

Surrounded by trees, the 16 rustic cabins can be rented year round. Each cabin has a nearby modern restroom with a sink, shower, and flush toilet.

The cabins sleep four, six, or eight people, and are heated by gas and a fireplace.

Each cabin has:

  • Bunk beds
  • Mattresses
  • Gas cooking stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Table and benches

Renters must provide their own:

  • Bedding
  • Firewood
  • Cookware
  • Tableware

During the summer season, cabins only rent by the week. During the off-season, the minimum rental is two nights.

Up to two dogs are permitted at Cabins 11 and 12.

Advance reservations are required.

Parker Dam State Park Cabin Map (PDF)

Tyler Cabin

This unique, octagonal log cabin can be rented year round. The large, one-room cabin features:

  • Gas heat
  • Ceiling fans
  • Table and benches
  • Large, central, stone fireplace
Eleven people can sleep in bunk beds.

A small alcove with a galley-type kitchen holds the gas stove and refrigerator.

Up to two dogs are permitted.

There is an ADA accessible, non-flush restroom nearby.

Make a reservation for Parker Dam State Park.


Flush toilets, warm showers, some electric and full-hookup sites

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The camping area is on the eastern side of the lake and has completely shaded sites to open grassy sites.

It is open from the second Friday in April through mid-December, and has a sanitary dump station.

Electric hookups are available at most campsites. Some sites have full-hookup, which includes:

  • Sewer
  • Water
  • Electricity

Pets are permitted on designated sites

The maximum stay is 14 days during the summer season and 21 days during the off season. Campers must vacate the park for 48 hours between stays.

A seasonal camp store has camping equipment and supplies.

Parker Dam State Park Campground Map (PDF)

Free Camping for Campground Hosts

Two host positions

Campground host sites are full-hookup campsites that include 50-amp electric service, water, and sewer hookups.

The host is required to assist park personnel for 40 hours-per-week with a minimum stay of two weeks. Duties include:

  • Provide on site contact with campers during the time the park office is closed
  • Litter pick up around restrooms, play areas, and throughout campground
  • Check restrooms prior to retiring to stock toilet paper and report any problems
  • Maintain campsite markers so they are straight and have a place to display permit
  • Collect fees for pets, extra car parking, showers, and camping as required
  • Notify park ranger/manager/911 in case of emergency at the park by phone or radio

Contact the park office for additional information and availability about the Campground Host Program.


The park is the western trailhead of the Quehanna Trail System. Through a series of loops and connecting trails, this system offers more than 73 miles of hiking opportunities of one to six nights in duration.

There is no backpack camping in the park.

Trail maps are available at the park office. After registering at the park office, backpackers should park in the second car parking lot by the campground. This lot is closed during the winter.

Organized Group Tenting

These open, grassy areas are in the northern end of the park at the intersection of Mud Run and Tyler roads. One area holds 20 people and the other area holds 50 people.

These rentable tenting areas have:

  • Non-flush toilets
  • Water hydrants
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings

For an additional fee, organized groups can use the campground showers.

Advance reservations are recommended.

Make a reservation for Parker Dam State Park.