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Shawnee State Park - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: July 2002
Nearest City: Bedford, PA
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: fairwinds10


Shawnee Lake is located with in Shawnee State Park. It's a nice and easy 4-5 hour paddle on a lake with no powerboats, only electric motors are allowed so there are a few fishermen with those. I did see a fellow pull out a very nice pike. The lake is 451 acres, it has an unusual configuration as it is in three separate areas but you can paddle from one to another. It also has marshes with cattails, bays and coves with water lilies and two islands. We also saw plenty of waterfowl, blue herons and even a couple of mink at the waters edge. It's very nice for an afternoon paddle. We did pass a couple of other fellow canoers and kayakers enjoying the day.


Camping is available in the park if you wanted to overnight.


Launch permit or PA boat registration.


Shawnee is located about 90 miles east of Pittsburgh or 10 miles west of Bedford along Rt.30, the Lincoln Highway.


Shawnee State Park
132 State Park Road
Schellsburg, PA 15559-7300
PH 814-733-4218


Pick up a park map at the park office. The map will help your paddling strategy for the lake.

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