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    Pennsylvania Angler & Boater  •  November-December 2007

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Pymatuning

State Park

by Valerie Pettigrew Tarkowski

(article continued on page 52)

What’s so big about Pymatuning State 

Park?  Everything!  With 21,122 acres, 

Pymatuning State Park is the big-

gest state park in Pennsylvania.  Add 

to that the 17,088-acre lake and you 

have the biggest lake in the Common-

wealth as well.  Because of those two 

big things, it’s one of the top two state 

parks with the largest attendance—3.2 

to 3.5 million visitors every year.

It is a shallow lake, 10 feet deep on 

average with 30 feet at its deepest.  The 

shallowest parts are in the north end 

of the lake with the south end having 

the deeper sections.  It shares shore-

line and water with the state of Ohio.

Because the lake straddles Penn-

sylvania and Ohio, when fi shing from 

a boat, either license is acceptable no 

matter which state you are in on the 

water.  However, when fi shing  from 

shore you must possess the fi shing 

license for the state whose shore you 

are fi shing on.  You can purchase your 

fi shing license at the Linesville State 

Fish Hatchery visitor center or at one 

of the other fi shing license agents in 

the area.  Check the Fish & Boat Com-

mission web site, www.fi sh.state.

pa.us, for a list of agents.  With over 70 

miles of shoreline to fi sh, Pymatuning 

State Park has a spot for everyone.

Pymatuning Lake is a warmwater 

lake with plentiful walleyes, muskel-

lunge, crappies and bass.  More than 

50 fi shing tournaments are held on the 

lake each year.  Over the past several 

years the park has made good use of 

the Fish & Boat Commission Adopt-

a-Lake program with the help of the 

Pymatuning Lake Association, other 

volunteers, and the Ohio Division of 

Wildlife.  Each year habitat structure is 

placed in the lake to give fry, young-of-

the-year fi sh, and other small fi sh plac-

es to feed and hide.  This year 100 por-

cupine cribs were placed in two areas 

on the lake along with a rubble reef.

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Pymatuning Lake is a warmwater 

lake with plentiful walleyes, mus-

kellunge, crappies and bass.

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To Greenville, 7 Mi.

See

Enlargement

Stockers Is.

To Meadville &,

I-79, 9 Mi .

To Conneaut Lake, 3 Mi.

To Meadville &, I-79, 9 Mi.

To Conneaut Lake, 4 Mi.

To Meadville &, I-79, 10 Mi.

Whaley Is.

Glenn Is.

Ford Is.

Harris Is.

PA GAME


COMMISSION

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Map courtesy of the Pennsylvania

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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A combined effort by the Fish & 

Boat Commission and Ohio Depart-

ment of Wildlife resulted in over 16 

million walleye fry stocked in the lake 

during 2007.  The lake also received an 

additional stocking of 78,699 advance 

walleye fry.  Pymatuning is scheduled 

to receive a stocking of 5,000 muskel-

lunge fi ngerlings later in the year.

There are more than 40 boat moor-

ing areas throughout the lake.  Many 

spots have waiting lists, though, so 

check with the park if you are inter-

ested in a mooring site.  In addition to 

those areas there are 11 boat launches 

and three marinas with boat rentals.

Motorboats must display a regis-

tration from any state.  Non-pow-

ered boats must display one of the 

following:  Registration from any 

state, launch or mooring permit from 

Pennsylvania State Parks, or a launch 

permit from the Pennsylvania Fish & 

Boat Commission.

Boaters are limited to motors with 

a 10 horsepower maximum.  This 

makes the lake a great place for visi-

tors who enjoy kayaking and canoe-

ing along its 70 shoreline miles.  The 

many islands and beautiful backwa-

ter areas, like Black Jack Swamp, are 

great for paddlers who love to explore.  

There’s always something new to see.

The Linesville State Fish Hatchery 

visitor center is on the north end of 

the park near Linesville on Hartstown 

Road.  Be sure to stop by and see the 

native fi sh in the 10,000-gallon view-

ing tank.  Visitors can go downstairs 

to a platform in the hatch house 

where the walleyes, 

muskies, catfi sh, 

steelhead and many 

other fi sh species are 

raised for stocking.  

There are also small 

habitat centers up-

stairs with frogs and 

toads living in them, 

state-record fi sh 

mounts and replicas 

on the walls, and so 

much more.  Walk 

the grounds, read 

the interpretation 

signs and enjoy the 

sanctuary area.  It 

encompasses 2,500 

acres of land and 

water that are closed 

to all recreational 

activities.  Hatch-

ery visitor center 

hours are 8 a.m. to 

3:30 p.m. Monday 

through Friday and 

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday 

and Sunday.  The visitor center 

is open every day year-round.

Just down the road from 

the hatchery is the PA Game 

Commission’s wildlife learn-

ing center with information on 

anything with fur or feathers.

Farther down Hartstown 

Road, heading south toward 

Jamestown, is the famous spill-

way “where the ducks walk on 

the fi sh.”  The spillway under-

went major renovations last 

year and was closed for those 

upgrades.  After the $3 million 

improvements were complete, 

it reopened in May 2007.

For more information contact:

Pymatuning State Park

2660 Williamsfi eld Road

Jamestown, PA 16134

phone 724-932-3142

(fax) 724-932-3724

web:  www.visitPAparks.com



email:  pymatuningsp@state.pa.us 

With over 70 miles of shoreline to 

fi sh, Pymatuning State Park has a 

spot for everyone.  

Pymatuning’s 17,088 acres offer great warmwater fi sh-

ing.  There are also 11 boat accesses and three marinas.

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