Shawnee State Park (Pennsylvania)

Shawnee State Park (Pennsylvania)

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Shawnee State Park is a 3,983 acres (16.12 km²) Pennsylvania state park in Juniata and Napier Townships, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Shawnee Lake, a convert|451|acre|km2|sing=on warm water reservoir, is at the center of the park as its main attraction. The park's main entrance is just east of Schellsburg, along U.S. Route 30 and about convert|10|mi|km west of the county seat of Bedford. The park is also easily accessed via State Route 31, by State Route 96 (Shawnee Road).


Shawnee State Park is named for the Shawenee Creek, a stream which flowed through the area and was dammed to create the recreational lake at the park, and which itself was named for the Shawnee, a Native American tribe that once lived in many parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky. They were forced from their lands soon after the establishment of the Thirteen Colonies.cite web | url = | title = Shawnee State Park | accessdate = 2005-11-08 | publisher = Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources]

The area surrounding the park was used as a trade route and military road during the French and Indian War. General John Forbes built the Forbes Road along what is modern-day U.S. Highway 30 to send supplies from the ports in Philadelphia and Baltimore to General Edward Braddock as he tried to capture Fort Duquesne from the French in 1758.


The bedrock at the park consists of the Devonian Brallier Formation, Harrell Formation, Mahantango Formation, and Marcellus Formation. These formations are all dominantly shales and siltstones, which dip to the southeast at approximately 20-30 degrees. The park lies at the southern end of Chestnut Ridge, which is a broad, doubly-plunging anticline. Some of the shales (probably the Harrell Formation) outcrop along the shores of the lake, particularly the southern shore near the dam.Berg, T.M., Edmunds, W.E., Geyer, A.R. and others, compilers, (1980). Geologic Map of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geologic Survey, Map 1, scale 1:250,000.]

taying overnight


Shawnee State Park has a 293 site campground. The sites are modern with some electric hook-ups. There is a centrally located bathhouse with flush toilets, hot showers and a sanitary dump station at the campground. The camp store sells fire wood, charcoal and other camping supplies. Camping season begins with trout season in mid-April and ends at the conclusion of deer season in late December.

hawnee Lodge

Shawnee Lodge is the former home of John Bowman. Bowman was president and chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and was instrumental in the construction of the Cathedral of Learning on Pitt's Oakland Campus in Pittsburgh. Bowman owned the barn, buildings and houses that are now surrounded by Shawnee Lake. The lodge on the island is open for rent year-round. It has a modern kitchen, a bathroom, living room, sitting room and four bedrooms.


Shawnee State Park is open for year round recreation. There are 15 miles (24 km) of trails open for hiking and some are open to biking. Five pavilions are spread throughout the park along with numerous picnic tables.

hawnee Lake

Shawnee Lake is a warm water fishery. It is stocked with game fish by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The common fish are walleye, pickerel, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, muskellunge, catfish, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, bullhead, sucker and carp. While pleasantly warm for swimming, and supportive of the above fish, Shawnee lake is too warm to support a trout population. There are three boat launches at Shawnee Lake for electric and non powered boats only. Gas powered boats are prohibited at Shawnee State Park. All boats must have a current registration with any state or a launch permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The beach at Shawnee State Park is open daily from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend.Beginning in 2008 lifeguards will not be posted at the beach. [cite web | url = | title = Pa. state parks going without life guards at beaches in 2008 | accessdate = 2008-02-19 | publisher = The Times Leader]


Hunting is permitted on over 3,000 acres (12.14 km²) of Shawnee State Park. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The primary game species are squirrels, white-tailed deer, rabbits, and ruffed grouse.

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within convert|30|mi|km|0 of Shawnee State Park: [cite map |scale = 1:65,000| publisher= Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division | url= | title= 2007 General Highway Map Bedford County Pennsylvania| accessdate= 2007-07-27 "Note: shows Shawnee State Park"] cite web
last = Michels
first = Chris
year = 1997
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title = "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation"
publisher = Northern Arizona University
accessdate = 2008-04-23
*Blue Knob State Park (Bedford County)
*Laurel Mountain State Park (Westmoreland County)
*Warriors Path State Park (Bedford County)

Local points of interest

Local points of interest include the abandoned Story Land amusement park, Gravity Hill, and the ruins of the Ship Hotel high on Allegheny Ridge.


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