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Frances Slocum State Park
FRANCES SLOCUM STATE PARK
FRANCES SLOCUM STATE PARK
565 Mount Olivet Rd.
Wyoming, Pennsylvania   18644

Phone: 570-696-3525
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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Frances Slocum State Park
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Frances Slocum State Park
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Frances Slocum State Park
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Frances Slocum State Park
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Frances Slocum State Park consists of 1,035 acres in northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County. Frances Slocum Lake is the focal point of the park and forms a horseshoe covering 165 acres.
History of the Area
On November 2, 1778, a small group of Delaware Indians entered the Slocum home and carried away Frances who was then just five years old. The first night after her abduction was spent in a crude shelter under a rock ledge along Abraham Creek, believed to be within the state park boundary. Frances tried to escape during the first night but was soon recaptured. Frances was taken along as the American Indians moved westward and spent the rest of her life with them.

Her brothers never gave up the search. Fifty-nine years after her abduction they found her living on a reservation near Peru, Indiana. She had been married twice and had borne four children. Frances refused the pleas of her brothers to return to Pennsylvania. The brothers wrote to her and learned many of the details of her abduction and life with American Indians.

Frances Slocum died in Indiana in 1847, at the age of 74. The Mississinewa Reservoir and State Forest in Indiana contains the Frances Slocum State Recreational Area and Lost Sister Trail. Along the Mississinewa River in Indiana, there is a monument that marks the final resting-place of Frances Slocum, also called Mocanaquah, the "Young Bear."
Camping
Camping: modern sites, some with elec.

A 100-site campground, with 15 walk-in tent sites, and 85 tent or trailer sites (some accessible and some with electric hookups), is available from the second Friday in April through the third Sunday in October. Each site contains a picnic table and fire ring. Flush toilets, showers, drinking water, and a sanitary dump station are available.

Organized Group Tenting:

Organized groups can rent this modern area, which can accommodate up to 40 people, and has drinking water, fire rings, picnic tables, flush toilets and shower facilities.
Swimming
The swimming pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. A seasonal snack bar has fast food and beverages. Fee charged for pool use.
Boating
Boating: electric motors only

The 165-acre Frances Slocum Lake has two boat launches, two mooring areas and courtesy docks. A boat concession rents rowboats, paddleboats and canoes.

Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.


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Picnicking
You may picnic year-round in the picnic areas. Drinking water, restrooms, garbage and recycling receptacles, charcoal grills and charcoal disposal pits are available. All areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Three accessible picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Trails
Frances Slocum Trail: blue blazes, 0.7-mile: This loop trail begins and ends at the boat rental parking lot. On this trail you will see beautiful forests and the rock shelter where American Indians temporarily held their small captive (Frances Slocum).

Campground Trail: white blazes, 1 mile: Campers can access this trail from the Stony Point parking lot or from behind the Organized Group Tenting Area. A short stretch of Campground Trail follows Larch Tree Trail.

Deer Trail: yellow blazes, 1.3-mile, 2.5 miles, 3.8 miles: This interpretive trail has three loops of varying lengths which allow you take a short walk or an adventure of almost four miles. This trail starts at the environmental interpretive center and passes through a diversity of habitats including lakeshore, thicket, hemlock stand, mixed forest, marsh and hardwood forest. A portion of this trail passes through hunting lands. Use caution when hiking in hunting seasons.

Lakeshore Trail: red blazes, 1.4-mile: This trail begins at the Campground Road bridge or the Big Pines Picnic Area and follows the lake shore. It is popular with shore anglers.

Larch Tree Trail: orange blazes, 2 miles: This hilly trail loops around the northeast corner of the park and through a large stand of larch trees.
Nature Programs
Natural and cultural history programs are conducted by a park environmental educator from March through November. The park provides environmental education and interpretive programs that usually begin at the campground amphitheater from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs and teacher workshops are available to area schools.

An environmental interpretive center in the day use area features exhibits on American Indians and ecological topics. A self-guiding nature trail starts nearby and interprets the park's natural resources.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 22 Locals
We are locals that live about a fifteen minute drive away. The beauty and quiet of the park are awesome. We especially like canoeing in the lake, and getting on the top of the hill in the swimming area - great view!
June 13 Good for a day-not for camping by Teresa Wegman
My husband and I visited this park as our first camping trip of the season. The park seemed clean but the campsite we stayed in still had trash from previous visitors. We had a site across from a local individual who was using the campground to party at night. This individual was very obnoxious and agressive. He pretty much ruined our visit to this park. A day trip to the park would probably be ok, but I would not recommend the campground for an extended stay.
July 28 LOVED IT by Dawn
Cant wait to go back. It was a beautiful trip...My girls had a blast.
June 22 Nice weekend getaway
We visit Francis Slocum at least 3 times a season for camping and absolutely love it. The people are friendly, the pool is great and the hiking is a lot of fun. The sites are well maintained and large -- we have always stayed close to the water. The rangers are around if you need them but they are not constantly checking up on you as they do at a couple of other PA state parks.
December 30 by Don Blose
Beautiful park nice camping sites.Can;t wait to go back in 2009


Area Fishing Related Businesses

Stapleton Pharmacy-Sporting Goods
299 Wyoming Ave
Wyoming, PA
(570) 693-1374


West Side Bait & Tackle Goods
453 W 8th St # B
Wyoming, PA
(570) 693-0248


Ray's Bait & Tackle
220 Main St
Avoca, PA
(570) 654-9555


Salmon Steelhead Trout Sports Shop
177 Hemlock St
Kingston, PA
(570) 287-4143


Nimrod Haven Gun Shop
435 Main Rd
Hanover Twp, PA
(570) 824-3050


Danoff's Sporting Goods
22 Garman St
Hanover Twp, PA
(570) 825-6833


Ray's Bait & Tackle
220 Main St
Pittston, PA
(570) 654-9555


Z's Bait & Tackle
Route 92
Falls, PA
(570) 388-6801


Jack's Bait Shop
Laurel Run Rd
Laurel Run, PA
(570) 822-2843


Area Cabins and Lodges
Woodlands Inn & Resort
1073 Highway 315
Wilkes Barre, PA
(800) 762-2222


Plymouth Lodge 332 F & AM
45 Center Ave
Plymouth, PA
(570) 719-1375


Bear Lake Lodge
Ber LK
Wilkes Barre, PA
(570) 472-3811


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region - Lake Ariel, PAHotels/Motels
Located near popular recreational attractions, including the Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park, Steamtown National Historic Site and Promised Land State Park. NASCAR fans will enjoy a day at the races at nearby Pocono Raceway.
Web Site: comfortinn.com/hotel-lake_ariel-pennsylvania-PA092
28.1 miles from park*
The Crestmont Inn - Eagles Mere, PABBs / Inns
This romantic country inn sits atop the area's highest point, a 2,200-foot peak, just outside the unique Victorian village of Eagles Mere - sometimes called the town that time forgot.
Web Site: crestmont-inn.com
36.2 miles from park*
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Directions
The park is five miles from Dallas and ten miles from Wilkes-Barre. From exit 170B of I-81, take PA 309 north about seven miles (7.2). Turn right (east) on Carverton Road and go about four miles (4.2). Turn left (north) on 8th Street Road and go about one mile (1.3). Turn left (west) onto Mt. Olivet Road and go one mile. The park entrance is on the left.

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