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Park closed for dredging and other improvements:

Huntingdon, PA -Today, Bureau of State Parks officials announced work on the long-awaited dam dredging project at Whipple Dam State Park is set to begin the week of February 18, 2020.

Contractors will be moving in heavy equipment to clear trees from pre-existing sediment basins constructed in the park in the mid-1980s. They then will begin removing approximately 42,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment from the lake bed.

While the lake is drawn down, these additional projects will be completed: installation of a wheelchair-accessible ramp into the swimming area; construction of a new wheelchair-accessible fishing pier; paving repairs to roadways; and dam structure improvements.

Until further notice, all three pavilions and parking areas on both sides of the lake will be closed for the safety of park visitors and to help facilitate work of the contractor. The lake, including drawn-down lake bed area, will be closed to all activities for the duration of the project. Parking along Laurel Run Road, for access to surrounding Rothrock State Forest, will remain open.

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.


Whipple Dam State Park

The 256-acre Whipple Dam State Park is a delightful and quiet place to visit. The lake is the perfect place to indulge in a refreshing dip, bird watch, or just relax. The beautiful day-use area is wonderful for a picnic or hike.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day-use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. The beach and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the Greenwood Furnace State Park office for facility seasons and hours.


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 Pennsylvania map shows the location of Whipple Dam State Park. 


Whipple Dam State Park is in the northeastern corner of Huntingdon County, 12 miles south of State College. The park is easily reached by turning east off PA 26 at the Whipple Dam State Park sign.

GPS DD:  Lat. 40.6823  Long. -77.86436

This circular map shows the roads near Whipple Dam State Park. 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Learn, Experience, Connect

The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and recreation 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 park office. Programs are offered April to November. Contact the Greenwood Furnace State Park office for more detailed information.

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.

Nearest Hospital

Mount Nittany Medical Center
1800 East Park Avenue
State College, PA 16803

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