McCalls Dam State Park

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McCalls Dam State Park
White Deer Creek.jpg
White Deer Creek in McCalls Dam State Park
Map showing the location of McCalls Dam State Park
Map showing the location of McCalls Dam State Park
Location of McCalls Dam State Park in Pennsylvania
LocationMiles, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates41°01′01″N 77°10′57″W / 41.01694°N 77.18250°W / 41.01694; -77.18250Coordinates: 41°01′01″N 77°10′57″W / 41.01694°N 77.18250°W / 41.01694; -77.18250
Area8 acres (3.2 ha)
Elevation1,388 ft (423 m)[1]
Named forJohnny McCall
Governing bodyPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
WebsiteMcCalls Dam State Park

McCalls Dam State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 8 acres (3.2 ha) in Miles Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is in the easternmost tip of Centre County, south of Clinton County and north of Union County. McCalls Dam State Park is in a remote location on a gravel road between R. B. Winter State Park on Pennsylvania Route 192 and Eastville on Pennsylvania Route 880. The park can only be accessed in the winter months by snowmobiling or cross-country skiing.[2]

McCalls Dam State Park has a small camping area and a small picnic area with a few tables and charcoal grills. There are no modern restroom facilities at the park and visitors are asked to carry out all trash as there is no trash pick up at the park.[2]

The park is named for the splash dam that Johnny McCall built on White Deer Creek in 1850. He used the waters that flowed from the dam to power a sawmill. Sixteen years later the dam was rebuilt to provide water for a series of splash dams that were used to float white pine logs to the sawmills on the West Branch Susquehanna River at Watsontown. The park's facilities were originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1933. The mill and dam are long since gone, but they are remembered along with Johnny McCall in the name of McCalls Dam State Park.[2]

Nearby state parks[edit]

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of McCalls Dam State Park:[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "McCalls Dam State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 2, 1979. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  2. ^ a b c "McCalls Dam State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-11-21.
  3. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  4. ^ "2007 General Highway Map Centre 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 McCalls State Park
  5. ^ "Find a Park by Region (interactive map)". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 18, 2011.

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