What to do in Yellow Creek State Park

Yellow Creek State Park is located in Indiana County along one of the first "highways" in the state, the Kittanning Path. This trail was used by the Delaware and Shawnee nations and by early settlers. Today, U.S. Route 422 roughly follows the old Kittanning Path and provides the main access to the park from Indiana and Ebensburg.

Day use areas were dedicated to public use in 1976. An additional 159 acres of developed land were purchased in 1982. Yellow Creek State Park offers a wonderful 720-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Hiking and picnicking are enjoyed lakeside. The swimming beach is 800 feet long and offers lifeguards each summer day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Four boat launches offer access to the warm water game species found in the lake. Winter months offer access to ice skating and ice fishing. Educational programs are offered to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Most of Yellow Creek State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons.

Yellow Creek State Park is located in Indiana County along one of the first "highways" in the state, the Kittanning Path. This trail was used by the Delaware and Shawnee nations and by early settlers. Today, U.S. Route 422 roughly follows the old Kittanning Path and provides the main access to the park from Indiana and Ebensburg.

Beginning in 1963, the 2,981 acres of park land were purchased by the General State Authority and by the Department of Forests and Waters through the Project 70 park expansion program. An earth and rock dam, creating a 720 acre lake was completed in 1969. Day use areas were dedicated to public use in 1976. An additional 159 acres of developed land were purchased in 1982.

Recreation
Yellow Creek State Park offers a wonderful 720-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Hiking and picnicking are enjoyed lakeside. The swimming beach is 800 feet long and offers lifeguards each summer day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Four boat launches offer access to the warm water game species found in the lake. Winter months offer access to ice skating and ice fishing.

Educational programs are offered to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A classroom building is located near the farm pond. A schedule of activities is available at the park office.

Most of Yellow Creek State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons.

Location
Yellow Creek State Park is located in the western half of the state. Take SR 422 for 12 miles east of Indiana, PA or 18 miles west from Ebensburg, PA to SR 259 South. Follow SR 259 to park entrance.

From Johnstown take SR 56 West to Brush Valley then SR 259 North to the park.

From Pittsburgh, take SR 22 East to SR 119 North to SR 422 East. Travel on SR 422 for 12 miles to SR 259 South. Turn right to park entrance.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Yellow Creek State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to -4 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Address
170 Route 259 Highway
Penn Run, PA 15765-9614

Phone: 724-357-7913

Email: yellowcreek@dcnr.state.pa.us
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