US Army Corps of Engineers
Baltimore District

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Army Corps releases draft Raystown Lake Master Plan for Update: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the draft Raystown Lake Master Plan and is seeking comments and feedback from the public until December 7, 2019.  Open house sessions will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4 in the Raystown Lake Visitors Center Multipurpose Room, 6993 Seven Points Road, Hesston, Pennsylvania. The project team will also provide an informal Master Plan highlights session each day to feature highlights of the plan with the public. Sunday’s highlight sessions will occur at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m.  Monday’s highlight sessions will occur at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.  

The public is invited to attend the open house at any time during these hours to interact with the project team, ask questions and learn more about the draft plan.


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Click here for more info on the Raystown Lake Master Plan Revision.  

Fall 2019 Camping Information: Raystown Lake will begin to offer advance campsite reservations at Seven Points starting with the spring 2020 camping season.  The maximum booking window of six months prior to arrival still applies, which means reservations for spring 2020 can begin as early as Oct. 3, 2019, for the April 3, 2020, opening spring season date.   In the past, sites were only available in advance from mid-May to Labor Day. For the remainder of the fall 2019 season, campsites are available only on a first-come, first-served basis for the day of arrival and are not available to reserve in advance.  Anyone wishing to camp in Seven Points Campground may move onto any campsite that does not have camping equipment on it nor is displaying an active permit.  Payment can be made at Seven Points Entrance Station Friday through Monday from 12-4 p.m., or by using the honor system when the station is unattended.


District Contact Info

Project Manager: John J Kolodziejski (acting)
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 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