KETTLE CREEK STATE PARK
KETTLE CREEK STATE PARK
97 Kettle Creek Park Lane
Renovo, Pennsylvania 17764
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Kettle Creek State Park 'Original Dam'
© Copyright Scott L. Williams
Original dam, lower camp ground, Kettle Creek State Park.
Kettle Creek State Park consists of 1,793 acres along Kettle Creek in western Clinton County. The park is in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain and wilderness.
Many of the existing recreational facilities arose from a joint flood control project developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
Kettle Creek State Park is named after the popular trout stream that flows through the area. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed the original park in what is now the Lower Campground.
For more information on the CCC, visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Online Archive.
In 1962, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Alvin R. Bush Dam for flood protection for the lower Susquehanna watershed. The area above the dam was developed for recreation and administered by the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks.
Camping: rustic campsites, some with elec.
The park has two camping areas open from early April through deer season in December. Both campgrounds overlook the waterfront and offer scenic views and a quiet setting. Call 888-PA-PARKS for reservations.
The Lower Campground has 44 sites; 38 sites with electric hookups. The Upper Campground has 27 sites; 12 sites with electric hookups. Both areas have a variety of level, sunny/shaded sites that accommodate tents or trailers. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Non-flush toilets and water spigots are nearby. Water and sewer hookups are not available. A trailer sanitary dumping station is in the Lower Campground.
Leave No Trace Hiking
Come on a longer hike with the park naturalist as we go on part of the famous Donut Hole Trail. During this hike, we will be covering safety on the trails, ethics for hiking, and the different wildlife in the area among other information. Meet at the Nature Center.
Pennsylvania's Forgotten Giants
With the aid of a video, we will learn how lucky we truly are to have old growth forests. We will learn about the history that a lot of the older forests went through, and also some of the threats old growth forests face today. Meet at the Nature Center.
Bats in the Belfry
Come on out and learn more about these awesome creatures. We will be talking about some of their adaptations, different kinds of bats, some myths, learn about something that is threatening their population, and maybe even get to see a few bats. Meet at the Nature Center. We will be driving up to the park office to the bat box.
CCC in the USA
What was life like back in the Great Depression? What was the purpose behind the CCC? How much did they get paid? Come and step back into time as we explore the life of the CCC workers with the aid of a video. Meet at the Nature Center.
A 250-foot sandy beach area is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. The beach is at the northern end of the main reservoir. All children ten years of age or younger must be accompanied by a person at least 14 years of age.
Boating: electric motors only
The 167-acre Kettle Creek Reservoir has a boat launch and boat mooring for 60 vessels at its northern end. An overnight mooring permit is required. Sailboards and sailboats are permitted. Overnight mooring for park campers is also available, free of charge.
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.
Each vessel must have a Coast Guard approved wearable Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device in serviceable condition for each occupant. Children under 13 years of age and all nonswimmers must wear the approved PFD when boating.