Boating, Paddling and Camping at Prince Gallitzin

by PennPaddler

glendale1Prince Gallitzin State Park
In an area of Pennsylvania landscaped with strip mines, backfills, and privately owned properties, nature seekers in the region are blessed with the Prince Gallitzin State Park, located in Cambria County. This central Pennsylvania State Park offers over 6000 acres for hiking, flatwater kayaking and boating, hunting, fishing, cabin, RV and tent camping.

Camping at Prince Gallitzin
With its 1600 acre lake, large campground, and campsites located convenient on the lake shore, this park is an oasis for paddlers seeking a nature photography, camping or fishing experience. Although the campground often gets very crowded during the summer months, the tent campsites located in the White Oak area provide a more solitude experience. You can also easily go night fishing, or launch your kayak from many of these campsite locations. Several of these campsites have electric and there is pet camping available. See the campground PDF map.

Campground amenities include:

  • coin operated laundry facilities
  • 10 year-round cabin rentals
  • 437 tent sites
  • dump stations
  • camp store
  • flush toilets
  • showers
  • guarded swimming pool
  • playground

Boating at Prince Gallitzin
With the lakes 20 horsepower limit, 1600 acres of water, and 26 miles of shoreline, Glendale Lake is a kayak friendly lake. On this lake you will encounter pontoon boats, sailboats and small fishing boats, but because of the horsepower limit paddlers can enjoy the entire lake without competing with speed boats and jet skis. And much of the lakes shoreline offers secluded coves and wetlands, some of which are accessible only by canoes and kayaks. These wetlands offer excellent fishing and wildlife viewing opportunity. There are 9 public boat launches and 3 public docking facilities on the lake. While boating in Pennsylvania’s State Parks the watercraft must display a launch permit or boater registration. These permits and registrations can be obtained at most state park offices.

Glendale Lake Fishing
Glendale Lake is renowned in central Pennsylvania for its fishing experience. The crappies range from 6 to 10 inches and the lake also is famous for its muskie, walleye and bass fishing. Hotspots for walleye fishing are the Slate Lick area, the old roadbed that runs through the center of the lake, and the rocky points at the Wire Rock area. 50 inch muskie caught at this lake are common. As a historical note, in 1969 the Fish and Boat Commission received amur pike eggs from the Soviet Union. Those amur pike eggs were used to stock the lake, making Glendale one of the few lakes in the United States to contain the amur pike. There are also several tributaries that provide trout fishing.

Although campsites are available on a first come basis, it is advisable to reserve your campsite in advance. You can reserve a campsite online by clicking here. Or you can call 888-PA-PARKS.

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