Pennsylvania Features Several Boat-In Campgrounds
Killeen Gonzalez, writing for Yahoo! Sports, touts several boat-in campgrounds in Pennsylvania. Among them are:
Nancy’s Boat-to-Shore Campground
Nancy’s Boat-to-Shore Campground is located at Raystown Lake near mile marker 15. I’d recommend it to boat campers seeking a serene camping experience. It is only accessible by water and features primitive campsites. I’d suggest that campers launch their boats from the James Creek area. A bathhouse with running water is located nearby. Nancy’s is a popular camping area and advance reservations are not accepted. Therefore, would-be boat campers should plan accordingly. Boat camping rates tend to start at $10 a night.
Tionesta Lake Primitive Campground
The Tionesta Lake Primitive Campground is located in Tionesta and features complimentary boat-in campsites. It is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Pittsburgh District. Anglers will want to bring their gear along as the fishing on Tionesta Lake is generally outstanding. The primitive sites are only accessible by water and it costs a modest $3 to launch a boat near the Tionesta Dam. Restrooms and potable water are also located near the Tionesta boat launch. There is an additional boat launch located roughly 10 minutes away at the Nebraska Recreation Area near Newmansville.
Allegheny National Forest
The Allegheny National Forest is located near Warren and features five boat-in campgrounds. They are the Hopewell Boat Access Campground, the Tionesta Boat-to-Campground, the Handsome Lake Boat Access Campground, the Hooks Brook Boat Access Campground and the Morrison Boat Access Campground. Camping at the Tionesta Boat-to-Campground is free. Campsite rates at the other four campgrounds start at $12 per site.
Both the Tionesta Boat-to-Campground and the Hooks Brooks Boat Access Campground are only accessible by water. The Tionesta Boat-to-Campground sites are the more primitive of the two. The Hooks Brooks Boat Access Campground’s sites offer access to picnic tables, communal water, vault toilets and fire rings.
The other three camping areas are accessible by boat or on foot via the forest’s hiking trails. They also feature access to vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables and communal water. I’d suggest that avid hikers consider setting up camp at the Handsome Lake Boat Access Campground because it offers access to the North Country National Scenic Trail, the Johnnycake Trail and the Tracy Ridge Trail. The Morrison Boat Access Campground features a looped hiking trail and the Hopewell Boat Access Campground offers access to the Tracy Ridge Trail.