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Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Free programs and activities are being offered at Hills Creek and Cherry Springs state parks.

At Hills Creek

WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. Most programs will be in the park's Nature Center area located in the campground between B and C loop.

July 4 is Fish-for-Free Day
On Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. is Fish-for-Free Day for residents and non-residents at Hills Creek Lake. No one needs a fishing license. All other fishing regulations still apply. Tackle will be available by request throughout the day. No registration is required.

Fishing, Filleting Demo
A special two-hour free Family Fishing & Filleting program will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4 in the beach area. Families can find out how to get more out of fishing by learning about habitats, bait, tackle, fishing knots and different equipment to add to anglers' enjoyment and success. That will be followed near the park concession stand around 10:30 a.m. by a 30-minute filleting demonstration, including a sampling of cooked, freshly caught fish. Registration is required. Register by stopping at the park office or calling.

Free Tackle Available
Visitors to Hills Creek State Park are invited to take advantage of the free Tackle Loaner program sponsored by the PA Fish and Boat Commission and the park. Sign-out a pole and tackle anytime from 8 a.m. to noon at either the park concession near the beach or at the campground host (site #6) in the campground. Gear can be returned anytime afterwards until sunset at the concession. Bait will be available for a small cost. Inquire about signing-out free equipment at other times by contacting the park office.

Timber Rattlesnakes
On Friday, July 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the park's Nature Center area, retired biology teacher Allan Puskar will give a one-hour program about Pennsylvania's largest venomous reptile. Using live rattlesnakes and other artifacts, he will provide factual information about this often, misunderstood reptile.

Canoe Tour 
Explore the wildlife of Hills Creek Lake via canoe while learning about their history and management during a free two-hour canoe tour on Saturday, July 8 from 6-8 p.m. Be at the beach area at 5:30 p.m. All equipment will be provided but canoes will be first come, first served. Participants should be physically able to paddle a canoe over flat water for short distances. Those who wish can use their own canoes. Pre-registration is required. To participate, pre-register at the park office in person or call 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Bats on the Brink 
On Saturday, July 8 as darkness falls at 9 p.m. at the Nature Center, learn about the many benefits of bats, the very real threat they face today, and what you can do to help. As the conclusion of this one-hour free program, watch the park bats emerge for their evening meal of mosquitoes and other insects.

Bears of Pennsylvania 
Learn how to peacefully coexist with black bears in the event of an encounter as this is the height of the breeding season and there is a large bear population in this area. This free one-hour program will be on Sunday, July 9 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the park's Nature Center.

To Register
Information about Hills Creek programs is available online at Have questions? Call the park office at 570-724-4246.

At Cherry Springs

COUDERSPORT—Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44.

All visitors who plan to view the night skies are asked to arrive at the park before dark. People may observe on their own and do not have to attend a stargazing program. If it rains, thunders or is cloudy, all programs will be cancelled.

Check for 48-hour cloud cover forecasts and viewing conditions or call (814) 435-1037 and select Option #5.

Family Astronomy is June 30 & July 3 
In the Night Sky Viewing Area at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 30 and Monday July 3, experience the dark night skies of Cherry Springs State Park during this family friendly astronomy program. Join park staff for a short discussion followed by activities for families and young children who do not want to stay up late. Pre-registration is required to attend.

From 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30, Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3 in the Night Sky Viewing Area, take a one-hour journey to the moon to explore its diverse landscape from highlands to volcanic plains and discover where lunar landings took place. On Saturday, July 8, this free Lunar Viewing program will be one and a half hours in length starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for those who want to use the park's telescopes. Those who don't can hear the presentation by park staff without pre-registering.

To Register 

Online registration for stargazing programs is required. Visit If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these free programs, call (814) 435-1037 or (814) 435-5010.

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