If you are looking for a small quiet peaceful family destination with quality fishing Raccoon Creek State Park may be the place for you. There is no shortage of outdoor opportunities for every season of the year. Raccoon Creek Lake is 101 acres and is open to electric power motors, row boats, canoes, and kayaks only. If you have a gas powered motor on the boat the motor must be trimmed to a point where the prop is out of the water at all times. There is a boat rental that is equipped with canoes, kayaks, and rowboats. There are also, 48 slips for boat mooring
The 101 acre lake is filled with bluegill, sunfish, bullhead catfish, yellow perch, walleye, crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and muskellunge. Brook Trout and Rainbow trout are stocked in the lake and feeder streams annually. See the PA Fish & Boat Commission website for stocking information. There is also a 12 acre upper lake that is catch and release all year long.
When fishing the lake you must realize that the water is on the clear side. The fish can be spooky because the water is clear. Focus on the weeds which grow throughout the lake. Some of the best lures include frogs and flukes. Live bait is always a good option for the trout and panfish species. Don’t let the size of this lake fool you. There are quite a number of big fish swimming around this lake. As usual big fish eat big baits and sense trout are stocked in the lake, big trout swimbaits are a great option for the trophy bass or muskellunge.
There are many other activities you can participate in. First, there is a 500 foot ADA accessible sand beach for swimming. If you like mountain biking there are 17 miles for trails designated to this sport. Perhaps you would enjoy hiking the 44 miles worth of trails. There are also 16 miles of equestrian horseback riding trails. Pioneer and Sioux backpacking areas have 5 Adirondack shelters and tent areas. These areas are only open to backpackers and can be reserved through the park office or online. Some winter activities include ice fishing, ice skating, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
If your family enjoys to camp there are 172 modern campsites that are open from the second Friday of April until mid October. These sites are for tents and campers. They also include a playground, 5 central washhouses with hot showers, and a dump station. There is also a Sioux rustic campground. If you prefer there are 10 modern cabins. These include a living area, dining/kitchen, bathroom with shower, and 2 or 3 bedrooms. For all of the comforts of home reserve the lakeside lodge. Group cabins are also available. The 3 cabins hold 30, 80, and 130 people and are intended for church and school groups. Group tent camping is also available. To make a group camping reservation click here. For more information about reservations and the state park visit PA DCNR Webiste.