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COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 1/19/2021:  Effective Sunday December 6, 2020

  • All in-person programs are canceled until at least March 31st.

  • This cancelation includes all State Park and Forestry hosted events and festivals.

  • Virtual and self-guided 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.     If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.

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.

 
 
 

Raccoon Creek State Park

Raccoon Creek State Park is one of Pennsylvania’s largest and most visited state parks. It began as a Recreational Demonstration Area operated by the National Park Service in the 1930s during the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era.

The park encompasses 7,572 acres and features the beautiful 101-acre Raccoon Lake. Facilities are a mix of modern and rustic with group camps from the CCC era.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.

The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

Reservations

Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.

This map shows the park in Pennsylvania. 

Directions

Raccoon Creek State Park is in southern Beaver County. Access the park from the east and west on US 30, or from the north and south on PA 18, which passes directly through the park.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.50353  Long. -80.42473

This circular map shows the roads near the park. 

Wildflower Reserve

The Wildflower Reserve contains one of the most diverse stands of wildflowers in western Pennsylvania -- more than 700 species of plants. To learn more, visit Wildlife Watching.

Top 10 Activities at Raccoon Creek

  1. Take a hike! The park has 44 miles of trails to choose from.
  2. Catch some sun at the beach and stop by the concession for ice cream.
  3. Explore the 101-acre Raccoon Lake by kayak, canoe, row boat, or hydrobike.
  4. Enjoy a stroll through the Wildflower Reserve.
  5. Set up camp in the modern campground.
  6. Learn something new by attending an environmental education program.
  7. Go fish! Spend a day fishing for trout, panfish, bass, carp, or walleye in Raccoon Lake, Traverse Creek, or the Upper Lake.
  8. Explore the Frankfort Mineral Springs and discover the history of the “healing” waters.
  9. Stay in comfort by renting a cabin or the Lakeside Lodge.
  10. Take advantage of the almost 7,000 acres open to hunting for small game, deer, and turkey.

Learn, Experience, Connect

The park offers a wide variety of environmental education programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops also are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center.

Programs are offered year round. The center has exhibits and brochures about natural history and historic areas of the park. Contact the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center at 724-899-3611 for additional information.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

A two-plug, electric-vehicle charging station is available for public use in the park office parking lot. Please move to another parking space once your vehicle has been charged.

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 an employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the park office.

Nearest Hospital

Heritage Valley Beaver
1000 Dutch Ridge Road
Beaver, PA 15009
724-728-7000

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