RACCOON CREEK STATE PARK
Raccoon Creek State Park has continued to develop from the park?s beginning as a Recreational Demonstration Area operated by the National Park Service in the 1930s, to one of the largest and most beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania. Facilities at the park are a mix from the early Civilian Conservation Corps camp to modern facilities. In addition to recreational areas, there are large tracts of undeveloped land. The 7,572-acre park features the beautiful 101-acre Raccoon Lake.
In the 1930s, the National Park Service created the Raccoon Creek National Recreation Demonstration Area. Men from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) built the recreation facilities of the park and did conservation work on park lands.
For more information on the CCC, visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Online Archive.
In 1945, the planned transfer of land finally took place, creating Raccoon Creek State Park. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania continued to develop facilities, including; Raccoon Creek Lake in 1948, swimming and picnicking areas in 1950, a campground in 1956 and a cabin colony in the 1980s.
The ten modern cabins contain a furnished living area, kitchen/dining area, toilet/shower room and two or three-bedrooms. The cabins have electric heat and are available for rent year-round. Cabin 10 is ADA accessible.
Special Cabin/Lodge: Lakeside Lodge at Raccoon Creek State Park is a three-bedroom cottage that sleeps ten people. The lodge can be rented by the week during the summer season and daily during the off-season. The lodge has a full kitchen, dining room, one and one-half bathrooms, living room with a fireplace, laundry facilities and central heat. Renters must bring their own linens, cooking utensils, dishes, etc. Pets are prohibited in the lodge. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park.
Organized Group Cabin Camps: These three camps are rented from mid-April to mid-October at a nominal fee to nonprofit, organized adult and youth groups like scout, YMCA, school, church, or other organizations. The camps contain rustic lodges, dining halls, cabins and utility buildings. Camp # 1 holds 30 campers. Camp #2 holds 130 campers. Camp #3 holds 80 campers. Reservations are made at the park office for long or short rental periods.
Camping: modern sites, some with electric
The 172 modern tent and trailer campsites are open from the second Friday in April to mid-October. Rustic sites are available from mid-October to mid-April. Access is not guaranteed during severe winter storms. The wooded campground offers a selection of secluded or adjoining sites, a playground, five central washhouses with hot showers and a sanitary dump station. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Campsites B, 1, 2 and 3 are ADA accessible.
Organized Group Tenting: There are two main group tenting areas in the western side of the park. The Sioux group tenting area is divided into two sites: area A; 20 people, area B; 60 people. The more remote Pioneer group tenting area is divided into four sites: Apache; 60 people, Blackfeet; 20 people, Cherokee; 60 people, Mohawk; 40 people.
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The 800-foot, accessible sand/turf beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming when lifeguards are off-duty. A bathhouse and a food refreshment stand are nearby.
Boating: electric motors only
The 101-acre Raccoon Lake has two boat launches and 42 mooring spaces. A boat rental has canoes, rowboats, kayaks and paddleboats.
Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Motorboats must display a current boat registration.