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Picnic Areas

The majority, but not all, recreations areas at Raystown offer a nearby picnic shelter. Picnic shelters are available on a first come, first served basis (when not otherwise reserved) free of charge. Each shelter and recreation area is unique. Two other sites are available in addition to the sites listed below. The Decker mini-shelter is located near Oak shelter in Seven Points and offers covered space for 2-3 tables and the "Pagoda", located at the Dam overlook, offers bench seating for observation (no tables). .  These shelters are not reservable and available by walk-in only.  To learn more about amenities, click the shelters below.




Picnic Areas Reservations & Fees Rules & Tips

Aitch

Aitch shelter sits in a generally sunny area and overlooks the Lake. Lakeside fishing piers and excellent aquatic habitat makes Aitch a popular area for shoreline anglers. Enjoy a picnic and fish away the afternoon!

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Corbin's Island

Located along shady banks approximately 1/2 mile below the dam, Corbin's Island (not really an island) offers a quite, less crowded atmosphere. Nearby access to the cool, flowing waters of the Raystown Branch makes this shelter a great place to picnic, fish and float the river all in one day.

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Oak

Located in the larger Seven Points Recreation Area, Oak is arguably our most popular shelter. With a beach and marina within walking distance this shelter offers a great location in which to enjoy the lake.
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Redbud

Located in the larger Seven Points Recreation Area, the Redbud shelter is set away from the hustle and bustle of the lakeshore. Both Redbud and Dogwood shelters are identical and sit next to each other, separated by a playground (shelters available for reservation individually).

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Weaver Falls

Weaver Falls is located on the southern most end of the lake. This secluded shelter offers a quite location to host a small picnic.

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Allegheny

Located in the larger Seven Points Recreation Area, this octagonal shaped shelter sits atop a steep hill and offers one of the best views of the lake. A wooden deck surrounding the shelter offers front seats to this beautiful view.

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Dogwood

Located in the larger Seven Points Recreation Area, the Dogwood shelter is set away from the hustle and bustle of the lakeshore. Both Redbud and Dogwood shelters are identical and sit next to each other, separated by a playground (shelters available for reservation individually).

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Pine

Located in the larger Seven Points Recreation Area, Pine Shelter sits atop a sunny, open hill with beautiful views of the lake valley.

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Tatman Run

Tatman Run is located on the southern end of the lake. With a nearby beach and boat launch, Tatman Run is a great location to host a lake-side picnic.
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Picnic Areas

Picnic tables and pedestal charcoal grills are available in most recreation areas (except overlooks, Snyder's Run and Shy Beaver).  Tables are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved.  On summer holiday weekends visitors are encouraged to arrive early to obtain a picnic table and grill.  There is no fee to use or park at a picnic area.

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Reservations & Fees

Reservations for picnic shelters are $75.  Reservations are highly recommended for weekends and holidays– especially for Seven Points shelters. Reserve your picnic shelter by going to www.recreation.gov or by calling (877)444-6777.

 

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Rules & Tips

Knowing the rules and planning ahead will help you save a lot – time, stress, money and maybe a life!  Plan before you go and get the most out of your vacation!

Raystown lands and waters are subject to Federal rules and regulations under Title 36.  Copies of Title 36 are posted on bulletin boards and available from a ranger or the Visitor Center. The following is a partial list of rules provided to address picnic and shelter related questions and concerns.

  • Visitors may move picnic tables as needed.  Shelter users are requested to replace any tables removed from the shelter.
  • Hot coals and ash may be left in the grills.  Please do not burn trash.
  • Personal grills are permitted.  All fires must be contained to a grill (no ground fires).  Do not dump hot coals into dumpsters.

Shelter Users:

  • The person arranging the reservation serves as the group's point-of-contact and assumes responsibility for the shelter and it's use by the group.
  • Shelter reservations guarantee the shelter for daytime activities from the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Signs and other directional markers may be posted on the board provided at the entrance to each shelter.  Additional roadway signage is not permitted.  (Maps are available upon request)
  • Trash cans are not provided at the shelters.  However, dumpsters are provided in the shelter parking lot.  Please remove all trash.
  • Direct vehicle access may not be available.  For the safety of visitors and to avoid damage to our parks, vehicles are not permitted to drive to a shelter, on walkways, paths or over grass.  Under extenuating circumstances and only with permission may a vehicle access a shelter.  Requests for vehicle access  must be made in advance to a ranger or by calling (814) 658-3405.
  • Due to exclusive catering rights, professional catering services to Seven Points shelters MUST be arranged through Lighthouse Catering at (814) 658-2229.  If another cater is preferred Lighthouse Catering must be contacted for permission first.  Fees may apply.
  • Non-permanent decorations may be used at shelters.  Prior to departure all trash, decorations, tacks, tape, etc. must be removed.

 

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