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Army Corps to close recreation sites across Pennsylvania, southern New York, Maryland, West Virginia in response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/20/2020

Raystown Lake camping closed in response to COVID-19, but areas remain open

RAYSTOWN LAKE, Pa. —The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, has closed or delayed the opening of Corps-owned and managed recreation sites indefinitely, effective immediately, due to the concern for public health and safety of its employees and the visiting public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, all Seven Points campsites, including Ridge, Meadow, Point, and Senoia, will remain closed at least through the month of April, possibly longer. All Nancy’s Camp boat-to-shore campsites will also be closed during this time. All reservations at these campsites made through Recreation.gov have been cancelled, and refunds are being processed by the reservation company.

In addition, the Raystown Lake Visitors Center is closed to all public use. America the Beautiful passes are not available for sale at the lake during the closure, but they can be obtained through the USGS store at https://store.usgs.gov/pass. The retail store operated by the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau is also closed to the public until further notice.

All special events, including fishing tournaments, fish structure building days, and all other group gatherings have also been cancelled through the end of April.

However, the plan is to keep day-use facilities and lake access areas open, such as boat launches, picnic areas, fishing piers, and viewing areas. These areas are, however, subject to evolving COVID-19 conditions and may need to eventually close at specific sites.

Raystown Operations Manager Jude Harrington stated, “We encourage individuals and families to use our facilities to fish, walk, exercise, and strengthen their health. Social distancing is important, so don’t come in groups, but use the outdoors we have at Raystown Lake to burn off that excess energy and stay healthy.”

Restrooms that support boat launches and other day-use areas will receive additional cleaning and sanitation wipe downs.

All of the trails in Seven Points, including the Allegrippis Trails and the Greenside Pathway, are available for bikers, hikers and runners.

Areas open at present include: Raystown Dam, Ridenour Overlook, Corbin’s Island, Snyder’s Run, Aitch, James Creek, Tatman Run, Shy Beaver, and Weaver Falls. Facilities inside Seven Points that are open include: Greenside Pathway, Hillside Nature Trail, Old Logger’s Trail, Allegrippis Trails, Public Boat Launch, and Oak restroom.

For more information, visit http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/Dams-Recreation/Raystown/ or call 814-658-6809.

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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

Email us: raystown.web@usace.army.mil

 


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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
 
 

 
 
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