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Operations Manager: Robert Schnell
(570) 835-5281
FAX: (570) 835-5422
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Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mon-Sat
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Army Corps to close recreation sites across Pennsylvania, southern New York, Maryland, West Virginia in response to COVID-19


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The America the Beautiful Senior, Access (Golden Age/Access) and Annual Pass are now available at the Ives Run Visitor Information Center. Please call 570-835-5281 for more information on how to obtain these passes.

Boat launch fee collection begins May 1. $5/day to launch - Senior/Access Pass discounts apply. Annual pass available for $40.00. Call 570-835-5281 for more information.

Tompkins Campground opens May 15.

Check out our virtual tours posted on this page!

Are you interested in partnering with the Corps of Engineers? Watch this video - Corps of Engineers - Partnerships - to find out more about successful partnering projects across the Corps of Engineers.


Project Overview

Cowanesque Lake is located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania and lies on the Cowanesque River near Lawrenceville, PA. Construction of Cowanesque Dam was completed in 1980. The dam embankment is rolled rock and earthfill, 3100 feet in length and 151 feet above the lake bottom. Project purposes include flood risk management, water supply, low flow augmentation, and recreation. The Cowanesque Lake has 1,085 surface acres of water

The project offers recreation for the entire family. Boating, fishing, hunting, water-skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking, and amphitheater programs are just some of the recreational opportunities available.

The Tompkins Recreation Area and Campground is located along the north shore of Cowanesque Lake, 3 miles west of Lawrenceville on Bliss Road. The campground has 83 campsites, 16 hike-in sites, a 24-site group camp and a boat launch and beach for camper use.

The South Shore and Lawrence Day Use Areas are located on the south side of the lake west of Lawrenceville along State Route 49. South Shore Recreation Area has boat launching, picnicking and swimming facilities. Lawrence Recreation Area has picnicking facilities and shoreline fishing access.  There are two overlooks and two downstream fishing accesses.



Events Schedule


  • Sat, August 10th: Glow Swim, 8-10 p.m., Tompkins Campground Beach
  • Fri, August 16th: Tree ID walk, 4 p.m., Ives Run Campground Amphitheater
  • Sat, August 17th: Tree ID Walk, 4 p.m.,Tompkins Campground Amphitheater 
  • Sat, August 17th: Youth Field Day, 8 a.m., Ives Run 
  • Sat, August 17th:  Rock Painting, 5 p.m., Tompkins Campground Amphitheater
  • Sat, August 17th: Glow Swim, 8-10 p.m., Ives Run Beach
  • Fri, August 30th: Labor Day Fireworks, Dusk, South Shore 


  • Sat, October 5th: Ives Run Trail Challenge, 8 a.m., Ives Run