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
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