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Address: 4790 Chapman Dam Road Clarendon, PA 16313-2830
Park Manager: Tyson Martin
Contact Info: 814-723-0250
chapmansp@pa.gov
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Park Alerts ( 2 Alerts )

  • Dam rehabilitation work has begun and Chapman Lake has been drawn down. The work is expected to be completed by December 2018.

    Fishing, boating, swimming, waterfowl hunting, metal detecting, or entering the lake bed (with or without water) is prohibited. Be alert for construction traffic and adhere to posted warning signs.

    During construction, the campground, cottages, yurts, hiking trails, and some pavilions will remain open.

    Work to be undertaken while the lake is drawn down will include sediment removal, repairs to the dam’s control tower and spillway concrete to bring the lake in compliance with statewide flood requirements. A fish habitat improvement project also will be undertaken before the lake returns to normal pool.

    We appreciate the drawdown will be an inconvenience to anglers, boaters and other visitors, but the integrity of the dam and safety of our park visitors is of the utmost importance.  It is a short-term inconvenience for a long-term improvement. Safety, fish habitat, depth, and function all will improve.

    Presently, the spillway fails to meet requirements of a Probable Maximum Flood – one that could result from the most severe combination of rainfall and hydrologic conditions for the area. To remedy the situation, the dam embankment will be armored with concrete, enabling water to safely overtop it during an extreme flood event.  Work will bring the dam into compliance with guidelines established for safe operation and maintenance of dams by state Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Dam Safety.

    During the drawdown, sediment will be removed from approximately two-thirds of the lake bottom.  As much as three to four feet in some areas, totaling about 70,000 cubic yards of sediment removed.  The benefit to fishing, boating, and swimming by having the sediment removed will be tremendous.

  • Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Park Description

The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. Adjacent to state game lands and Allegheny National Forest, Chapman is an oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.

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    • Chapman Campground
      Season : 9 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 83 Sites
      Electric : Yes
      Pets Allowed : Yes
      ADA Accessible : Yes
      Please be aware that only designated sites have electric, allow pets and are ADA accessible.
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    • Penny Run
      More Difficult 1.36 miles
      Blazed in blue. 1.4 miles long. Partially on State Parks and National Forest lands.
    • Old Railroad Grade
      Easiest 0.45 miles
      A short, easy trail that follows the old rail grade from near Parking lot 1 to the northern park boundary.
    • Nature Trail
      Easiest 0.40 miles
      This section is mostly level and follows the lake shore behind the campground. Interpretive panels along the way educate the hiker on the suroundings.
    • Warming Hut/ Hunters Ridge Connector
      Easiest 0.13 miles
    • Lumber Trail
      Easiest 0.40 miles
      .7 miles long in the park boundary. Goes on to national forest land. Slight grade. Abandonded logging road.
    • Lowlands Trail
      Easiest 0.44 miles
      A short hike from the campground, this trail follows an old rail grade south out of the park. The trail continues onto SGL 29 or hikers can cross the swinging bridge across the West Branch of Tionesta Creek, which feeds the lake, to the west side of the lake and onto gamelands road.
    • Nature Trail
      Easiest 0.84 miles
      This section is mostly level and follows the lake shore behind the campground. Interpretive panels along the way educate the hiker on the suroundings.
    • Hunters Ridge
      More Difficult 1.60 miles
      2.0 miles long. Much of this trail is rugged and hilly. One end of the trail is on Forest Road 437, just beyond the office. The other end is at the base of the sledding hill near the Adams Run Restroom. Follows the boundary of SGL 29 and the park at times. Crosses many oil lease roads.
    • Warming Hut Trail
      More Difficult 0.81 miles
      Blazed with orange diamonds.7 miles long. Half of this trail is rugged and hilly. One end of the trail is on Forest Road 437, just beyond the office. The other end is at warming hut/ pavilion five/ boat launch area. This trail follows the lake shore half the time and crosses the main road, climbing above the lake toward the park office.
    • Adams Run Trail
      Easiest 0.47 miles
      Small loop of Adams Run trail that connects the Sledding hill to the OGTA.
    • Adams Run Trail
      More Difficult 1.79 miles
      1.6 miles long. One end at sledding hill, on end near SGL 29 boundary along Gamelands Road. Hilly and often times wet, this trail offers some scenic views in fall/winter. This trail crosses numerous oil roads, please stay on the trail.
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