Publisher’s Note: As we kick off another summer season with Memorial Day Weekend, we thought it would be a good time to share an excerpt from our 2002 Raystown Lake Region/Huntingdon County Visitors Guide.
Raystown Lake Recreation Area
We are proud to offer the largest lake within the state. With it’s 118 miles of shoreline, 8,300 acres of clean, clear water and 30 miles (as a bald eagle flies) of lake, there is plenty of room to enjoy all kinds of water activity. What most people like about the lake is that except for just a few miles that are developed, nature’s beauty is the backdrop. The US Army Corp of Engineers manages the lake; they operate campgrounds in the Seven Points Recreation Area, Nancy’s Camp and Susquehannock. Eight launch ramps are available for boaters, the lake has no size or horsepower restrictions, and personal watercrafts are welcome. Picnic Pavilions are available for rent and weekend events are provided at the Seven Points Amphitheater. Hiking trails have been developed in 4 areas of the facility. There are four private concessions on the lake, which offer a wide range of services including camping, restaurants, marinas, amusements, entertainment and accommodations.
Shallow water is really not an issue for general running on the lake, the average depth is 80 feet, and some have graphed depths upwards of 200 feet. Although some structures do exist, the rumor that a town was flooded is just that, a story.
For swimmers, skiers and personal watercraft users, wet suits are common until the end of May, beginning of June. In July and August surface temps are 75-80 degrees. Visit the Raystown Lake Visitors Center in the 7 Points Recreation Area for more information, plus a gorgeous view of the lake!
The PA Fish and Boat Commission enforce rules and regulations; a license is required for all motorized vessels. Persons using Personal Watercraft must have a certification.
Boating on Raystown Lake
All sizes of boats are welcome on Raystown Lake; there are no restrictions of horsepower. During the busy weekends in July and August, it is suggested that those using small boats consider using Weavers Falls, Aitch, James Creek and Snyders Run areas, which have easy access to the abundant no-wake areas. There are 8 public boat launches, since our lake rarely freezes completely; boaters can usually enjoy the lake year round. Boat rentals, and launch and park services are available at the marinas; water trampolines are also available. The US Army Corps of Engineers no longer charges a launch fee at the 8 public launch ramps.
The public beaches at Seven Points and Tatman Run at Raystown Lake offer refreshing relief on a dog day afternoon. For those who boat, we encourage swimming in the “no-wake” areas, rather than the main stream. Three of our state parks offer swimming as well. Greenwood Furnace State Park offers a 300 foot sand beach on Greenwood Lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Whipple Dam offers guarded beaches and cool waters for swimming in a beautiful environment. Cool off in our clean water resources!
Water Ski Magazine recently named Raystown Lake as a water ski haven. On the Lake, serious skiers find glass! For those with little time to explore, try the mountainside of the lake between mile markers 25 & 26; 10 & 8; 4& 2; 2&1. You’ll find the best skiing during the week, and on weekends try VERY early morning and after 5pm. Ski and toy rentals are available at the boat dealers around the area, just use the guideto find your options.