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Boating at Yellow Creek State Park

up to 20 hp motors permitted

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake has boat launching ramps at the:

  • North shore
  • South shore
  • Beach day-use area
  • Grampaps Cove (small launch)

Overnight mooring of boats is permitted in the park by special permit only.

For your safety, please be certain that required U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices are on board for all passengers.


Iceboating is permitted on the lake provided the boat displays a launch permit. Iceboats are not available for rental. Ice thickness is not monitored.

Explore the Winter Report for the current ice thickness.

Boat Registration

Motorboats must display a current boat registration.

Non-powered boats must display one of the following:

  • Boat registration
  • Launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania state parks -- available at most state park offices
  • Launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Complete information about boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Boat Rental

Located in the main day-use area, the boat rental is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The hours of operation are:

  • Weekdays -- 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • Weekends -- 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

It rents:

  • Pontoon boats
  • Motorboats
  • Canoes
  • Pedal boats
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards

Boats are rented first-come, first-served, and can be rented by the hour or by the day.

Weekly rates are available for our overnight guests. The concession is operated by Yellow Creek State Park with staffing provided by Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For more information, contact the park office 724-357-7913.