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2018 Opening Schedule & Events


Saturday, May 26th at 7:00 PM Reboot Band. Join us for a variety of music ranging from rock, classic rock, blues and a little country. With their musical diversity grab your family and friends and come out to a show everyone can enjoy!


Friday, June 1st at 7:00 PM All About Owls! Owls are unlike any other bird of prey. Find out the unique and surprising tools they use to hunt in silence at night. Then join RayCEP interns on a nighttime “Owl Prowl” hike to spot them in their natural habitat. Bring a flashlight.


Saturday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM Dylan Miller. You can’t miss this singer-songwriter-musician for a bluegrass spectacular show!


Friday, June 8th at 6:00 PM National Get Outdoors Bird Watching Paddle Tour. Raystown Lake is home to year-round raptors and waterfowl! Join a Park Ranger on this kayak birding 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), paddles, and water. Pre-registration for this event is required and space is limited. Call (814)658-6812.


Saturday, June 9th 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 Lot. This outing is open to experienced mountain bikers with their own bike. Participants need to wear a helmet. Pre-registration for this event is required and space is limited. Call (814)658-6812.


Friday, June 15th at 7:00 PM Lake Detectives. Join RayCEP at Oak Peninsula to collect and identify aquatic invertebrates!  

Saturday, June 16th at 7:00 PM The Roof.  Come out to see this alternative rock ‘n roll band based out of State College, PA. Their sound is best described as a blend of classic influences, such as: Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead, as well as a dose of folk, alt rock, and indie.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, June 23rd 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!


Friday, June 29th at 7:00 PM Skins, Scat & Skulls! RayCEP explores the common and not so common critters that call Pennsylvania home.


Saturday, June 30th at 7:00 PM  Glow Swim. Come out and enjoy the 5th 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!


Sunday, July 1st at 7:00 PM Country Blend. Enjoy local singers as they sing traditional country music and a little bit of rock and roll! You won’t want to miss this July Fourth Celebration!


Friday, July 6th at 7:00 PM 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, July 7th 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 13th at 7:00 PM  Invasive Attack! Join RayCEP to learn about Invasive Species and how they are affecting Raystown Lake.


Saturday, July 14th 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 20th at 7:00 PM 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 21st  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 27th at 7:00 PM Full Moon Paddle. Join us for our first full moon paddle at Snyder’s Run Boat Launch. Expect to out on the water for an hour. 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 lifejacket (properly fitting & serviceable), paddles, and water. Pre-registration for this outing is required and space is limited-Call (814)658-6812.


Saturday, July 28th at 7:00 PM Country Thunder. Come out to see this local band that covers a variety of music including classic to modern country! 


Friday, August 3rd 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, August 4th 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 6PM and judging will be from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Friday, August 10th at 7:00 PM Lincoln Cavern presents Caves & Karst! Join Lincoln Cavern staff member Ann as she presents on local caves and groundwater effects.


Saturday, August 11th 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, August 17th at 7:00 PM 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, August 18th 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 24th 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.


Saturday, August 25th at 7:00 PM   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 31st at 7:00 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! 


Saturday, September 1st at 7:00 PM John Denver Tribute Band End the 2018 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 8 AM- 2 PM, Tuesday-Saturday 8 AM- 4 PM

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