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DCNR Highlights Improved Camping Experience at Pymatuning State Park

06/06/2024

​Pennsylvania’s 124 state parks are beautiful and free to visit -- and with 72 million people within four hours driving distance, the Commonwealth is truly the Great American Getaway.

Espyville, Pennsylvania -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today visited Pymatuning State Park in Crawford County to celebrate the completion of a new and improved Tuttle Point Campground.

State parks like Pymatuning offer fantastic outdoor experiences that truly make Pennsylvania -- the Great American Getaway.

Outdoor recreation adds $17 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, supporting 164,344 jobs, and accounting for 1.8 percent of the Commonwealth’s gross domestic product, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

“I am excited to be here celebrating this campground and the improvements that have enhanced Pymatuning State Park to a premier camping destination in the region,” Dunn said. “Thank you to the Department of General Services and Senator Michele Brooks for ensuring another generation of visitors can start their outdoor recreation adventure at one of our amazing state parks.”

Governor Josh Shapiro recently launched The Great American Getaway on a recreational vehicle tour across Pennsylvania, becoming the first sitting Governor to spend the night in a state park with overnights at Lyman Run and Hickory Run.

The improved Tuttle Point has 112 campsites with inland campsites with water, sewer and electric hookups, as well as several ADA accessible campsites.

Other improvements included in the $8 million project, which was supported by the Department of General Services, are:

  • New water and sewage lines and sewage pumping station
  • New buildings to house a water treatment facility, comfort station, and beach restroom
  • The repaving of the roadways and parking lots
  • New fishing pier and boat launch
  • Refurbishing of the 75,000 water tank.

“The revitalization of Tuttle Point Campground showcases the importance of investment in public infrastructure,” said Department of General Services Secretary Reggie McNeil. “This project not only improves accessibility and comfort for visitors, but also underscores the Shapiro-Davis Administration’s commitment to preserving and enhancing natural recreational spaces for future generations.”

The previous Tuttle Point Campground closed in 2010 because of funding issues.

Governor Josh Shapiro committed $112 million to public lands infrastructure in his 2023-2024 budget and Dunn noted that DCNR is delivering on the Governor’s commitment by focusing on projects that improve state parks and forests.

“I am so grateful for this partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Secretary Cindy Dunn for helping make this project a reality,” Senator Michele Brooks said. “When Tuttle closed, I made a commitment to North Shenango Township Supervisors and local residents and businesses that I would do everything I could to one day see it reopened. Today officially marks that great day for Pymatuning State Park, Crawford County, and campers from all over who know how truly remarkable the recreational opportunities are here.”

At 16,892 acres, Pymatuning is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth.

It features boating, fishing, swimming, and camping among its many recreational opportunities.​

It is one of the more popular parks in the nation’s third largest state park system and features the 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir.

Visit the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ website for more information about Pymatuning State Park and check out the department​’s Calendar of Events​ for events on public lands.​

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