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If your idea of the perfect camping getaway involves spending lots of time on, in, or near the water, you'll jump at the chance to visit Bald Eagle State Park. Located near the town of Howard in central Pennsylvania, this 5,900-acre park is home to the Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, which is the site of a host of recreational activities within the park.
Boating, fishing, and swimming are all popular pastimes at Bald Eagle State Park, while 14.5 miles of hiking trails and impressive wildlife watching opportunities are other headline attractions. And because the park is just a handful of miles off Interstate 80, not to mention has a large campground that accommodates RVs, it's easily accessible in a motorhome.
If you like the sound of a Bald Eagle State Park RV camping getaway, keep reading to find out how to plan your perfect vacation in this beautiful location.
Covering 1,730 acres, the Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir is the centerpiece of Bald Eagle State Park. During the summer months, campers and day-use visitors flock to the park's 1,200-foot beach. Featuring sand and turf, the beach is the ideal spot for anyone looking to go for a swim and escape the summer heat. The swimming area is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with a kids' playground, snack bar, changing rooms, and restrooms all provided.
Boating is also a hugely popular way to spend a day on the eight-mile-long lake. The park's six boat launches are spaced out around the lake, and most of them provide 24-hour access. There are also 369 docking slips available for rent at the marina, with boat rentals available from Memorial Day through Labor Day as well as on the weekends during September and October.
Many of those who take to the water also bring their fishing gear with them. The lake offers great warmwater fishing, with species like crappie, yellow perch, and largemouth and smallmouth bass all calling these waters home. There's also an ADA-accessible fishing pier located near the Winter boat launch.
Away from the water, the other main attraction in Bald Eagle State Park is hiking. With almost 15 miles of trails throughout the park, taking a stroll is the best way to explore the forests and wetlands that surround the lake. The one-and-a-half-mile Butterfly Trail offers easy hiking and is a favorite with kids, while the four-mile Lakeside Trail is more difficult but rewards hikers with beautiful glimpses of the water.
If you want to camp with an RV at Bald Eagle State Park, book an RV in Centre County and find the perfect place to set up camp for a few nights in the Russell P. Letterman Campground. This modern RV campground is located less than a mile from the beach and the marina, so it's the perfect place to base yourself for an outdoor adventure in Bald Eagle State Park.
There are 97 campsites available, with 18 of those offering full hookups. Most sites offer 30-amp electricity, but a small number offer 50-amp hookups instead. Restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers are also available in the campground, while each site gets its own paved parking space, picnic table, and fire ring.
Two sites are accessible to people with disabilities, while there are also camping cottages, yurts, and 35 walk-in tent sites in the park.
If you're planning on staying a while in the Russell P. Letterman Campground, please note that it's open from mid-April until mid-December.
When you're ready to wrap up your visit to Bald Eagle State Park and hit the road once again in your rental RV, you'll soon find that there are plenty of other great destinations and attractions within easy reach.
If you're keen to check out more spectacular natural scenery, Black Moshannon State Park, with its old-growth forest and easy access to Black Moshannon Lake, is around half an hour southwest. If sporting history is more your thing, you can steer your RV rental northeast to Williamsport and the World of Little League Museum. Or, if you'd rather head for the big city, you could be touring the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in less than three hours.
You'll find experiences on offer to suit campers of all ages and tastes, so rent an RV near Bald Eagle State Park and start exploring the best that Pennsylvania's heartland has to offer.