Whipple Dam State Park

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3746 Laurel Run Rd, Petersburg, PA 16669, United States

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Open 24 hours



Introduction of Whipple Dam State Park

The 256-acre Whipple Dam State Park is a lovely day use location and a peaceful getaway. The lake is the ideal location for taking a cooling swim, bird watching, or simply unwinding. There is a lot of wildlife there. White-tailed deer, black bears, wild turkeys, ducks, and many other animal species may all be seen by a keen viewer. Great blue herons, Canada geese, and osprey use the lake. Muskrat and beaver may be spotted on the lake on calm evenings. On July 6, 1754, the Proprietary Government of Pennsylvania first acquired the park land from the Iroquois Confederation. A few miles to the north, the Monroe Iron Works finally acquired the area. There is some proof of iron ore mining, and the region generated charcoal for use in the iron furnace. A dam and sawmill were built by Osgood M. Whipple in 1868 on land he bought downstream of the present park dam. The dam served as a water source for a “up and down” sawmill, which was its intended use. Whipple left the lumber industry in 1897, but the dam survived and was referred to locals as “Whipple’s Dam” for a long time. The history, fishing, and hiking trails of Whipple Dam State Park are now popular attractions.

Whipple Dam State Park
CC: Social Channel of park


Whipple Dam State Park Activities


For canoeing, sailing, kayaking, and electric-powered motorboating, the 22-acre Whipple Lake is perfect. A boat rental includes canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and rowboats during the summer.


For additional information on potential hiking activities, get in touch with the park.

woods view Whipple Dam State Park
CC: Social Channel of park


During certain seasons, a section of the park is accessible for hunting, trapping, and dog training. Deer, grouse, squirrel, bear, turkey, and waterfowl are examples of common game animals.


The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks trout in the 22-acre Whipple Lake and Laurel Run in the spring and winter. The rules and legislation of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are applicable.


A forest-covered area with many big picnic pavilions, a lake, and a snack bar is home to the picnic facilities. The park is equipped with charcoal burners, drinking fountains with hand operation and pressured water, and bathrooms.

Water Sports

From May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset, the 300-foot sand beach is accessible.

Winter Sports

On the lake, ice fishing is permitted.

Whipple Dam State Park Location

Whipple Dam State Park is located 12 miles south of State College in the northeastern portion of Huntingdon County. By driving east off of PA 26 at the Whipple Dam State Park sign, the park is easily accessible.


Parking is available.

Public Transport

There are 5 ways to get from Pennsylvania to Whipple Dam State Park by bus, train, car or plane.

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