Many campsites at four Pittsburgh District lakes - Berlin Lake, Shenango River Lake, Tionesta Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake - can be reserved in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), an interagency one-stop center for recreation reservations. Reservations can be made up to six months before arrival by calling the NRRS toll-free at 1-877-444-6777 or on their web site www.Recreation.gov. Campsites at all other Pittsburgh District lakes, as well as other campsites at Berlin, Shenango, and Youghiogheny, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Tionesta Lake, reservation can be made 6 months before your arrival for the 2016 recreation season at the Tionesta Recreation Area Campground.
Tionesta Recreation Area Campground
The Tionesta Recreation Area Campground will open May 23, 2016 and close September 5, 2016. Campsites have electric, water and sewer hook-ups and are $35 per night. Reservations are available from May 23 through Labor Day, September 6, 2016, by contacting the NRRS at the telephone number or web site above. Visitors will be charged $5 per vehicle per day during the summer months.
Outflow Camping Area
At the Outflow Recreation Area Campground, camping is possible year round. It is anticipated that the flush restroom and shower facility will open and fees will start the night of May 1 through October 2016. The camping fee is $15 per night. Camping will be free in October through May 1, 2016. Please call the project office at 814-755-3512 for more information.
Kellettville Camping Area
The Kellettville Campground - It is anticipated that this campground will open April 15, 2016. The camping fee is $12 per night through September 2015. Please call the project office at 814-755-3512 for more information.
Primitive Lakeshore Camping
These campsites are free and open year-round, weather permitting and only accessible by boat. More information on the specific locations of these designated camping sites is available from the Park Office.
Boat launching is $5 per day from April 16 through September 2016. An Annual Day Use Pass may be purchased for $40 ($15 with a valid Golden Age/Access Passport or America the Beautiful Senior/Access Pass). A USACE annual day use pass may be purchased at USACE Tionesta Lake park offices, which permits the holder and accompanying passengers the daily use of facilities managed by USACE for one calendar year. The public will also be able to obtain Interagency America the Beautiful Passes at Tionesta Lake and more than 240 USACE projects across the country.
Reservations are being accepted for the Outflow Picnic Pavilion. The rental fee is $45 with electric. Reservations can be made by calling the NRRS toll-free at 1-877-444-6777 or on their web site www.Recreation.gov.
Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids
The Boat/U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety has funded a Life Jacket Loaner Program for kids at Tionesta Lake. Fifteen life jackets in three sizes for children are available: infant, child and youth. The U.S. Coast Guard requires recreational boats to have a wearable life jacket on board for each passenger, but life jackets suitable for children are not always available. In addition, at Tionesta Lake and other Corps of Engineers lakes in the Pittsburgh District, it is required that children under 13 years of age wear a life jacket while boating. Children are especially at risk on and near the water. A properly sized life jacket can be the difference between life and death for a small child. A boater merely signs out the jacket(s) and returns it at the end of the day. Please call the Park Office to make arrangements.
The Information Center located on top of the Dam, is open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays during the summer months. The hours are 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
GPS Info (Latitude, Longitude)
From Tionesta, PA: Go 0.5 mile south on SR 36 and follow signs into the campground.
Emerald Ash Borer
Please use local firewood, from Forest, Warren, Elk and McKean counties, in an effort to curb the Emerald Ash Borer from further spreading. If you already have brought firewood from another area, you must burn it all before leaving. Thank you.