Kettle Creek State Park

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Kettle Creek State Park
Kettle Creek State Park vista.jpg
Kettle Creek Lake vista
at Kettle Creek State Park
Map showing the location of Kettle Creek State Park
Map showing the location of Kettle Creek State Park
Location of Kettle Creek State Park in Pennsylvania
LocationLeidy, Clinton, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates41°22′40″N 77°55′23″W / 41.37778°N 77.92306°W / 41.37778; -77.92306Coordinates: 41°22′40″N 77°55′23″W / 41.37778°N 77.92306°W / 41.37778; -77.92306
Area1,793 acres (7.26 km2)
Elevation1,115 ft (340 m)[1]
Named forKettle Creek
Governing bodyPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
WebsiteKettle Creek State Park

Kettle Creek State Park is a 1,793-acre (726 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Leidy Township, Clinton County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is in a valley and is surrounded by mountains and wilderness. It features the Alvin R. Bush Dam built in 1961 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control measure in the West Branch Susquehanna River basin. Many of the recreational facilities at the park were built during the Great Depression by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Kettle Creek State Park is seven miles (10 km) north of Westport and Pennsylvania Route 120. It is largely surrounded by Sproul State Forest.

Kettle Creek Reservoir[edit]

Alvin R. Bush Dam

Alvin R. Bush Dam on Kettle Creek is an earth and rockfill, flood control dam. It stands at a maximum height of 165 feet (50 m) above the stream bed and is 1,350 feet (410 m) across. The reservoir has a capacity of 75,000 acre feet (93,000,000 m3) at the spillway crest. It covers 167 acres (68 ha) and is 2.2 miles (3.5 km) long. Alvin R. Bush Dam controls about 226 square miles (590 km2) (92%) of the Kettle Creek drainage basin.[2]

Kettle Creek Reservoir is open to some recreational boating, fishing and ice fishing. Gas powered motors are prohibited on the reservoir. Motorized boats must be powered by electric motors only. Sailboats, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats are permitted on the waters of the lake. All boats must be properly registered with any state. The swimming area at the lake is on the northern end of the reservoir. Lifeguards are not provided.[2][3]


Elk can be seen quite often in the Kettle Creek State Park area.

Fishing and hunting[edit]

Kettle Creek Reservoir is a 167 acres (68 ha) and serves as a fishery for trout, bass, bullhead, sucker, and panfish. Kettle Creek and it tributaries are excellent cold water fisheries. The fishing quality in the areas down stream of the dam has been damaged by pollution from acid mine drainage.[3]

Most of Kettle Creek State Park is open to hunting. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The common game species are American black bears, eastern gray squirrels, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, elk, and wild turkey. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited.[3]

Bald eagles[edit]

Several bald eagles nest in the park area. On most days in the summer, it is not uncommon to see these animals patrol the waters for fish. It is a normal occurrence to see them soar over the lake and dive down to make a catch.


The trails of Kettle Creek State Park are open to hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking. There is a 22 miles (35 km) trail for horseback riding which begins and ends in the park and loops through Sproul State Forest. The mountain trail also loops through Sproul State Forest. It is 5 miles (8.0 km) long and, like the horse trail, begins and ends in the park. Kettle Creek State Park is a trail head for the 53 miles (85 km) Donut Hole Trail. There are several other short trails within the boundaries of the park.[3]

Camping and picnicking[edit]

There are two campgrounds at Kettle Creek State Park. One lacks water spigots and flush toilets. The Lower Campground has 44 sites all with electric hook-ups. The Upper Campground was 27 sites with 12 electric hook-ups.[3]

The picnic area has 50 picnic tables with charcoal grills and water spigots. Some picnic tables are sunny and some are shaded. The picnic area includes a softball field and volleyball court. A playground is also located near the picnic area.[3]

Nearby state parks[edit]

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Kettle Creek State Park:[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Kettle Creek State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 30, 1990. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  2. ^ a b "Alvin R. Bush Dam, Pennsylvania". United States Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Kettle Creek State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-11-26.
  4. ^ "Find a Park by Region (interactive map)". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  5. ^ 2007 General Highway Map Clinton County Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). 1:65,000. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. Retrieved 2007-07-27.[permanent dead link]Note: shows Kettle Creek State Park
  6. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved 2008-04-23.

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