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Park Manager: Michael Mumau
Contact Info: 814-445-8673
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Park Alerts ( 5 Alerts )

  • Visitors to Kooser State Park should be aware that there is a hydraulic dredging project starting August 3, 2018 on Kooser Lake.  Dredging will take place starting at the mouth of Kooser Lake, and approximately 2,000 cubic yards of sediment will be removed.  There will be large bags staged on the beach and will be used to hold the sediment collected.  Access to the beach area will be limited.  We anticipate the project lasting approximately 3-4 weeks depending on weather conditions, etc.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your patience.

  • Kooser State Park is preparing to begin a large scale lake rehabilitation project to remove sediment from the lake bottom and to improve the shoreline, fishing access and fish habitat. When this project begins, it will impact the day use area immediately surrounding the lake, and at times may require closures of certain adjacent areas and parking lots. The timing and duration of this project is uncertain at this time, as are the associated closures to the parking areas in the lake day use area. Customers who plan to reserve the Mighty Oak Pavilion should be aware that parking and access to the pavilion may only be available from the areas near the park office, as the parking area adjacent to the lake and PA Rt. 31 may be impacted. Please check the park advisories page for updates to this project.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • 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

In the heart of the Laurel Highlands at an altitude of 2,600 feet, Kooser State Park attracts visitors year-round to its 250 acres of forest and the beautiful trout stream that flows the full length of the park.

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    • Kooser Campground
      Season : 7 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 35 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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    • Tree Army Trail
      Easiest 0.09 miles
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    • Kincora Trail
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      Easiest 0.57 miles
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