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part ofShenango River Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sun Sep 13 2015   Season Dates


Shenango Recreation Area is situated within the broad, flat, meandering valleys of the Shenango River and Pymatuning Creek.

Sharon, Pennsylvania is approximately 7 miles southwest and Youngstown, Ohio is about 21 miles west. Visitors to the area enjoy camping, boating and fishing.

Natural Features:

Shenango River Lake stretches 11 miles up its namesake river, covering over 11,000 acres. The shore is lined with a northern hardwood forest of shady and colorful trees such as Black Cherry, Beech, Maple and Hemlock.

Deer, turkey and other small game animals are plentiful, with excellent opportunities to observe osprey and eagles in the area.


The lake provides an attractive setting for picnicking, camping, boating or simply enjoying nature's beauty. Anglers fish for bass, walleye, muskellunge and a variety of panfish.

The lake is shallow and water levels generally drop throughout the summer, especially after the Fourth of July, depending upon rainfall.

The Seth Myers and Coonie Trails are each a half-mile in length. These self-guided interpretive nature trails invite visitors not only to experience the beauty of Shenango River Lake but also to learn about its varied habitats and relationships between plants, animals and humans.


This large campground contains over 300 campsites, many of which have electric hookups.

Flush toilets, drinking water, showers and a dump station are provided. A playground, horseshoe pit and boat ramp are on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

  • The Shenango Water Trail provides 7.5 miles of scenic river corridor for paddlers, with three access points between Kidds Mill Park and Big Bend. Personal Floatation Devices must be worn on all canoes and kayaks.
  • The historic Kidds Mill Covered Bridge features the unique "Smith-Truss" design from the 1800s.
  • Remnants of the Erie Extension Canal can be found nearby in Sharpsville below the Shenango Dam.
  • The Shenango and Mahaney Recreation Areas feature restoration chestnut tree orchards that are managed through a partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation for research and education, with the goal of developing blight resistant American chestnut trees.
  • Activities and Amenities

    Within Facility
    • Boat Ramp
    • Drinking Water
    • Dump Station
    • Electric Hookups
    • Flush Toilets
    • Horseshoe Pit
    • Interpretive Trails
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Shelters
    • Playground
    • Showers
    • Volleyball Courts
    Within 10 Miles
    • Beach Access
    • Firewood
    • Fuel Available
    • Grocery Store
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Marina
    Know Before You Go
    • The campground is open prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Campsites can occupied after Labor Day on a first-come, first-served basis; check with the Ranger Station for availability at (724) 646-1124.
    • The maximum vehicle length indicated on the site description is actually the total length of the site; keep this in mind when determining if your equipment will fit on the site
    • A picnic shelter is available for reservations; contact the project office at 724-962-7746 for details
    • Two camping units are allowed per site, one wheeled unit and one tent.
    • A visitor fee will be charged for any vehicle changes to the site
    • Pennsylvania state law requires children under 13 to wear a personal flotation device; all people on boats less than 16 feet in length must also wear a PFD
    • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    41.28889, -80.43833
    41°17'20"N, 80°26'18"W

    Take Exit 4B (formerly Exit 1) off I-80 and follow Route 18 north about 6 miles until you cross the lake's causeway. The park is on the left, but this is a divided highway. Continue north about 1/4 mile, exit to the right at Birchwood Drive, make the turn-around and go south on Route 18. Before you cross the causeway again, make a right onto West Lake Road and travel approximately 1/4 mile to the park entrance on the left.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    492 West Lake Road
    Transfer  PA  16154

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (724)646-1124
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