Ryerson Station State Park
361 Bristoria Road
Wind Ridge, PA 15380-1258
Ryerson Station State Park
is in Greene County
in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, near the West Virginia
border. The 1,164-acre park features the 52-acre Ronald J. Duke
Lake that is named in memory of a former manager of Ryerson
Station State Park.
park name originated from the nearby Fort Ryerson that was
constructed in 1792 at the order of Virginia authorities to be
used principally as a place of refuge from Indian raids.
Land was acquired for this park in 1958.
The lake was formed in 1960 with the construction of a dam across
the North Fork of the Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek and later
renamed Ronald J. Duke Lake. In 1967,
Ryerson Station State Park was opened
to the public.
park is on both sides of Bristoria Road, just off of PA 21, three
miles from Wind Ridge, PA. These highways are accessible from
either Washington or Waynesburg, PA.
rustic sites, some with elec.
A 48-site campground for tents or trailers
lies on a ridge overlooking the park. Camping facilities are open
the second Friday in April and close at the end of deer season in
mid-December. Camping permits must be secured at the park office.
Rustic toilets and a sanitary dump station are provided. Sixteen
sites have electric hookups requiring an additional fee.
The two cottages sleep five people in single bunks and
double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, skylights,
porch, picnic table, fire ring, electric lights and outlets, and a
small baseboard heater.
Over 275 picnic tables are available throughout the park along
with grills, drinking water and comfort facilities. Some of these
facilities are accessible. A small, children�s play area is in the
main picnic area. The park has five picnic pavilions. Three
pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.
Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served
52-acre Ronald J. Duke Lake has trout, warm-water game fish and
panfish. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks the lake
with trout in spring and late fall. An accessible fishing area is
by the park office.
electric motors only
The 52-acre Ronald J. Duke Lake has a
launching ramp just off of Bristoria Road, near the park office. A
limited number of mooring sites can be rented on a seasonal basis.
Gasoline motors are prohibited.
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.
free pool is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend
until Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. The pool complex is
accessible, including a lift for the pool. A food concession is
near the pool area.
miles of trails
The trails invite you to explore the park on
foot during spring, summer, fall and on cross-country skis in
winter. The trails traverse many habitats, like mature forests,
wet valley bottoms, evergreen plantations and fields in ecological