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Tucked away in the Pennsylvania Wilds and surrounded by beautiful state parks and forests, Kettle Creek State Park has plenty to offer to outdoor enthusiasts. Located a little over an hour's drive southeast of Emporium, this 1,793-acre park sits on the shores of Kettle Creek.

With its wilderness surroundings, Kettle Creek State Park is well worth visiting if you want to escape the daily grind for a little while. It also offers an abundance of recreational activities, with great fishing, boating, and hiking all on offer.

Best of all, there are two pretty campgrounds to choose from, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding the perfect spot to set up camp at Kettle Creek State Park for a few nights or more.

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Getting Outdoors

With more than 1,700 acres to explore, there's plenty to see and do in Kettle Creek State Park. And for many visitors, the best way to start your visit is to get out on the water.

The park is home to Kettle Creek Reservoir, a 167-acre lake that supports a variety of water sports. Restricted to electric motors only, the reservoir is a tranquil and idyllic feature for campers of all ages to enjoy.

Kayaking and canoeing are two of the most popular pastimes on the lake, while windsurfing and sailing are also permitted. Sixty mooring spaces and a boat launching area can be found at the northern end of the lake, while campers can also take advantage of free overnight mooring.

As you'd expect, fishing is also a great way to spend the day in Kettle Creek State Park. The reservoir has a well-earned reputation for offering excellent trout and bass fishing, while panfish, sucker, and brown bullhead can also be caught in its cool waters.

The Lower Campground, which also boasts an ADA-accessible fishing pier, is the perfect spot to park up for the night if you're a keen angler. And if you're visiting in winter, ice fishing is also allowed on the lake.

When you're not on or near the water, you'll probably want to set out and explore some of the local trails. While there are only two miles of trails within the park itself, there are numerous other trails in the surrounding wilderness. These include the 53-mile Donut Hole Trail for backpackers, which can be accessed near the Lower Campground.

Mountain bikers are also well catered for in the area. Nearby Sproul State Forest boasts a number of mountain biking trails, several of which can be accessed from Kettle Creek State Park. The 21-mile Eagleton Mine Camp Shared Use Trail is one of the forest's main attractions for two-wheeled adventure enthusiasts.

Camping at Kettle Creek State Park

If you'd like to camp with an RV in Kettle Creek State Park, book an RV in Clinton County and then reserve a site in one of the park's two camping areas:

  • Lower Campground. Situated next to Kettle Creek, this 41-site camping area offers 30- or 50-amp electrical hookups, showers, and flushing toilets. Restrooms are clean and well-maintained, while a sanitary dump station is also provided. This campground also provides easy access to a fishing pier, but no pets are permitted on these sites. Camping is available here from mid-April until the close of antlered deer season in mid-December.
  • Upper Campground. This campground offers lovely views of both the Alvin R. Bush Dam and Kettle Creek Reservoir. There are 27 sites in total, 12 of which have electrical hookups and a further four of which are for tents only. Vault toilets are also provided. If you want to visit Kettle Creek State Park with dogs, you'll be pleased to learn that this camping area is pet-friendly. Just make sure your pet remains leashed and that you clean up after your furry friend at all times. The Upper Campground is open from early April until the end of deer season in mid-October.

Exploring the Area

When your Kettle Creek State Park RV camping vacation comes to an end, you'll be thrilled to learn that there are plenty of other great destinations worth checking out nearby. For example, if you're craving more natural beauty and exciting outdoor adventures, you'll want to make the short drive east to Hyner Run State Park.

If you're touring the area in April, you might prefer to make a beeline for Emporium to check out the annual Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic.

And if you'd rather head for a major center, Altoona is a little over two hours away. When you get there, make sure to treat your inner history buff to a tour of the Railroaders Memorial Museum.

Whatever type of vacation you have planned, you'll find plenty to see and do when you rent a camper near Kettle Creek State Park.

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