Camping Overview

OVERVIEW: Kettle Creek State Park offers three Campgrounds. The Lower Campground, Upper Campground and the Equestrian Campground.

Reserving a Site: Most campsites in Pennsylvania state parks can be reserved 11 months in advance. to noon of the day of arrival. Campers without reservations arriving after noon should check at the contact station or near the campground entrance for instructions.  Reservations can be made using Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover credit cards or personal, traveler's, and cashier's checks.  To receive a confirmed reservation, full payment must be received by the Bureau within ten days of making the reservation.  To reserve a campsite, visit or call 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757),  Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on the Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Holidays

Campsite Issuing: Advance reservations are available for almost all campsites. Unreserved campsites are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. If an employee is not available, read posted instructions and check the "After Hours Posting Report" then proceed to an available site and set up. The appropriate fee must be paid to a park employee or deposited in a supplied honor system envelope before setting up on a campsite.

Cancellations and Transfers: Changes to online reservations must be made by calling the Pennsylvania State Parks Reservation Center a 1-888-PA-PARKS, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Cancellations can be handled via the internet under "My Account" or by calling the call center. Cancellations made up to the close of buisness seven days prior to your scheduled arrival date will incur a $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel six days or less prior to your arrival date, you will forfiet the first nights fee or $75, whichever is the lesser amount. There is a $10 fee accessed for all changes made to your reservation, except adding nights to the reservation.  Any cancellation or change on the day of arrival must be made through the state park that you have the reservation with.

Maximum Camping Period: Campers may stay in a state park campground for up to 14 consecutive nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Campers may camp for 21 consecutive nights during the remainder of the year.

Maximum Number of People Per Site: Site occupancy is limited to one family unit (persons living under one household) or one non-family unit limited to five persons per site. Anyone renting a campsite must be 18 years of age or older and must be present at the campsite.

Pets: Pets are permitted in the Upper Campground only. Please contact the park office or contact station for guidelines on pets. Guide dogs or other dogs that assist people with disabilities and are controlled by the use of a harness or other restraint are not considered pets.

Motor Vehicles: Only one car per campsite is allowed unless otherwise posted. Park only in designated areas.

Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic Beverages are prohibited in all Pennsylvania state parks.

Check-in/Check-out Times: Check-in time is 3 p.m. Campsites must be vacated by 3 p.m.

Visitor Quiet Hours and Noise: Visitors are welcome to campsites from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Campers must not disturb the sleep of others between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Electric generators that create excessive noise are prohibited.

Fires: Fires are permitted only in provided fireplaces or grills. Gas and propane camp stoves are permitted. Please be careful with fire. Fires must be attended at all times and extinguished before leaving the campsite.

Firewood: Firewood is not provided. Cutting live trees or standing trees and the operation of chainsaws are prohibited.

Hand washing/Dishwashing: Hand washing/Dishwashing are permitted only where appropriate facilities are available. Hand washing and dishwashing are prohibited at water spigots, hand pumps, springs, lakes and streams. 

Hunting/Firearms: Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting season.  In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner’s car, trailer, or leased campsite. The only exception is that law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearms concealed on their person while they are within the park.

Lower Campground

The Lower Campground is located 1.5 miles below the Dam. It sets along Kettle Creek and is a modern campground with 41 sites (All with electric hook-ups). It has a modern bath house with showers and flush toilets, and a sanitary dump station. The campground is open from the first Friday in April thru mid December.

Fees: Resident electric hook-up,  Friday/Saturday $29 per night. non-resident $31 per night. Sunday thru Thursday $25 per night resident and $27 per night non-resident.

Upper Campground

The Upper Campground overlooking the scenic reservoir has 27 sites (12 with electric hook-ups) and is open from the first Friday in April thru mid October.

Fees: Electric hook-up resident Friday/Saturday $27 per night and $29 per night non-resident. Sunday thru Thursday $23 per night resident and $25 per night non-resident.

Fees: Non-Electric Sites Friday/Saturday $21 per night resident and $23 per night non-resident. Sunday thru Thursday $17 per night resident and $19 per night non-resident.