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part ofAllegheny National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Tue Oct 20 2015   Season Dates


Buckaloons Campground sits at the confluence of the Allegheny River, Brokenstraw Creek and Irvine Run in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Allegheny National Forest covers nearly half a million acres and is populated primarily with black cherry, maple and other hardwoods. The Kinzua Dam, built in 1965, impounds the Allegheny River to form the 25-mile-long Allegheny Reservoir.

Natural Features:

Once the site of an Indian trading post, the Buckaloons Recreation Center has numerous apple trees through the area, as well as mixed hardwoods.


Water activities are the biggest draw to Buckaloons Recreation Center, including canoing, kayaying, rafting and boating.

Hunting, fishing and trapping are permitted, subject to rules of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Fishing includes walleye, trout and bass.

There is also hiking along the Seneca Interpretive Trail.


Buckaloons Recreation Area offers 57 family campsites, two double sites and a group tent site. Amenities include both flush and vault toilets, a pressurized water system, hot showers, a dump station and electric hookups.

There is a one-lane concrete boat launch, a picnic area with tables and charcoal grills, pavilion, basketball court and playground. Hardened paths lead to fishing opportunities on the Allegheny River, Brokenstraw Creek and Irvine Run.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Basketball Courts
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hot Showers
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Drivers should be aware of low branches and power lines, especially at parking aprons
  • Power boaters should be aware of large rocks in the Allegheny River
  • Off-road vehicle use is not permitted in the campground
  • The river is not suitable for large boats
  • This area is popular with hunters; campers should wear bright fluorescent-colored clothing if hiking and/or camping during hunting seasons
  • Pets must be on a leash
  • Pets are not to be left unattended at campsite
  • Dogs are not allowed on beaches
  • Please clean-up after your pets
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.83972, -79.25639
41°50'23"N, 79°15'23"W

Just south of US Routes 6 and 62, turn right on first road, and left into the recreation area.

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Information:  (814)563-4043
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