Opening of Recreation Areas at Tioga-Hammond & Cowanesque Lakes

Published March 25, 2013

The US Army Corps of Engineers at Tioga-Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes announce the opening of various recreation areas for the 2013 recreation season.

The Lambs Creek boat launch, courtesy dock, comfort stations and picnic area at Tioga Lake are scheduled to open on Sunday, April 1, 2013. 

The Ives Run Campground and Day Use area at Hammond Lake and the South Shore Recreation area at Cowanesque Lake are scheduled to open Saturday, April 20, 2013.  Courtesy docks will be in place at all boat launches on that date.

From April 20 to May 14, camping will be by RESERVATION ONLY.  The campground office will not open until May 15.  Hawthorn Bathhouse and Pine Camp will be the only Ives Run campground restrooms open until May 15.  Mooring slips will be available for rent beginning May 15 as well.

The Tompkins Campground at Cowanesque Lake is scheduled to open on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. 

Camping reservations and shelter reservations may be made by calling Reserve America toll free at 1-877-444-6777 or online at

The 2013 Annual Day Use Pass is now available for purchase at the Ives Run Recreation Area Visitor Information Center.  The pass costs $30.  There is a 50 percent discount for holders of the Golden Age, Golden Access and the America the Beautiful ─ National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior or Access Pass.

For further information, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (570) 835-5281, or visit the Visitor Information Center. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  “Like” us on Facebook to get updates on events and facility openings and closings.

Marilyn Jones

Release no. 13-007