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part ofTionesta Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Tue Sep 08 2015   Season Dates


Half of Forest County, where Tionesta Lake is located, is preserved as public lands. The region is known as one of Pennsylvania's best big game regions and is home to a remarkable variety of wildlife.

Campers come to the Tionesta Recreation Area Campground to enjoy the forested area just below the Tionesta Dam. The area is ideal for fishing as well as scenic hiking.

Tionesta is a culturally rich region with a long history. The Seneca Indian tribe named this area "where the water separates the land." Nearly a century ago, narrow gauge railways dotted the surrounding countryside, hauling out virgin timber from the hillsides.

Natural Features:

Tionesta Lake winds its way through the rugged hills of northwestern Pennsylvania. Surrounding public areas include the Allegheny National Forest, Cooks Forest State Park, Cornplanter and Clear Creek State Forests, the state fish hatchery and state game lands.


In-season hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and water skiing, are all available from Tionesta.

Visitors interested in wildlife viewing are likely to spot white-tailed deer, porcupine, wild turkey, osprey and opossum.

Outside the campground entrance is a beach area for swimming and picnicking along Tionesta Creek. No lifeguards are on duty.


A boat ramp and marina are on-hand for easy access to water sports. Electric hookups, showers and a playground are available as well.

Nearby Attractions:

Tionesta Creek Road, which winds through the Tionesta Creek valley upstream of the dam, is an excellent scenic drive with spectacular views.

The nearby Allegheny National Forest also makes a great day trip.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Marina
  • Parking Area
  • Pavilion
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Water
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Community Park
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Please note that this campground is not on Tionesta Lake, but is located a short distance below the dam.
  • Sites 69 and 71 are reserved for visitors with disabilities and require a Golden Access or America the Beautiful Passport
  • Parking on the grass is prohibited
  • 2 vehicles maximum per campsite
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • This campground has first-come, first-served campsites
  • There is a limit of 1 wheeled camper and 1 tent per campsite, or 2 tents per campsite
  • Please register for your campsite during the fee booth hours
  • Moving campsites after arrival is strongly discouraged
  • For more information, please call 814-755-3512 or 814-755-3592
  • 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):
41.48431, -79.4491
41°29'4"N, 79°26'57"W

From Tionesta, PA: Go 0.5 mile south on SR 36 and follow signs into the campground.

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Information:  (814)755-3512
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