US Army Corps of Engineers
Baltimore District

2019 Events


Friday, May 31st at 7:00 PM Dylan Miller & Kevin Koa-You can’t miss this singer-songwriter-musician duo for a bluegrass spectacular show!

Saturday, June 1st at 7:00 PM Altoona Horseshoe Barbershop Chorus-Join this four part harmony-a Capella group as they sing memories of the 50s and 60s!

Friday, June 7th at 6:00 PM-National Get Outdoors Bird Watching Paddle Tour. Raystown Lake is home to some beautiful scenery that can only be viewed from the water! Join a Raystown Park Ranger on this boating adventure. We will meet & launch from Aitch Boat Launch. This outing is open to experienced swimmers with their own kayak or other non-motorized boat. Participants need to bring their own boat, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket (properly fitting and serviceable), and paddles. Pre-registration for this event is required and space is limited. Call (814)658-6813

Saturday, June 8th at 10:00 AM-National Get Outdoors Day Mountain Bike with a Ranger.  Join a Park Ranger on this guided mountain bike experience on the Allegrippis Trails Deer Loop! Meet at Bakers Hollow Parking Lot. This outing is open to experienced mountain bikers with their own bike. Participants must wear a helmet. Pre-registration for this event is required and space is limited. Call (814)658-6813.

Friday, June 14th at 7:00 PM Skins, Scat & Skulls! RayCEP explores the common and not so common critters that call Pennsylvania home.

Saturday, June 15th at 12:00 PM-PA Black Bear. Join the PA Game Commission as they talk about the beautiful black bear. Get to know the life cycle and the problems associated when our biggest omnivore comes in contact with humans!

Friday, June 21st at 7:00 PM-National Pollinator Week-BEEutiful Pollinators. Celebrate National Pollinator Week with the RayCEP as they present on natures partners, pollinators and plants! You might even make a few pollinator crafts that will attract pollinators in your backyard!

Saturday, June 22nd at 7:00 PM-National Pollinator Week-Mysterious Bats! Find out how bats play a critical role in our environment and help maintain comfort in your backyard. RayCEP interns are here to shed some light on these nighttime creatures and explore efforts to insure their survival in the region.

Friday, June 28th at 7:00 PM-Lake Detectives. Join RayCEP at Oak Peninsula to collect and identify aquatic invertebrates!

Saturday, June 29th at 8:00 PM-Glow Swim. Come out and enjoy the 7th annual Raystown Lake Glow Swim. This event takes place on the beach after hours, in the dark! Learn about the importance of life jacket safety and have the chance to cool off with an evening swim!

Friday, July 5th at 7:00 PM-Predators of PA. Teeth, talons and claws…Pennsylvania’s predators have many unique tools that put them at the top of the food chain. Find out more as RayCEP introduces you to these illusive and captivating creatures.

Saturday, July 6th at 7:00 PM-Make Mine Country Band! Enjoy country music classics from likes of Brooks & Dunn, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and more! A boot stompin’ good time for the entire family.

Friday, July 12th at 7:00 PM-Invasive Attack! Join RayCEP to learn about Invasive Species and how they are affecting Raystown Lake.

Saturday, July 13th at 7:00 PM-Backlash. Join this high energy party band for a mix of classic rock, 80's hair tunes, 90's alternative, and modern rock!

Friday, July 19th at 7:00 PM RayCEP-Eagles & Osprey: Life at the Top! Did you know Raystown is home to hunting Ospreys and nesting Bald Eagles? Get to know our local residents as RayCEP interns reveal what life is like at the top for these birds of prey.

Saturday, July 20th at 7:00 PM-Chris Westfall in Concert. Chris Westfall returns to serenade the Raystown mountains with folk rock classics & original songs. This accomplished singer always delivers an excellent show!

Friday, July 26th at 7:00 PM RayCEP -Bugs Among Us. Some of our most fascinating wildlife can fit in the palm of your hand. RayCEP interns will introduce you to a few of these small wonders.

Saturday, July 27th at 11:00 AM-Chalk the Walk. Join us at the Seven Points Beach for the 7th annual Chalk the Walk. Participants of all ages are encouraged to compete for cash and prizes for the best chalked water safety message. Registration will be open from 11 AM to 6:00 PM and judging will be from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Friday, August 2nd, at 7:00 PM RayCEP-Raystown Turtles. How many different turtles call Raystown and your backyard home? Come find out and meet a few as RayCEP interns reveal the important role these turtles play in our environment.

Saturday, August 3rd at 7:00 PM-Star Party. Amateur Astronomers from around Pennsylvania provide visitors a guided tour of the night sky with telescopes of all sizes. Join us rain or shine to learn about our earth, moon, planets and far away stars.

Friday, August 9th at 7:00 PM RayCEP Save the Monarch! Monarch butterflies are the most beautiful of all butterflies, some say, and are considered the “king” of the butterflies, hence the name “monarch”. There are lots of very cool things to learn about the monarch butterfly and RayCEP will educate on their lifecycle and conservation status.

Saturday, August 10th at 7:00 PM Fishing Raystown Stripers: What’s All The Excitement About?  The PA Striped Bass Association answers that question and provides tips on catching Raystown’s most popular fish.  Program includes hands-on demonstrations and a tour of a fully-equipped fishing boat.

Friday, August 16th at 7:00 PM-Bone Jacked (Band) Classic rock from 1960’s to the 2000’s

Saturday, August 17th at 7:00 PM-Critter Night. Join Smokey the Bear, McGrufff, PFD Panda, Safety Squirrel and Bobber the Water Safety Dog for a kid-friendly night of games and activities.  Don’t forget the camera!

Friday, August 23rd at 7:00 PM-Above the Radar (Band) classic rock band

Saturday, August 24th at 7:00 PM-Reboot (Band). Modern rock, classic rock, southern rock and country.

Saturday, August 31st at 10:00 AM-ZUMBA-Join one of Raystown Lake’s resident volunteers for a “ZUMBA” class. Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. A great way to start off your day here at Raystown Lake!

Sunday, September 1st at 7:00 PM-John Denver Tribute Band-End the 2019 summer with the famous John Denver Tribute Show! Seasoned performers gather from around the country to perform John Denver’s greatest songs in a perfect setting.

Raystown Lake Visitor Center Hours


Visitor Center:  Daily 8 AM—4 PM


Gift Shop: Sunday & Monday 10 AM- 2 PM, Tuesday-Saturday 8 AM- 4 PM


Park Ranger Office:  Daily 8 AM—4 PM *closed during noon lunch hour