Yellow Creek State Park is a 2,981 acre State Park in Indiana County PA.
Named for the Yellow and Little Yellow Creeks which create the 720 acre lake from their
waters Yellow Creek Lake and State Park is located along the Kittanning Path and PA State
Route 422 south east of Indiana PA.
Visitors to Yellow Creek State Park can enjoy its sand beach, picnic facilities, nature
trails and educational programs. Yellow Creek Lake is also a popular location for fishing
and boating activities, as well as bird watching enthusiasts thanks to the locations importance as a stop for migrating birds.
Picnic facilities at Yellow Creek State Park offer picnic tables, modern restrooms and a
limited number of charcoal grills scattered throughout the area. The park beach area
accomodates parking for over 4,000 persons. Visitors are also allowed to bring their own
grills but open ground fires are not permitted in the park. Controlled and attended pets
are permitted in the day use area and must be on a leash or otherwise safely restrained.
Three pavilions at Yellow Creek State Park are also available and may be reserved up to 11
months in advance for a fee. Non-reserved pavilion use is free, and allowed on a first
come first served basis.
The beach at Yellow Creek State Park is open from late May through mid September and
provides swimming access from the 800 foot beach. Beach hours are from 8am to sunset
daily. The swimming area also provides access to a modern bath house and snack bar. No
pets are allowed on the beach area of Yellow Creek State Park. Swimming at Yellow Creek
State Park is at your own risk.
Boating is allowed on Yellow Creek Lake which permits operation of motors up to 20 hp. The
Lake includes boat launches on both the north and south shores, the beach area, and the
small launch in Grampaps Cove. Boat rentals are available including rentals of;
motorboats, canoes, rowboats, paddleboats, pontoon boats and small sailboats. Mooring of
boats overnight is only allowed by special permit. All motorboats must display current
registration and non-powered boats must display either; boat registration, launch permit
or mooring permit.
The 720 acre Yellow Creek Lake is stocked with most warm-water game fish and panfish.
Fishermen will find; smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, northern pike,
tiger muskellunge, yellow perch, bluegill and catfish in the lake's waters. There is also
an ADA accessible fishing pier on the north shore. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
big bass regulations are in effect on Yellow Creek Lake.
Hunting is also permitted within Yellow Creek State Park.
Yellow Creek State Park offers opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. Laurel Run Trail, a 0.5-mile loop which starts at the park office is an easy hike and is
especially beautiful in the spring when wildflowers abound. Ridgetop Trail is a
challenging 2-mile trail that begins in the beach/day-use area and winds through a variety
of habitats. Damsite Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that offers a view of the Yellow Creek dam.
The mountain bike trails on the north and south shores are for hikers and
bikers. The trails are easy riding with some challenging sections, which have alternate
routes to bypass the obstacles.
Yellow Creek State Park camping is available with several camping cottages along the lakeshore near McFeaters Cove. These six cottages are available for rent the second weekend in April through the first weekend in November. Four Mongolian-style tents, or "Yurts" are also available for rent the second weekend in April through the
first weekend in November. Pets are prohibited in the cottage and yurt area.
Winter activities at the Yellow Creek State Park include; Cross-country Skiing, Sledding, Snowmobiling, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating and Iceboating.
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For additional information on boating rules, hunting regulations, boat rentals, camping and park reservations visit: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/yellowcreek/