Canoeing and Camping at the Ricketts Glen State Park

by PennPaddler

rickettsglen_stateparkRicketts Glen State Park
Located in Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties, this park is comprised of 13,050 acres. The park highlight is the Glens Natural Area which offers a series of 22 natural flowing waterfalls ranging up to 94 feet in height. The old growth forest and wildlife add to the scenic area.

The Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania and offers a unique experience through its hiking, wildlife viewing, and nature photography opportunities.

Canoeing and Kayaking at Ricketts Glen State Park
Lake Jean is 245 acres and offers opportunity for flatwater canoeing and kayaking. The lake has mooring and two boat launches. Boat rentals are available during the summer season and offers rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes.

Camping at Ricketts Glen
There are 120 tent and trailer campsites, some available year-round. The campground features hot showers, flush toilets, and a sanitary dump station. Ten modern rental cabins are available year-round. Cabins are furnished and have a living area, kitchen and dining area, toilets and shower room.

Hiking at Ricketts Glen State Park
The Glens Natural Area is the main scenic attraction in the park. Two branches of Kitchen Creek cut through the deep gorges of Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh and unite at Waters Meet and then flow through Ricketts Glen, among giant pines, hemlocks and oaks. A series of trails, covering a total of five miles, parallel the streams as they course down the Glens. Learn more about hiking the Falls Trail.

Fishing at Ricketts Glen State Park
The 245-acre Lake Jean has warm-water game fish, panfish and trout. Fishing is prohibited in the Glens Natural Area.

Swimming
The 600-foot beach is open from May to September. Refreshments and picnic facilities are available nearby.

Environmental Education
Natural wetlands and old growth forests, and 21 beautiful waterfalls, make Ricketts Glen a unique location for outdoor studies. The park conducts hands-on activities, guided walks and presentations on the natural and historical resources for school groups, scouts, civic organizations and the general public. Call in advance to set up a program that will enhance your classroom or group studies.

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.

For more information on visit the Ricketts Glen State Park Website.

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