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Dale Moore Sr.
· December 1, 2017
The park is great. The campgrounds are very nice. The hunting area is very expansive. The only negative is that the ranger appears to have nothing better to do than harass people. If it weren't for hi...m this place would get 5 stars. See More
Lori Newton Fowler
· November 15, 2017
This is our favorite state park. Staff is great to work with. Park has a lot to do and is very clean. They offer so many activates for all ages.
Sara Gelder
· November 6, 2017
My boyfriend, dog and I️ stayed at the Tyler cabin the last weekend in October. While the weather tried to dampen (literally) our stay, we had a fantastic time and look forward to visiting again in di...fferent seasons. This is a perfect weekend get away. See More
Terri Krewson
· March 10, 2018
I Love This Place if your looking for me and cant find me good chance this is where i can be found
Julie Bechtel-Ott
· January 11, 2018
One of my favorite places to vacation! My family goes here every year in the fall and sometimes in the spring.
Dave Sweed
· July 30, 2017
I grew up in Penfield and always loved going to Parkers Dam , now it's one of the few places that make me feel at home . I have stayed in a few of the cabins and used the camp ground quite a bit over ...the last few years and have noticed that there is a bit of an edge or arrogance in some of the staff . I also see the type of people they must deal with now and I think they do a lot better job than they get credit for . See More
James N Annette King
· June 5, 2017
As soon as we pulled up to our site we had the camp host standing there lecturing us and making sure we parked our RV on the pad and not in the grass! I've never had this happen at Parker Dam or any ...other Park, it was a bad way to Welcome us to the Park! Other than that it's a very nice park, I've been going there for more than 40 yrs! See More
Karen Seymore
· January 30, 2017
This was our first winter stay in the cabins and we had a great time. The bathrooms are close to the cabins and were warm and so was the water. The last thing you want in the winter is a cold shower! ...We drove to Benezette and saw a huge bull elk. Dubois and Clearfield are both pretty close for shopping and dining. We try to stop by Race Street Brew Works when we are in the area- tasty food and lots of craft beers! The park has a nice variety of activities. We try to visit at least 2 or 3 times a year. See More
Linda Lantzy Kline
· October 15, 2016
I have camped in the camping area, and also the cabins. Our family has enjoyed this park for over 40 years. It is just beautiful in all 4seasons. We can't say enough about this park. Hope we all co...ntinue the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best. See More
Josh Charles
· August 9, 2017
Great park, but be aware they are sticklers about making sure you park on the pavement, and alcohol is prohibited in the park.
Edju Hanson
· July 8, 2017
Been going there since I was a kid, as a matter of fact I was in the water yesterday, still cold with warm spots every now and then, hahaha, love the place
Gaye Madjerich Martz
· September 19, 2016
Parker Dam has held a special spot in my heart. Visited there many times as a child with my parents. My father and uncles had a camp nearby. I enjoy visiting as often as possible. Something to do matter what season. Would move there permanently if possible. See More
Jay Samanka
· May 4, 2017
DCNR were hard at work cutting grass, making the park look great. It has always been a favorite place of mine to go out for a walk, camp and fish.
Stephanie Simon
· September 3, 2017
Beautiful park! Well kept, clean cabins. Nice, private bathrooms. We will be back!
Tom Lander
· September 6, 2015
I will never go back here again!! The ranger for the last time hiding in the shadows of the dark listening to everything we say and do. This is nothing but a police state!!! Funny how some people get ...away with anything but my family can't sit by a fire after dark without being spied on?? I don't go camping to have to worry about a park ranger watching every single move!! We are not loud we are not anything. We don't need anyone to tell us how to be respectful and quite for others!! Noting we like more than sitting around a fire on quiet time and boom someone who things their about it all!! Time to stop going there!! Oh the place is dead all summer because they run people out of here as other camp grounds are packed!! You figure it out I will be contacting the athorities See More
Sheena Wendel
· October 8, 2015
Wonderful place to get away from it all! Even if it is just for the day taking the kids to swim at the beach, play at the playground, go paddle boating, fishing, learning about some wild animals that ...lerk near by, being able to get a grill and cook out and still being able to do all these things! Catch the place in the fall for a very beautiful scenery and activities. Wonderful place to be I grew up in Weedville and when my friends and myself were old enough we would take the back way in and ride our bikes :) See More
Erin Bussard Dargo
· May 22, 2016
I have been camping here since I was young. About 31 years now and its still the same beautiful, clean, well run state park! The cabins are great for winter camping! The trails are awesome! I highly r...ecommend year round. See More
Susan Grace Flick Siford
· October 16, 2016
We have been camping in and visiting this park for many years. It is beautiful and peaceful and one of our very favorites. The campground is great with very nice sites. The rangers and other employ...ees are awesome and they hold so many informative and enjoyable activities and events all year round. See More
Deb Rosensteel Maland
· October 20, 2016
This was my first trip to Parker Dam. I was there for the Fall Fest and I immediately thought it would be a great place to camp. I thought it was a great place, very peaceful. I hope I get to visi...t again soon. See More
Emily Wilson
· August 2, 2016
This park has been a part of my life since I was born. I've camped here with my parents and siblings, and now I visit with my own children. The rangers are friendly and helpful, the camp is clean, and... every site I've gotten has been lovely and well taken care of. I've always loved having family reunions at the pavilions as well- some of my best memories are there! Camping, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming- it has everything! See More

Winter is still hanging on, but signs continue to point towards spring. This Fox Sparrow was seen under the park feeder today.

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The snow is melting off the sled riding hill, and this snowman seems distraught over it all. Photo by Ranger Dan.

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I always find it fascinating how ice forms above moving water. In this case, the small log on the spillway.

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This educator workshop, held on Saturday, April 7, explores the natural biodiversity in our state, and how we can teach many of those concepts to students. Workshop attendees will receive the Pennsylvania Supplement to Windows on the WILD curriculum and other materials. $10 workshop fee. Six Act 48 hours are provided for this workshop. Call the park office to register for this workshop or for more information at (814)765-0630.…/biodiversity_basics_workshop…

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It appears there may be some merrit to the most famous ground hog in PA's prediction (at least this year). The beauty of winter has returned, like it or not. Get out and enjoy it this weekend! We are in the middle of sugaring season, join us Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm at the Sugar Shack for some great educational programming on the history and methods of this long standing springtime tradition.

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Family and Youth Fly Tying ~ March 8, 15, 22 (Thursdays) at 5:00 PM.
Come learn the basics of tying flies. A different pattern will be taught each week with materials provided. The park’s tools will be available for those without. $5.00 per participant; $10 per family of two or more.

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Sugaring season is here. Programs are Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM. No program on Easter Weekend.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 ~ Spotted Salamander last night on the road. Last year it was March 31, and the year before that it was March 10. 2015 was April 2. 2014 was April 3. And so on. Thoughts?

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Parker Dam State Park updated their cover photo.
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Know any teachers that would like to schedule their class for a virtual field trip to our maple sugaring operation? If their classroom is equipped with video chat capability (Skype), they can virtually "visit" with park staff to learn about making maple syrup and ask questions about what they learned. This distance learning opportunity is offered throughout the month of March. Contact information is on the pictured postcard.

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Parker Dam State Park updated their cover photo.
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Some other birds passing through seemed to enjoy that the ice is gone from Parker Lake. This Canvasback was mixed in with a group of American Wigeon.

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Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Applications are being accepted for DCNR’s free, six-day Exploring Careers Outdoors Camp, which begins July 8. The camp will introduce 20 students in grades 10-...12 to conservation and environmental careers.

Participants explore a wide range of career experiences, including water quality assessments, geology field studies, and overnight camping experiences. Applications are due April 15. Learn more and apply → #PAYouth

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We had a message come in on Tuesday - "red winged black birds at my feeder this morning. 🙂 I know you usually post when they show up at your park...keep an eye out." And yes, I too saw some red-winged blackbirds in both DuBois and Home Camp on Tuesday, February 20. Last year I first saw them on the 24th. Keep watch, signs of spring are coming.

The condition of the ice skating rink warrants the closing of the skating area until conditions improve.

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Cleared and flooded this morning. Might be the last good skating day we have for a while. Come on out.

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