Today is the official opening of the Seven Points Campground at Raystown Lake, which surrounds our office at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center! The campground is being managed this year for the first time by the Friends of Raystown Lake, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help promote and protect the environmental and recreational missions of the Army Corps of Engineers Raystown Lake Project by engaging in partnerships to further those missions. As the recreation mission of the Corps continues to deal with decreases in the federal budget, organizations like the Friends of Raystown Lake are finding creative ways to keep a good thing going at Army Corps projects around the country. We applaud them for that!
Although we have a good number of campgrounds, vacation homes, B&B’s, and hotels that are open year-round in the Raystown Lake Region, there is a general consensus that April is the “soft opening” of our tourism season. By the end of April almost all of our places to stay and attractions are open for business (there are a handful that won’t open until Memorial Day Weekend). Here are a few reasons why April is a great time to visit the RLR.
- The Fish! Trout season begins in Huntingdon County on April 14th. Even if you don’t like to fish, it is always an amazing drive along route 26 between McAlevy’s Fort and Huntingdon to see the linear tent city that develops beginning Friday, April 13th. For the local trout stocking schedule, click here. We have world-class trout streams in the Little Juniata River, Spruce Creek, Standing Stone Creek, Shavers Creek, Great Trough Creek, and Blacklog Creek. We also have great fishing for species other than trout in Raystown Lake, and on the Juniata River. Check out our partner site at The Alleghenies for great fishing options in the region.
- The Blossoms! From yellow forsythia, white apple, soft pink pear, hot pink redbud, lilac, rhododendron, and white mountain laurel, the blossoms on our native trees and shrubs is gorgeous during April (some started blooming with an early warm spell in March). Spring in our niche of The Alleghenies is equally as beautiful as our autumn leaves.
- The Birds! Whether you are a novice who marvels at the sight of a bald eagle, or a seasoned ornithologist with a life list of songbirds, we’ve got the place for you! For a guaranteed look at raptors, check out Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, where their raptor center features a variety of live birds of prey that due to injury, would not likely survive in the wild. For a great place to view and hear songbirds, check out the Hillside Nature Trail at Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake.
- The Shows! April in Huntingdon County, brings with it a lot of great shows. The Playhouse at McConnellstown opens its season with Belles in April as Juniata College closes its season with fantastic student performances in theater and music. April also kicks off a great season of outdoor concerts with the live music at Mayfest of Huntingdon! Shows also include minor league and NCAA baseball, as well as Penn State Football‘s annual Blue-White Game.
So whatever your passion is this spring, bring it to the Raystown Lake Region, and stop in and see us at the Visitors Center while you’re here!