Yellow Creek State Park
170 Route 259 Highway
Penn Run, PA 15765-5941
Explore Yellow Creek State
Yellow Creek State Park is in Indiana County
along one of the first �highways� in the state, the Kittanning
Path. This trail was used by the Delaware and Shawnee nations and
by early settlers. Today, US 422 roughly follows the old
Kittanning Path, and provides the main access to the park from
Indiana and Ebensburg. The park is named for Yellow and Little
Yellow creeks, which create the lake. The creeks have lots of
yellow clay in the banks and bottoms.
Yellow Creek State Park is along PA 422
between the towns of Ebensburg and Indiana.
Places to Picnic
Picnic tables and parking for over 4,000 people are available near
the beach. Three 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. A limited number of charcoal
grills are installed and visitors are urged to provide their own
Open ground fires are not permitted in the
park. Three modern restrooms are provided in the picnic area. Pets
are permitted in the day use area and must be controlled and
attended at all times and on a leash or otherwise safely
There are two smaller picnic areas. One is
on the north shore near the North Boat Launch and the other is
near the park office.
Hiking: 5 miles of trails
- Laurel Run Trail is a 0.5-mile
loop which starts at the park office. This easy hike is
especially beautiful in the spring when wildflowers abound.
- Ridgetop Trail
is a challenging 2-mile trail. It begins in the beach/day-use
area and winds through a variety of habitats.
- Damsite Trail
is a 2.5-mile trail that offers a view of the Yellow Creek dam.
To get to this trail, follow PA 259 south from the park office.
After taking a right turn at the stop sign, turn onto Hoffman
Road, the second road to your right. This road ends at a small
parking area where the Damsite Trail begins.
Six 13� by 15� cottages are along the lakeshore near McFeather�s
Cove. Each cottage sleeps five people in single bunks and
double/single bunks. The cottages have wooden floors, windows,
porch, picnic table, fire ring, and electric lights and outlets.
Restrooms are nearby.
Boating: up to 20 hp motors permitted
The 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake has boat launching ramps at the
north shore, the south shore, at the beach/day-use area and a
small launch in Grampap�s Cove. A boat rental in the beach/day
use area offers motorboats, canoes, rowboats, paddleboats, pontoon
boats and small sailboats.
Overnight mooring of boats is permitted in
the park by special permit only. For your safety, please be
certain that required U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation
devices are on board for all passengers.
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.
The 800-foot beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m.
to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted
rules for swimming. A large, modern bathhouse, lifeguard/first aid
building and a snack bar are in the beach area. Pets are not
permitted on the beach.
Beginning in 1963, the 2,981 acres of park
land were purchased by the General State Authority and by the
Department of Forests and Waters through the Project 70 park
expansion program. An earth and rock dam, creating a 720-acre lake
was completed in 1969. Day use areas were dedicated to public use
in 1976. An additional 159 acres of developed land were purchased
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