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Fishing at Raymond B. Winter State Park

The park is a coldwater fishery, stocked with brown, rainbow, and brook trout.

With the exception of the swimming area, the lake and its tributary streams are open to public fishing. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks the lake and Rapid Run regularly during the season.

Many anglers gather near the sandstone dam or the fishing pier.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is permitted on natural ice of Halfway Lake.

Ice thickness is not monitored.

Be Safe on the Ice

  • Test ice thickness with an auger before recreating. Four inches of solid ice is the minimum recommended thickness for a single person. Seven inches of solid ice is the minimum recommended thickness for small group.
  • Always carry safety equipment and know how to use it.
  • Spread out. Crowds can put too much weight onto one area.
  • Be aware of changes in ice thickness across a body of water. Perimeter ice is weaker due to shifting, expansion, and sunlight reflecting off of the bottom.
  • Avoid areas with protruding logs, brush, plants, and docks. These structures absorb heat, weakening the surrounding ice.
  • Avoid areas with multiple or intersecting cracks, and standing water over ice.
  • Venturing out on ice alone is not advisable. Take a friend along for fun and for safety.
  • Wear a PFD (life jacket).
  • Check the weather and plan accordingly. Several days with temperatures above freezing will weaken the ice.

Fishing Resources

Halfway Lake Water Depth Black-and-White Map (PDF)

Halfway Lake Water Depth Color Map (PDF)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.