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100 Mile Journey to Raise Awareness of Pennsylvania Tourism Industry

Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Matt Price is leading this trip on the Juniata River and Susquehanna River. You can follow the journey at www.PaddleForPATourism.org. Paddlers are welcome to join the trip — especially for the last leg into Harrisburg. Launch for the first day of the trip Riverside Park, Mapleton Depot, PA at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015. Launch for the last leg is from Riverfront Campground, Duncannon, PA at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Here are the details released to media:

Paddle for PA Tourism launches on 100 mile waterway journey 4/27/2015

Matt Price is leading a 100 mile paddling trip to raise awareness of PA Tourism. Launching 4/27/2015. Photo by Ed Stoddard, http://www.paddleforpatourism.org

MAPLETON DEPOT, PA: Beginning on the morning of April, 27, 2015 a group of Pennsylvania travel industry professionals and advocates will embark on a 100-mile journey down the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers from Mapleton to Harrisburg, arriving on Saturday, May 2nd, the day before the annual Pennsylvania Tourism Summit.

The goals of the trek are to build awareness of Pennsylvania’s travel and tourism industry and to raise funds for TravelPAC, the official Political Action Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism (PATT). TravelPAC uses funds to directly support political candidates for elected positions in Pennsylvania government who have demonstrated a commitment to support one of the state’s largest revenue generating and job creating industries—Travel and Tourism.

The through-paddlers include PATT President/CEO Rob Fulton of Harrisburg, Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Matt Price of Huntingdon, Seven Points Marina Tour Boat Captain Steve Prosser of Hesston, and Miles Partnership Senior Vice President Jay Salyers of Boulder, CO.

The group will experience a variety of lodging types on their journey ranging from a public Leave-No-Trace camping island managed by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to a luxurious bed and breakfast located at one of Pennsylvania’s wineries, and many options in between.

The paddlers will be blogging about their experiences at http://www.PaddleForPATourism.org, which is also where supporters can make a contribution to TravelPAC. According to Pennsylvania law, TravelPAC may only accept contributions from personal accounts or credit cards, and may not accept contributions from corporate or partnership entities, including not-for-profit organizations. Organizations, corporations or partnerships that would like to support Paddle for PA Tourism may contribute as a sponsor for the event through the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism.

The group invites anyone with an interest in PA’s travel and tourism economy to join them for single-day segments of the trip, and would like to get as many paddlers as possible for the final leg on Saturday, May 2nd from Duncannon to City Island in Harrisburg. Rental equipment and shuttle services are available from local outfitters. Check http://www.VisitPA.com for outfitters in the appropriate area. Details on joining the event can be found at http://www.PaddleforPATourism.org.

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Vote Now for the Juniata River to be Pennsylvania’s 2013 River of the Year!

The public again is invited to vote online for the 2013 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among six waterways nominated across the state.

Photo by Matt Price

Mapleton’s Riverside Park will be the starting point of the 2013 Juniata River Sojourn on the Main Stem of the Juniata River, a candidate for River of the Year.

They are: Juniata River and Swatara Creek in south central Pennsylvania; Kiskiminetas River and Monongahela River in the southwest; Lackawanna River in the northeast; and Schuylkill River in the southeast.

Vote here!

“Individually, each of these waterways showcases unique natural resources and recreational potential,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan. “Collectively, they demonstrate just how blessed Pennsylvania is with its wealth of rivers and streams.”

Nomination of the six waterways was based on their conservation needs and successes; as well as well as celebration plans should the nominee be voted 2013 River of the Year. Visithttp://pawatersheds.org/vote to read the nomination statement for each and to vote. Voting ends Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

“This is the third year that our selection process is through public voting,” said Allan, “and we know the spirit of competition rallies community support around our waterways and puts deserving rivers and streams in the limelight.”

DCNR and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, administer the River of the Year program. Nominations were made by local groups.
Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.

“We are excited to partner with DCNR for a third year of public voting on River of the Year,” POWR Executive Director Janie French said. “The River of the Year program is a great way for us to highlight the opportunities and challenges facing the state’s waterways. As part of the larger river sojourn program, the River of the Year helps connect thousands of Pennsylvanians to the water.”

After a waterway is chosen, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a special extended paddling trip known as a sojourn. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers.
The Pennsylvania Sojourn program, jointly run by DCNR and POWR, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. For more information about the sojourns, visit http://www.pawatersheds.org.

POWR and DCNR also work with the local organization to create a free commemorative poster celebrating the River of the Year.
Pennsylvania’s 2012 River of the Year is the Stonycreek River, flowing through Cambria and Somerset counties.

To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us (click on “Conserve,” then “Waterways”).

Download this press release (Word document).

Photo by Matt Price

Paddling is a favorite pastime on the main stem of the Juniata River in Huntingdon County.

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Enjoy Your Holiday, Play It Safe

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Fourth of July is one of the busiest holiday weekends at US Army Corps of Engineers lands and waters, such as Raystown Lake and visitors are encouraged to have fun, stay safe, and make it home alive.

The USACE hosts 370 million visits annually at its more than 400 lake and river projects where people enjoy fishing, boating, hiking and more. While outdoor recreation is fun and healthy, USACE urges our visitors to expect the unexpected and think about these four safety tips this Fourth of July.

Wear a life jacket.

  • Statistics show that 90 percent of those who drown at USACE lakes and rivers may have survived if they had worn a life jacket.
  • Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death.
  • Expect the unexpected. Accidents happen, even to responsible boaters. A life jacket can provide time for rescue.

Know your swimming ability.

  • Swimming in open water is more difficult than in a swimming pool because a swimmer can tire more quickly and get into trouble.
  • Conditions can change quickly in open water.
  • Swim in designated areas and wear a life jacket. A life jacket will help conserve energy and provide flotation.

Be a “Water Watcher.”

  • When on or near the water watch your children.
  • A child can drown in 20 seconds
  • Drowning happens quickly and quietly. A drowning victim’s head will be back, they will be gasping for air, they will not be yelling, and their arms will be slapping the water as though trying to climb out of the water.

Avoid exhaust fumes around boats.

  • Carbon monoxide, an invisible killer, can accumulate anywhere in or around boats regardless of what type of boat. Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors on and inside your boat. Maintain a fresh circulation of air through and around your boat at all times.
  • Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include eye irritation, headache, nausea, weakness and dizziness. Know the signs and stay alive.
  • Avoid areas around boats where exhaust fumes may be present. Do not let friends swim under or around the boarding platform where fumes can accumulate.

To find a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project near you visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

For more information about Raystown Lake and the surrounding area, visit www.Raystown.org.

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Area Fireworks Displays Start Tonight

Fireworks over Raystown Lake by Kevin Mills

Fireworks on the Lake at Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center, Entriken, PA. Photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com.

With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, the Raystown Lake Region will be celebrating all week with fireworks displays, beginning tonight, Sunday, July 1st, at the Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center after dusk (9:00 PM-ish).  If you don’t want to find a place to park to watch them (it’s illegal to stop on Route 994 in the area of Entriken Bridge), and you aren’t confident enough to boat at night, Seven Points Marina still has tickets to view them from the deck of The Princess Lake Cruiser.  The cruise on The Princess departs from the marina at 7:00 PM.  A limited number of tickets are still available.  We recommend calling 814-658-3074. ASAP to reserve.

Fireworks at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, State College, PA by Matt Price

Fireworks following a State College Spikes Minor League Baseball Game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, State College, PA on the Penn State University campus. Photo by Matt Price

Also tonight, tomorrow night, and Tuesday night, the State College Spikes Minor League Baseball team will be having fireworks displays following each game in their series versus the Batavia Muckdogs.  Game times are 6:00 PM tonight, and 7:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, on the Penn State University campus, State College, PA.

Tuesday night, July 3rd, also brings a community fireworks display to Huntingdon.  The fireworks are launched from atop Flagpole Hill, and visible from nearly everywhere in Huntingdon Borough and Smithfield Township.  For those of you not familiar with Huntingdon, Flagpole Hill is located at the top of 5th Street (look for the giant American Flag).

Of course the actual Independence Day holiday falls on July 4th, and that’s when the big mortars come out.  Working from South to North along Interstate 99, look for the Independence Day Firestorm fireworks display at Altoona’s Lakemont Park, and another display following the Altoona Curve Minor League Baseball game against the Reading Phillies at PNG Field, Altoona.  One of the largest, most renowned, professional fireworks displays in Pennsylvania happens at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park with its annual Summer Thunder 4th of July Fireworks.  Farther north on Interstate 99, State College’s Central PA 4th Fest will be happening in the area of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and Beaver Stadium.  This display is the largest all-volunteer fireworks display in the  world.

The fireworks don’t end with Independence Day, though.  The Altoona Curve will have fireworks following each game against the Reading Phillies, July 4th, 5th, and 6th, and Saturday and Sunday night games against the Binghamton Mets.  Game times on Wednesday-Saturday are 7:00 PM and Sunday at 6:00 PM.

If you were counting, that’s 13 fireworks displays in 8 days, including at least one every night!  Be safe, have fun, and don’t drink and drive or drink and boat!

God Bless America!


 

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Last Minute Fathers Day Ideas

Okay, you’ve only got four days to plan something for dad! What do you do?

We have some ideas for you that dad is sure to appreciate, all of which you still have time to pull-off!

    1. Weekend getaway in the Raystown Lake Region:  If dad loves the water, why not rent a houseboat from Seven Points Marina  or Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center?  It is impossible to find accommodations any closer to Raystown Lake than a houseboat!  These are perfect for the dad who loves to fish, swim, kayak, grill, and/or drive a boat.  Plus mom and the family get the comforts of home with fully equipped kitchens, and bathrooms, not to mention comfy beds!  Other types of accommodations are also available this weekend from camping to bed and breakfasts, cabins and vacation homes.  Visit Raystown.org/places-to-stay to hone in on exactly the type of lodging you are looking for!
    2. Nostalgia and Ice Cream: Is dad the guy who loves cars, or is he the guy who has fond memories of riding the streetcar through his hometown?  Why not treat him to a visit to the Swigart Automobile Museum, and take him for a ride and an ice cream treat at the Rockhill Trolley Museum? Other great places to reminisce are the Isett Acres Museum, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, and the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society Museum.
    3. The Bird’s Eye View: Take dad on a road trip he’ll never forget.  Stop at Jo Hays Vista on Route 26 for a bird’s eye view of Happy Valley, then let him interact with raptors at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.  After that, head south to Ridenour Overlook and Hawn’s Overlook for great views of Raystown Lake.  Get back on Route 26 south then turn right onto 164 west to check out the views from atop Tussey Mountain on your way to a surprise helicopter tour of Raystown Lake or the Horseshoe Curve with Pine Bottom Aviation!  Check out this Google Map for directions and suggested places for eating along the way!
    4. Buck the System: Admit it, there’s something mesmerizing to almost all dads about cowboys riding bucking broncos and bulls!  If this describes your dad, then you need to get him tickets to the Central Pennsylvania Rodeo this weekend! Add in some great vittles, and dad can settle into the grandstand at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds, and have a mighty fine time!  Yee Haw!
    5. The Old Standbys with a Different Twist: So, the old standby is more your speed for a Fathers Day gift…The RLR has you covered there too!  Want a sweater or socks?  Then check out Terrace Mountain Alpacas for great Alpaca wool products.   New camping gear? Rothrock Outfitters and Bear Creek RV have your back!  Dinner and a show?  Check out some great places to eat and the Clifton 5 or Playhouse at  McConnellstown!
    6. A Gift from the heART: Gifts of art are always appreciated.  The RLR has some great places to find the perfect piece of work for your favorite piece of work, I mean dad!  Check out the Log Cabin Gallery Shop, Vintage Art Glass and the Foxy Grape, Li’l Deb’s Custom Stained Glass, Reeve’s Gift Boutique, Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe, and Family Treasures, all have great artwork for sale!

If you are still at a loss, then give us a call at 888-729-7869, and we’ll help you out!

Happy Fathers Day!

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Welcome to the Water!

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!

WATER ACTIVITIES

BOATING

Raystown Lake glassy at Seven Points Marina photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com

Early in the morning, Raystown Lake is calm, and the waters are glassy. (Photo by Abram Eric Landes aelandesphography.com

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.

SWIMMING

Seven Points Beach photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com

Seven Points Recreation Area Beach on Raystown Lake (Photo by Kevin Mills picturesbykevin.com

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 SKIING

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.

Water skiing on Raystown Lake photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com

Water skiing is a popular activity on Raystown Lake (photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com)

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Looking For Raystown Fishing Hot Spots

RAYSTOWN LAKE, Pa. – Do you want to learn where the fishing “hot spots” are at Raystown Lake while also helping the aquatic habitat of the lake? If so, a fish structure building day is the perfect event for YOU!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking energized volunteers to help with the construction and placement of porcupine brush cribs at Raystown Lake. Two fish structure building days will be held this year. Please join us on Sunday, April 29 and Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to noon at Raystown Lake’s Nancy’s Campground (located off Rt. 994, approximately 2 miles east of Rt. 26). You can help make a difference!

This is the 22nd year volunteers have helped the Corps, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission build and place artificial aquatic habitat structures in Raystown Lake. Vehicle access, parking and everything you need, including light refreshments, will be provided by the Corps and the Friends of Raystown Lake.

Fish structure building days are a great opportunity for sportsmen’s organizations, civic clubs or individual volunteers to demonstrate their commitment to the fisheries of Raystown Lake. For additional information about the program or directions, volunteers should contact Park Ranger Tara Whitsel at 814­658­6811 or Tara.J.Whitsel@usace.army.mil.

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Boating on Raystown Lake and The Perfect Storm?

By Captain Stephen Prosser
There are days on the water at Raystown Lake that I recall a scene in the movie, “The Perfect Storm”.  Captain Billy Tyne is talking to another boat captain, Christine.  It goes like this.
“The fog’s just lifting. Throw off your bow line; throw off your stern. You head out to South channel, past Rocky Neck, Ten Pound Island. Past Niles Pond where I skated as a kid. Blow your air-horn and throw a wave to the lighthouse keeper’s kid on Thatcher Island. Then the birds show up: black backs, herring gulls, big dump ducks. The sun hits ya – head North. Open up to 12 – steamin’ now. The guys are busy; you’re in charge. Ya know what? You’re a swordboat captain! Is there anything better in the world?”
Some of you know what I am talking about as Raystown Lake has 118 miles of shoreline and is 28 miles long.  Maybe you put in at the southern end where the lake is more like a lazy river winding through the mountains or James Creek where you can go back to the Brumbaugh Homestead and party cove.  We all have our favorite spots like Pee Wee Island or a cove that you and the family always seems to end up at on your weekend adventures.  I have mine but would never tell you about them, you have to find your own.
Raystown has about 8,300 acres of water and there is room for you to discover what we all know about this special place, located only one day’s drive from one third of the entire population of the United States.  Your vacation or get-a-way is waiting to happen with support from Seven Points Marina, voted as the best marina in the country on the northern end and Lake Raystown Resort on the southern end.  The Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake manages seven (7) boat launches along the length of the 28-mile lake. They are, from the northernmost end to the southernmost end:Snyder’s RunSeven PointsAitchJames Creek,Tatman RunShy Beaver and Weaver Falls.  Check out the Corps of Engineers web site to learn more and to get directions.
Everybody seems to write about their vacation spot as being special, I suppose, and claim it only rains at night and everyone is always happy and the food explodes in your mouth with flavor.  Ok, I get it, everyone wants you to visit.
All I know is that there are times when I throw out the bow and the stern line and head out past the wave break.  Then comes the public beach and I blast the air horn at the kids playing in the water.  We head north toward the dam, push it up to 22 and we’re throwing a wake now.  The sun hits the water and it seems to come alive, dancing in front of us to the sound of the radio playing softly in the background.  We pass jet ski’s and cruisers, and everyone seems to be enjoying the day.  Water people always seem to be at their best when they are on the water again.  Way back in the no wake zones people either tie up together with friends or stay by themselves.  There is plenty of room for everyone.
I ask the mate for another beverage and our guests are busy enjoying their first glimpse of the Lake aboard the tour boat, The Princess.  Ya know what?  I’m a tour boat captain on Raystown Lake.  Is there anything better in the world?
About the author:
For the past five years Steve has been the Captain of the tour boat, The Princess that docks at Seven Points Marina.  He is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain, 100 tons.  Although he has a BA in religious studies, along with a masters degree in Education and another masters degree in Business, water is his first love.
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