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Project Manager: Jude T. Harrington
Phone: 814-658-3405

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Raystown Lake
6145 Seven Points Road
Hesston, PA 16647

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Raystown Lake is the largest lake located entirely in Pennsylvania and offers 8,300 surface acres of clear water surrounded by 21,000 acres of forested mountain slopes.  Raystown is a multi-purpose lake constructed and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood damage reduction, recreation and natural resource opportunities, and hydropower.

Visitors come to Raystown to enjoy panoramic views of undeveloped land and waters, access to excellent public recreation facilities, and fishing and hunting opportunities.  From camping and boating, to hiking and mountainbiking, to Striped Bass fishing and Whitetail Deer hunting, and everything inbetween - Raystown offers something for everyone.

Explore us online or in person and discover what Raystown has for you!


Raystown Lake 2024 Cleanup Day

The Friends of Raystown Lake and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are calling on volunteers to participate in our annual shoreline cleanup at Raystown Lake scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tatman Run Recreation Area (rain or shine). Each year, volunteers remove around 2,000 pounds of trash from the shoreline to enhance the health and beauty of our important water resource. Volunteers will be provided gloves and bags and will be treated to breakfast and lunch. Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen and be prepared to work outside. We are especially in need of volunteer boats and operators to transport volunteers and bags of trash that will be collected. All interested volunteers should contact Park Ranger Scott Graham by email at or by phone at 814-658-6808.


January 16, 2024: Raystown Lake incorporates new fishing tournament safety meaures ahead of 2024 recreation season

In an effort to increase visitor safety, minimize traffic congestion and provide safe access for emergency vehicles at boat ramps during peak recreation season at Raystown Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, requests that fishing tournament directors schedule the start and end times of their tournaments outside of peak capacity weekend hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, between Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends, when first-come, first-served boating traffic is heaviest. Click here to access full news release with additional information.

Additional information regarding fishing tournament safety measures can also be found here

Raystown Photos

Spring time at Seven Points Beach
Hydro Loop on a beautiful sunny day.
Join us every year for Glow Swim & wear your illuminated lifejacket!
Lifejackets save lives! Wear it, Raystown Lake!
Check out the mountain bike skills park across from the Raystown Lake Visitor Center!
Wear your lifejacket and receive prizes from our Park Rangers!
Join us during the summer for Park Ranger led paddling programs! Make sure to grab a copy of our summer activities brochure for specific dates.
Volunteer Village at Raystown Lake accepts volunteers looking to reside for the summer at Raystown Lake and commit 20-30 hours a week.
This 2.5 mile long trail is made out of 38,000 recycled tires! This trail connects 19 recreation destination within Seven Points so instead of driving, park at the visitor center and walk!
Bobber the Water Safety Dog and water safety games can occur unannounced.  Keep an eye out for the fun when visiting the Beach!
Snyder's Run Paddle with a Park Ranger Program
Visit Hawn's Overlook to see the beauty of Raystown Lake!
Bobber The Water Safety Dog is right,  you do look best in your life vest!  Our Park Rangers think you do, too.  If you see a Ranger show them your life vest.  Better yet, wear it!  If a Ranger spots you wearing a life vest they might just give you a special prize.
Check out our 2 mile long greenside pathway. This trail is made out of 38,000 recycled tires! It also hugs the shoreline amongst beautiful wildflowers.
Join us every year for National Public Lands Day!
Calling all 4th graders! Come to the Raystown Lake Visitor Center to obtain your free EKiP pass that will get you and your family into all national/federal parks, for free!
Call now to reserve your shade shelter for the 2015 spring/summer season!
Come out to Raystown to walk your dog on the greenside trail during the winter months!
Spill gate completly open


Policy for Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

It is incumbent upon visitors of USACE recreation projects to know the rules concerning use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), such as drones. 

UAS pose a potential risk to USACE personnel, safety, infrastructure, equipment and mission conduct.

In accordance with Title 36 CFR, Parks, Forest and Public Property, Parts 327.4(b) and (c), UAS are prohibited from flying over any USACE projects, except over lands designated by the District Commander or Operations Project Manager.

If a person is operating a UAS in undesignated areas, without exclusive permission, or recklessly, local law enforcement may be called upon.

Please adhere to the information in the "Policy for Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at Corps Operations Division Project Lands of the Baltimore District."