What to do in Bald Eagle State Park

Bald Eagle State Park, as well as the Bald Eagle mountains and valley and the Bald Eagle Creek were named after the well-known Chief Bald Eagle of the Lenni Lenape nation.

The construction of this park was made possible by the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. It was the Corps of Engineers who acquired the land and constructed the Foster Joseph Sayers Dam in 1969. Some basic recreational facilities were completed in 1971. Today, visitors may choose from a wide selection of recreational opportunities which include: swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, waterskiing, hiking, both primitive and modern camping, environmental education programs, ice fishing, ice skating, cross country skiing, sled and tobogganing, boat rentals and a marina with 368 marina dockage spaces, 80 summer dry storage spaces and 60 winter dry storage spaces.
Handicapped accessibility is available from most park facilities.

Bald Eagle State Park, as well as the Bald Eagle mountains and valley and the Bald Eagle Creek were named after the well-known Chief Bald Eagle of the Lenni Lenape nation. Bald Eagle or Wapelanewack, as the chief was known in his native tongue, inhabited the areas near Milesburg until approximately 1720 when his nation was conquered by the Iroquois. It was some 250 years later on July 4, 1971 that Bald Eagle State Park was opened to the public.

The construction of this park was made possible by the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. It was the Corps of Engineers who acquired the land and constructed the Foster Joseph Sayers Dam in 1969. Some basic recreational facilities were completed in 1971. At that time, by prior lease agreement, the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, assumed the responsibility of operating 5,900 acres of the project land for recreational purposes.

Recreation
Visitors may choose from a wide selection of recreational opportunities which include: swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, waterskiing, hiking, both primitive and modern camping, environmental education programs, ice fishing, ice skating, cross country skiing, sled and tobogganing, boat rentals and a marina with 368 marina dockage spaces, 80 summer dry storage spaces and 60 winter dry storage spaces.

Handicapped accessibility is available from most park facilities.

Location
Bald Eagle is located in the middle of the state just off PA Route 150, midway between Milesburg and Lock Haven. It is accessible by Interstate 80. East bound traffic should exit at Interchange 23 and go north on PA Route 150 approximately 10 miles to the park. West bound traffic should exit at Interchange 26 and go north on U.S. Route 220 and south on PA Route 150 approximately 13 miles to Bald Eagle State Park.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Bald Eagle State Park area generally has cold winter months with temperatures averaging from 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius).

Address
149 Main Park Road
Howard, PA 16841-9607

Phone: 814-625-2775

Fax: 814-625-9130

Email: baldeagle@dcnr.state.pa.us
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