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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Winter Recreation Conditions for PA State Parks

With the recent snows and cooler temperatures, the winter recreation season has begun!

Winter Report: To find out if your favorite PA State Park has favorable conditions for winter activities, please check the State Parks Winter Report at http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/WinterReport/Pages/default.aspx. The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks. The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season. The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available. The report also lists the snow depth and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not deep enough, then the activities are not available. This easy-to-use website allows you to search either by park or by specific winter recreation activity.

Snowmobile Information: When snow conditions allow, snowmobile riding is permitted on designated trails and joint-use roads on DCNR lands. The public can access maps and trail conditions through the DCNR web page at http://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/snowmobile/snowindex.aspx. To see information on current trail conditions by county, just scroll down. For trail maps, click on the icon of the specific map you need. Trail information will be updated by 12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the snowmobile riding season. The snowmobile trail conditions can also be access by telephone, toll free, at 1-877-766-6253.

Winter Loaner Program at Sinnemahoning State Park: Explore Sinnemahoning State Park in the winter with the Get Outdoors Loaner Program. When enough snow covers the trails, a limited number of cross-country skis and snowshoes will be available for use within the park, with staff on hand to loan equipment and assist borrowers. Snowshoes and skis will be available Tuesday through Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 2 p.m., when sufficient snow covers the trails. Sizes are limited, but most adult sizes are available. There is no fee for this loaner program, but donations are requested. A driver’s license and valid credit card must be provided in order to borrow equipment. Orientation and brief instruction will be provided upon request at the time of loan. For more information or to confirm size availability, call the Park Office and Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401.

Attend A Program To Learn A New Skill: Are winter sports new to you? Attend a beginner’s class at your local PA State Park or a Winter Festival. Many introductory programs are offered including snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice skating. 

 To find programs and events near you, please visit the DCNR Events Calendar at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/. 
 You can search for specific outdoor activities using the search tool on the bottom right of the page,

 Get Outdoors and enjoy the season!

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