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Opening of State Park Campgrounds, Overnight Lodging for 2024 Trout Season

from PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Opening of State Park Campgrounds, Overnight Lodging for 2024 Trout Season

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn encourages anglers to use state park campsites and other lodging for overnight fishing trips during trout season.

“State parks are great places for fishing and camping throughout the year, which makes them perfect places to do both for the start of trout season,” Dunn said. “We are proud to offer overnight accommodations to trout anglers and look forward to seeing a great turnout this year people get back outdoors this spring. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to visit out our beautiful state parks to experience Pennsylvania’s natural beauty, whether you are camping, fishing, or needing to get some fresh air.”

Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 budget proposal includes another strong investment in the stewardship of Pennsylvania’s natural resources, with $8.5 million new funding to build trails and $5 million to expand the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps program.

There are 86,000 miles of rivers and streams, and thousands of lakes and ponds in Pennsylvania. Much of this abundant freshwater wealth is found in more than 100 state parks and 20 state forests that permit fishing with the proper fishing license.

“Pennsylvania is fortunate to have incredible public access to the water for fishing and boating, and state parks are at the top of the list when it comes to convenience on Opening Day and throughout the trout season,” said Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). “More than 70 state parks are being stocked with trout this season and many offer camping opportunities to make your fishing adventures even more memorable.”

Campsites and other lodging at state parks can be reserved online on a first-come, first-served basis or by calling 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), Monday through Saturday, 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. A list of state parks that accommodate trout fishing with campsite or lodging availability can be found on DCNR’s website.

Check individual parks for specific camping availability as some options (cabins, yurts, lodges, etc.) are already reserved.

Fishing in Pennsylvania requires a fishing license. For more information about purchasing a fishing license visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website. Anglers who plan to fish from a boat this trout season are reminded that the PFBC’s cold weather life jacket requirement is in effect from November 1 through April 30. Under this rule, anyone aboard a boat 16 feet or less, including all canoes and kayaks, is required to wear a life jacket.

Through a partnership with the PFBC, the American Sportfishing Association, and DCNR, the public can borrow fishing rods, reels, and an equipped tackle box to try fishing while at the certain parks. Whether you are giving fishing a try for the first time, or returning to a childhood activity, some state parks provide free tackle for loan. A list of those parks can be found on DCNR’s website.

The program is a part of DCNR’s efforts to ensure nature is accessible to all Pennsylvanians. Those seeking to use loaner equipment are asked to contact the park office to ensure availability.

For more information about camping at state parks, visit DCNR’s website.

Visit DCNR’s website for more information about Pennsylvania’s 124 state parks, and check out DCNR’s Calendar of Events for events on public lands.