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CHAPMAN STATE PARK BEACH SEASON DRAWS TO AN END

The summer may be winding down, but you can still cool off at Chapman Lake for a week. The beach at Chapman State Park will remain open for swimming through Sunday, September 7, 2013. Swimming hours are 8 a.m. to sunset. Chapman’s beach operates under the open swim policy, no life guards are on duty. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Parents, please watch your children. The concession, operated by BEI, will be open through Labor Day, Monday, September 1. In addition to food and snacks the concession offers canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals on a daily basis.

For more information, please contact the park office at (814) 723- 0250.

Fall Festival Weekend – October 3 – 4, 2014 – Join us for a fun filled weekend as we celebrate the fall festival of leaves.

The fourth annual Fall Festival will be held at Chapman State Park October 3 -4 with activities for all ages. The festival will kick off Friday night with “Geo-Caching at Night.” Participants are asked to meet at the Amphitheater at 7:00 pm and to bring a flashlight. A limited supply of GPS units will be available for use during the program.

Activities will be held from 12:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday at the beach and Pavilion #2. This year we are welcoming several new additions to the festival. They include “Drop Spindle Basics”, “My Wee Rv”, “Astronomy”, “Bird Watching”, “Primitive Fire”, “Friends of Allegheny Wilderness” and “PA Firefly Festival Partnership.” Canoes and kayaks will be available to try out in the lake. All boats will be located on the beach. The Jammers, a group of local musicians, will be playing acoustic, traditional folk music in Pavilion 2. Master Blacksmith, Leon Briggs, will be demonstrating the art of blacksmithing with items on hand for purchase.

Favorites from last year will also be returning. Apple cider, Dutch oven, homemade ice cream and garbage can corn demonstrations with samples available. The Warren County Conservation District will be presenting “Macros of Chapman” at the Beach. Be prepared to get your feet wet as you search for life in the lake. The Bureau of Forestry will be conducting a “Leaf Printing” program. Learn about fall leaves and then make a leaf print to take home. Stop by the lumbering demonstration to learn about the history in this area.

A “Chapman Information” table will be available from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. A list of all activities for the festival, will be available along with Winterfest, hiking and camping information. Stop by and chat with the campground hosts as they will be able to answer all kinds of questions.

The concession will be open from 12-4 pm. The boy scouts will be selling food and drinks.

The fall festival will conclude with a “Night Sky Watch” presented by Tom Traub, Project Director for the Martz Observatory. We’ll be trying out the park’s telescope to discover where and when to look for meteor showers, planets and deep sky objects. If you have a telescope gathering dust, bring it out and get some tips on using it from an expert. The program begins at 6:30 pm at the Beach. Please bring a chair or blanket and a flashlight.

All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the park naturalist at (814) 723-0259.
Friday, October 3, 2014
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Geo-caching at Night – Amphitheater

Saturday, October 4, 2014
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Fall Festival – Beach
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Night Sky Watch – Beach

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Explore Chapman State Park by Canoe and Kayak – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Enjoy the fall leaves by boat during the last canoe/kayak program of the season. Meet at the Beach Concession Stand for a short lesson on basic boating safety and then take a canoe/kayak tour on the lake and creek. Pre-Registration is required as canoes and kayaks are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must still register. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at 814-723-0250 by Friday, October 10, 2014.

Sunday October 26, 2014
Sasquatch Race 5K Trail Run/ Walk – Sasquatch Race Registration Form 2014 – Starting Line at the Boat Launch Warming Hut.
Registration 7:00 AM.
Race at 8:30 AM.
Early Registration $15.00 (received by 10/10/14)
Late Registration $20.00. Long Sleeve Commemorative Shirt Shirt Not Guaranteed
Prizes for:
Top 3 Overall Male and Female Runners.
Top 3 Male & Female in each of the following age groups 11 & under / 12 – 15 / 16 – 19 / 20 – 24 / 25 – 29 / 30 – 34 / 35 – 39 / 40 – 44 / 45 – 49 / 50 – 59 / 60 & over
Top 3 Overall Walkers

Every Sunday – 10:00 am – Non-Denominational Chapel Service held in the Amphitheater (Pavilion 4, in case of rain.)

CONCESSION STAND (boat rentals/snacks/ice/firewood, etc.)
There is currently no vendor for the concession stand.

 

Have a comment, suggestion, or a program you’d like to see? Email the naturalist! ChapmanEE@pa.gov

Unless otherwise noted all programs are free of charge.
For more information, contact the park naturalist, Jen Moore, at (814) 723-0250

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Warren County Winterfest will be held from January 18 – 20, 2014. From the Winterfest website

Warren County Winterfest is the largest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Held at Chapman State Park in late January of each year, our event features a variety of Winter outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Winterfest kicks off on Friday morning with the mid-distance sled dog race, part of the Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Races at Chapman State Park. The “Meet the Musher” supper will be held Friday afternoon at nearby Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club.

On Saturday morning, Chapman State Park begins a long slate of activities, starting with Lobdell sled dog races, ice fishing and skiing. There will be  a whole host of events, vendors and refreshments under the Big Tent. The Canine Weight Pull starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. National-champion weight pulling dogs compete between Pavilion #1 and Pavilion #2. The Sled Riding Hill will see the return of the Sled Racing Competition and the Cardboard Box Derby, managed by Warren Y.M.C.A.

Tobaggan Races will return to the Sled Riding Hill on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., there will be the first-ever Outhouse Race Demo at the base of the Sled Riding Hill.

The Patrick Shine Memorial Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. Plungers register prior to the event, each donating to benefit the Salvation Army’s Warren citadel.

The Allegheny National Forest Snowmobile Loop passes through Chapman State Park. Snowmobilers riding the four-county Loop are welcome to stop at the park and enjoy Winterfest. Snowmobile dealers will return to this year’s event with a display and demo rides right on the trail.

In 2012, the Park opened an all-new dedicated Ice Skating Rink. The rink is behind the Environmental Learning Center (Old Park Office) as you enter the Park. Ice Skates will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., the Warren Champions on Ice will give a figure skating presentation. A “Learn to Skate” program will be presented after the Champions on Ice presentation on Saturday afternoon. Another “Learn to Skate” session will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See our Schedule page for details.

There will be a Geocaching Seminar in the Environmental Learning Center on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and Kinzua Cachers will hold a Geomeet /Geocaching Game in Yurt #1 in the Park Campground from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.

If you have questions on the events or you want to find a place to stay overnight, please call the Chapman State Park office at (814) 723 – 0250. Once you arrive at the Park for Winterfest, you can ask the Fire Police for instructions or visit the information booth at the Big Tent.

See you at Winterfest!

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Winter has arrived! With any luck, Chapman State Park will be a busy place for outdoor enthusiasts this snowy winter season. With many winter related activities, Chapman State Park is a great place to come enjoy a cold winter day! Winter activities available at the park when conditions permit include: a sledding hill and warming hut, lighted nightly until 10 pm, an ice skating rink lighted nightly until 9pm, groomed cross country ski trails, access to the ANF snowmobile trail system, and ice fishing to name a few of the more popular activities.

New this year, will be a guided cross country ski tour on the first day of 2014. Start your new year off right, get a great start on that resolution to stay active and enjoy your local State Park! The ski will be held regardless of weather (bring your boots if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate). Meet at 10 am on January 1st at the parking lot near the dam. DCNR Conservation volunteers will be onsite to greet you and lead the way.

For more information on this, other events, and to check on snow/ice conditions please visit our website at dcnr.state.pa.us.

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The summer may be winding down, but you can still cool off at Chapman Lake for a few more weeks. The beach at Chapman State Park will remain open for swimming through Sunday, September 8, 2013. Swimming hours are 8 a.m. to sunset. Chapman’s beach operates under the open swim policy, no life guards are on duty. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Parents, please watch your children. The concession, operated by BEI, will be open through Labor Day, September 2. In addition to food and snacks the concession offers canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals on a daily basis.

For more information, please contact the park office at (814) 723- 0250.

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Chapman State Park will be open to Canada goose hunting again this year, beginning September 3, 2013. Although the statewide Canada goose season begins September 2, goose hunting will not be allowed at the park until after Labor Day to avoid user conflict on the lake and beach areas. Areas open for this season include the entire lake and immediate surrounding areas. Hunters are encouraged tocanadagoose be especially mindful of non-hunting visitors and refrain from hunting in areas being used for other activities. For safety, non-hunting visitors are encouraged to wear blaze orange in all areas of the park during hunting seasons.

In addition to being open for the September Canada goose season (9/3-9/25), the lake and lake shore will also be open to goose hunting during other upcoming Canada goose season dates. According to Park Manager James McCorkle, “We are continuing our efforts to provide more hunting opportunities in the Park, similar to the past 2 years, and hope that the local hunters take advantage of it. The Canada goose hunting provides expanded opportunities for hunters that didn’t exist several years ago and also helps us effectively manage our goose population here.” Please consult the PA Game Commission for seasons and bag limits. Hunters are encouraged to contact the park office at 814-723-0250 for additional information or questions.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Trail Work Day: Volunteers Appreciated!

If you’re a hiker or skier you know that great trails help make great parks. Trails just don’t happen though, and many parks rely on volunteers to keep trails open. Penny Run Trail needs some improvements before cross country skiing season begins. Over the years parts of the trail have begun to collect water and become saturated so it needs to be cleared and drained. Join the park naturalist to get outdoors, get dirty and get that water off the trail! Please bring a lunch, work gloves, shovels and rakes. Meet at the Park Office.

Jamestown Community College Evening Wildlife Series
Chapman State Park with JCC Warren
All classes held from 6 – 8pm at the Park
Register at 814-723-3577

Build Your Own Bat House – October 30
Learn about the decline of PA’s bats and how putting up bat boxes can be beneficial. Join us to build your own bat box during this hands on-class.

Backyard Bird Habitat – November 6
Explore the fundamentals for creating a bird habitat in your own backyard. Learn about the birds that stick around for winter and make a bird feeder to take home.

Fishing Clinic— November 13
Learn about the types of fish that live in Chapman Lake and hopefully catch a few. Bait and poles will be provided. No fishing license required during the program. Participants will receive a bag of fishing information.

Chapman State Park

chapmanWith the summer season approaching, your local State Parks are gearing up for another great season of fun. Chapman State Park’s swimming beach will officially open to the public Saturday May 25, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Swimming hours are 8 a.m. to sunset. In addition to the beach opening, our concessionaire, BEI, will be opening Friday May, 24th at 1 pm. The concession provides canoes, kayaks and paddle boats for rent as well as food, snacks and firewood for sale. Contact BEI or the park office for concession hours.

For more information, please contact the park office at (814) 723-0250.

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When: April 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Meet: Environmental Learning Center

Join the park naturalist for one of Pennsylvania’s most spectacular spring moments, when the male American Woodcock takes to the sky in one of the most bizarre mating rituals you will ever see! Bring binoculars and a flashlight.

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chapmanEarth Day – Saturday, April 20, 2013:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – “UP-CYCLED POTS” – Make a seed pot out of recyclable materials and watch your creation fill with blooms at home! Collect different kinds of seeds from the woods; find out where they came from and what they could become. All supplies will be provided. Meet at Pavilion #2. Fireplace will be lit in case of cold weather. Meet at Pavilion #2.
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – “ALIEN INVADERS” – We need your help to scan the Lowland’s Trail, Organized Group Tenting and Sledding Hill Areas for non-native, invasive species! Meet at the warming hut to help us remove these unwanted park inhabitants. Bring work gloves and tree trimming tools. The park has a limited supply of gloves and tools available for use. Meet at Warming Hut.

Upcoming Events

May 25 – “Night Sky Watch with Tom Traub”. Meet at the beach.
May 26 – Canoe Chapman
May 27 – Fish for Free Day
May 27 – Bird Banding
May 27 – Family Fishing Program

June 1 – “Women’s Outdoor Workshops” at 8:00 AM. Meet at Chapman State Park. Registration deadline is May 24, 2013. Presented by the Northern Allegheny Outdoor Women’s Association. For more information contact Jessica Arnold at (814) 436-1048.

July 6 – “The Elusive Bobcat with Dave Donachy” at 8:00 PM. Meet at Amphitheater.

August 24 – “Night Sky Watch with Tom Traub”. Meet at the beach.

October 4-5 – “The 3rd Annual Fall Festival” at the Beach.

CLARENDON – The Chapman State Park campground will officially open for the 2013 camping season beginning Monday, April 8 to accommodate trout fishermen. The April 8 opening includes all campsites in the lower loop, camping cottages and yurts. Select sites in the lower loop are now open to pets. Camping Cottage #1 will be open to dogs again this season. Upper loop campsites will open May 17, 2013.

Reservations can be made online and through the PA State Parks call center up to 11 months in advance, or at the park office the day of arrival. Facilities available for reservations include campsites, camping cottages, yurts, organized group tenting area, pavilions and amphitheatre.

Chapman’s campground is a beautiful wooded site and consists of three camping cottages, two yurts and 82 campsites that vary from secluded tent only sites to 100 foot camping spurs with 50 amp electric hook-ups.

To make a reservation or for more information on any of Pennsylvania’s other state parks, contact the Pennsylvania State Parks Reservation System at 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757) between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or visit us online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

Chapman State Park will be open to Canada Goose hunting beginning September 4, 2012. Although early Canada goose season begins September 1, goose hunting will not be allowed at the park until after Labor Day to avoid user conflict on the lake and beach areas. Areas open for this season include the entire lake and immediate surrounding areas. Hunters are encouraged to be especially mindful of non-hunting visitors and refrain from hunting in areas being used for other activities. For safety, non-hunting visitors are encouraged to wear blaze orange in all areas of the park during hunting seasons.

In addition to being open for the September Canada Goose Season (9/4-9/25), the lake and lake shore will also be open to goose hunting during the other upcoming Canada goose season dates. According to Park Manager James McCorkle, “We are continuing our efforts to provide more hunting opportunities in the Park, similar to last year, and hope that the local hunters take advantage of it.” Please consult the PA Game Commission for seasons and bag limits. Hunters are encouraged to contact the park office at 814-723-0250 for additional information or questions.

For more information, please contact the park office at (814) 723-0250.

NO SCHEDULED EVENTS – SEE YOU IN THE SPRING!

CHAPMAN STATE PARK BEACH & CONCESSION STAND ARE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

All Chapman State Park programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice), 717-558-2710 (local or international voice), or 711 (AT&T Relay Services). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

For more information on Chapman State Park or any of Pennsylvania’s other state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; or visit DCNR’s website: www.dcnr.state.pa.us (Select Parks).