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Pymatuning State Park
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2660 Williamsfield Road
Jamestown, Pennsylvania   16134

Phone: 724-932-3141
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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Pymatuning is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The large lake provides excellent fishing throughout the year. Pymatuning Lake is especially lovely in late spring evenings when the sunset gilds the water and colorful sailboats appear to slide across a lake of gold.
Nature of the Area
Natural areas have unique scenic, geologic or ecological value and are set aside for scientific observation and to protect outstanding examples of natural interest and beauty. Pymatuning has two natural areas. Blackjack Swamp consists of 725 acres and provides habitat for unique natural communities. In the northern part of the lake is Clark Island which has 161 acres of mature hardwood and white pine forest. Visitors are welcome to explore these undeveloped natural areas.
History of the Area
"All human accomplishments begin with a dream." The Honorable Gifford Pinchot, then governor of Pennsylvania, delivered these stirring words as part of his address at the dedication of Pymatuning Dam on August 17, 1934.

Pinchot was fulfilling a Pennsylvania dream that began in 1868 when the General Assembly provided a survey and an estimate of the cost to drain the Pymatuning swamp to create farmlands. The swamp was not drained because it would cripple the industries downstream in the Beaver and Shenango valleys.

A severe flood in 1913 spurred the legislature to action. The Pymatuning Act, signed the same year, appropriated $100,000 to initiate building a dam. The Pymatuning Act states that the primary purpose of the Pymatuning Reservoir shall be for the conservation of waters entering the Pymatuning Swamp and for regulating the flow of water in the Shenango and Beaver rivers. A secondary purpose is to use the dam and lake as a reservoir to impound flood water during periods of excessive runoff from the 158 square miles of drainage area above the dam.

In the next 18 years, public and private organizations raised the $3,717,739 needed to build the dam. On October 6, 1931, 7,000 men began work, turning the dream into reality, and three years later Governor Pinchot gave his inspiring words at the dedication of the 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir.
25 modern rental cabins are available for year-round use. Six of these cabins meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessibility. Cabins have a furnished living area, kitchen/dining area, toilet/shower room and two or three bedrooms. Occupants must bring linens, towels, cookware and tableware.
With 657, class A, campsites in three areas, Pymatuning is one of the largest camping areas in the Commonwealth. Approximately half of the campsites have electric hookups. Modern tent and trailer camping areas are available in the Jamestown, Tuttle and Linesville campgrounds. In addition, an organized group camping area is available for groups of up to 400 people. Campsite permits may be obtained at the contact stations in the three camping areas. Reservations can be made and are recommended for Jamestown and Tuttle campgrounds as well as the organized group camping area. Reservations may be made by calling 888-PA-PARKS.
Four beaches are generally open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, a beach for campers is in the Jamestown Camping Area. Three of the beaches, Tuttle, Jamestown No. 1 and Linesville, have bathhouses with sanitary facilities and food concession stands or food vending machines. You are responsible for your family's safety.
Non-powered boats and boats to 10 horsepower are permitted. Boats with a motor in excess of 10 horsepower are permitted provided the motor is not used. 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.

There are three Pennsylvania boat marinas where floatboats, motorboats, rowboats, canoes and motors can be rented.

Ice boating is a popular winter sport.
Enjoy fishing in a 17,088-acre reservoir known for Walleye and Muskellunge. Other species include Crappie, Bluegill, Perch and Largemouth Bass.

Pymatuning State Park is located near Greenville, Meadville

Picnic tables and charcoal fireplaces are available in many areas. There are eleven picnic pavilions throughout the park that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets in day use areas must be kept on a leash not exceeding six feet in length. Pets are not permitted in swimming or overnight areas.
In this scenic location, biking enthusiasts can enjoy a 14-mile paved trail along the southern shore. Be cautious of pedestrians.

The park's interior roads also offer cycling opportunities but be aware they are shared with motor vehicles.

For those seeking off-road adventures, there is an unpaved path near Tuttle Point; however, it requires careful navigation due to uneven terrain and potential obstacles.

Remember that helmets are required for riders under age 12 in accordance with Pennsylvania law - safety first!

While exploring on two wheels remember to respect wildlife habitats and adhere strictly to designated paths only.

Night-time bicycling isn't recommended as trails aren't lit after dark which could lead to accidents or getting lost.

Always check weather conditions before setting out since wet surfaces may increase risk of slips or falls during your ride.
Nature Programs
Pymatuning State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.

Programs are offered year-round. For more detailed information contact the park office.
The park offers birdwatching opportunities with over 300 species recorded. It hosts a waterfowl observatory and wildlife viewing areas. The area is particularly popular for spotting migratory birds, especially in spring and fall seasons. Visitors can also see bald eagles, ospreys or the rare cerulean warbler during their visit.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 15 absolutely beautiful and peaceful
park review stars; one to five we brought our kids there and now our grandchildren. very disappointed to hear that tuttle point is closing! this is one of our favorite places
February 25 One of the cleanest campsite in PA!!! by Garry Cushanick
park review stars; one to five Most peaceful, quietest, and one of the nicest campsite in PA!! Fishing is great too!!
February 10 memories
park review stars; one to five as a child our family camped in pymatuning state park. i shall never forget it! it was beautiful. if i am not mistaken i saw my first coral snake sunning on a rock! loved it!!!
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Area Campgrounds
Shangri-La By the Lake
1824 Williamsfield Road
Jamestown, PA
Crystal Springs Campground
17026 Beaver Center Road
Linesville, PA
Mallards Landing Family Campground
1525 Footsville Road
Linesville, PA
Pine View Camplands LLC
15075 Shermansville Road
Linesville, PA
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Overton's Outdoors
1354 State Hwy 285
Espyville, PA
(724) 927-9741
Hot Spot Bait Shop
1 Gibson St
Jamestown, PA
(724) 932-3630
Poff's Place
10672 Perry Dr
Espyville, PA
(724) 927-2462
Conneaut Lake Tackle
110 Water St
Conneaut Lake, PA
(814) 382-6095
Gateway Bait & Tackle
6517 State Route 85
Andover, OH
(440) 293-7227
Area Cabins and Lodges
Maple Groves Cabins
1583 Williamsfield Rd
Jamestown, PA
(724) 932-3576
Pymatuning Valley Resort
7652 Pymatuning Lake Rd
Williamsfield, OH
(440) 293-7744
Conneaut Lake Resort Rentals
12213 Midway Dr
Conneaut Lake, PA
(814) 382-8414
Nearby Hotels

Pymatuning State Park is located in southwestern Crawford County. The park office is located near the Crawford-Mercer County line about 1.5 miles north of Jamestown, Pennsylvania. Approximately three-fourths of the reservoir area is located in Crawford County and the remaining one-fourth is located in Ashtabula County, Ohio.

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