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Street Address: 631 East Branch Dam Road Wilcox , PA 15870
Mailing Address: c/o Bendigo State Park 533 State Park Road Johnsonburg, PA 15845-0016
Park Manager: Mitch Stickle
Contact Info: 814-778-5467
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Park Alerts ( 4 Alerts )

  • Mt Jewett - Due to low water levels, the Instanter boat launch will be unusable for boats that must be launched and recovered using a trailer, as of Monday, July 16,2018. Boats that can be launched by hand will still have access to the water. The lake is below full summer pool, currently at 1643.0' and the pool level is falling at the average rate expected at this time of the year.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has implemented a dam safety initiative at the Clarion River East Branch Dam for precautionary measures. The initiative includes lowering the water level of the lake and other risk reduction measures taken to ensure the dam will be operated at a safe level while the Corps investigates the concerns and pursues the long-term repairs. Questions concerning lake levels can be directed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, East Branch Dam at: 814-965-2065. All vessels launched from Elk State Park are required to have a valid DCNR Launch Permit or PA Fish and Boat Commission registration. For more information, please contact the Kinzua Bridge State park Complex Office at: 814-778-5467, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or email us at: kinzuabridgesp@pa.gov

    For future updated advisories visit the Elk State Park website at: www.dcnr.pa.gov. Park reservations or pavilion rentals can also be made online at the website above or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Saturday.

  • Seasons and Hours: 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.

  • Drone Restrictions: To protect park resources, limit conflict with other park users, and avoid safety and privacy liabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, are only permitted on designated flying fields in six remote controlled airfield parks (Beltsville, Benjamin Rush, Hillman, Lackawanna, Prompton, and Tuscarora). Drones are only permitted in other PA State Parks in very limited circumstances which require a special use permit.

  • General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

    To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

    • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

    • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

    • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood

    • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, www.agriculture.pa.gov and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

Park Description

The 3,192-acre Elk State Park is in the rugged mountains of northern Pennsylvania. The 1,160-acre East Branch Lake is large enough for unlimited horsepower boating and is great for waterskiing. The lake and nearby streams are stocked with warm-water and cold-water fish.

Things To Do ( 5 Available)

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    Sight Seeing

  • fishing


  • picnic


  • hunting


  • boating


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