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Camping at Gifford Pinchot State Park

Gifford Pinchot State Park offers 339 campsites, 3 camping cottages, 2 yurts, 10 modern cabins, and organized group camping. Reservations can be made 11 months in advance. Pets are permitted at specified campsites in the campground.

Detailed information on camping rules and regulations can be found at the Gifford Pinchot State Park Website.


Barred OwlWith 339 campsites at the southern end of the lake, this park provides one of the largest state park campgrounds in the Commonwealth. The campground opens on the second Friday in April and closes by the end of October. All sites have macadam pads and vary in size to accommodate virtually any piece of camping equipment from a large motor home to the smallest tent.

The campground has an accessible swimming beach, outdoor amphitheater, ADA-accessible campsites, hiking trails, boat launch and mooring area, sanitary dumping stations, staffed campground office, and bathhouses with flush toilets and showers.

Explore the CAMPGROUND MAP (pdf).


Camping Cottages

Three cottages sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring, electric lights and outlets. Nearby Bathhouse #7 provides toilets, showers, drinking water and a dishwashing station.


YurtsPhoto of Yurt

These Mongolian-style tents are round, on a wooden deck and sleep six people in single bunks and double/single bunks. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric lights, electric heat, outlets, fire ring, and picnic table. Nearby Bathhouse #7 provides toilets, showers, drinking water and a dishwashing station.



Ten modern cabins can be rented year-round. Cabins are furnished and have a living area, kitchen/dining area, toilet/shower room and two or three bedrooms. Renters provide their own bed linens, bathroom articles, kitchenware and eating utensils. Cabins also have boat mooring areas on the lakeshore. One cabin is ADA accessible.


Organized Group Tenting

The 50 sites, which can hold up to 250 people, are in the campground. This modern area is for scout, church or other organized groups that wish to camp together. Advance reservations are required.

Organized group tenting areas in Pennsylvania state parks can be reserved by calling toll-free, 888-PA-PARKS, Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. except state holidays. (It is open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.)

Free Camping for Campground Hosts

Positions available in the campground
The campground host site amenities include 30 or 50-amp electric service. Hosts are required to assist with maintaining restrooms, monitor traffic at the campground office, and assist park personnel for 40 hours a week with a four week minimum stay. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Phone: 717-432-5011

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