Twin Lakes Recreation Area

  

This very busy recreation area is located south of Kane, PA off of State Route 321. Facilities include: family campsites (some include electric hookups), double campsites and group tent campsites with pavilions. Other facilities include both flush and vault toilets, hot water showers, both pressurized and pump water systems, trailer dump stations, paved paths and roadways and playgrounds. The day use area includes a swimming beach, bathhouse, picnic tables, pavilion, playground, walking trail around the lake and fishng piers. Campsite reservations are accepted (1-877-444-NRRS, or the website at http://www.recreation.gov). First come, first serve sites are also available. Amentities such as firewood, ice, interpretive services and 24-hour campground attendents are offered at the site. Twin Lakes was once the site of factory buildings, stores and row houses owned by the McKean Chemical Company which made wood alcohol. A company splash dam, used to augment water levels for the chemical plant downstream once occupied the site of today's dam. When McKean Chemical Company closed in the 1920s, the USDA Forest Service acquired the propoerty. In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the present dam on Hoffman Run, creating the swimming impoundment. They built the lower campground, picnic area, pavilion and bathhouse. The "twin" impoundment was never built, as money planned for its construction was diverted to build Loleta Recreation Area near Marienville, PA. View/Print Site Brochure

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Daylight hours (Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am)
Fees $21.00/site daily camping (electric hookup) fee; $16.00/site daily camping (regular site) fee, $32.00/site camping (double campsite) fee; $50.00/site daily camping/day use (group site) fee.
Permit Info: $21.00/site daily camping (electric hookup) fee; $16.00/site daily camping (regular site) fee, $32.00/site camping (double campsite) fee; $50.00/site daily camping/day use (group site) fee.
Open Season: April - October
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: A railroad underpass located on the entrance road (Forest Road 191) prevents vehicles taller than 10 foot clearance to pass. Small campsites prevents vehicles longer than 28 feet. No winter maintenance. No winter maintenance. Permissible length of stay is fourteen (14) days. Leaving your campsite unoccupied during the first night after equipment has been set up, or leaving equipment for more than 24 hours thereafter, is prohibited. Quiet time is from 10:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. Check out time is 2:00 p.m. Camping fees must be paid by 2:00 p.m. Don't forget to put your site number and your license plate number on your fee envelope. Campsites should not be used by more than eight persons. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring or grill, and accommodates a tent, and parking for two vehicles and a wheeled camping unit . Additional vehicles will be charged a $5.00/day/vehicle fee, and must park in public parking areas. Other recreation equipment associated with a campsite (boats, trailers, jet skis, motorcycles) are not charged. Park all vehicles on the campsite spur, not on the grass. Weapons, firearms, and fireworks (fireworks are illegal in Pennsylvania) must not be discharged in the area. Waste material from trailers must be deposited at a dump station. Please place trash in the provided receptacles. Campfire permits are not required for camping in undeveloped areas. We ask that all campers build a safe fireplace, keep a clean camp, and make sure fires are fully extinguished before leaving camp. Please build fires only in designated fireplaces. Dead material, on the ground, may be used for fires, but living trees, shrubs, and plants must not be cut or damaged. A burning ban may be declared at certain times of the year, depending on weather and fuel conditions. At these times, campfires will be banned on the Forest. Please check with the Allegheny National Forest about burn bans during periods of extended dry weather.It is illegal to put nails, hooks, wire, tacks, and other foreign materials in trees and facility structures. These can damage trees and structures, become safety hazards, and are unsightly. Use lantern hooks, if provided, to hang lamps and tie out pets with removable stakes. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are permitted subject to rules of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Do not blaze, hang flagging, or apply reflective tape or tacks to mark your route. Salt blocks, bait stations, and permanent tree stands or blinds are not permitted. Do not hunt within the safety zone around the developed areas. Remember to wear bright fluorescent-colored clothing if hiking and/or camping during hunting seasons, since these areas are popular with hunters. Pets must be kept on a leash, and are not allowed on beaches or in the water. No camping is allowed in picnic areas. If latrines are needed, please keep them at least 200 feet from a water source. All water that does not come from a developed recreation area should be filtered or boiled before use. Pump water from a developed recreation area is tested regularly and is safe for drinking
Closest Towns: Kane, PA
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Concessionaire - new spring 2009

General Information

Directions: Twin Lakes is located eight miles southeast of Kane, PA. Take State Route 321 from Kane, turn right onto Forest Road 191.

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

We recommend RVs or trailers not longer than 28 feet or taller than 10 feet use this area due to small-sized campsites and a railroad underpass with a 10 foot clearance located on the entrance road. Twin Lakes offers 50 family campsites. Each site contains a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. Electricity is available at some sites. Other facilities include modern toilets, hot showers, pressurized water fountains, hand pumps, trailer dump station, and playgrounds. Firewood may be obtained from dead and down trees. Two group camping areas limited to 50 people or less are also available. The day use area includes a swimmimg beach, bathhouse, picnic tables, pavillions, playground, trail around lake, and fishing piers. All facilities are universally accessible.
Sleeping ShelterNo
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
Reservation Info877-444-6777
No. of Sites48

RV Camping

Accessible picnic tables, swimming beach and pavilions.
Hookup - WaterNo
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
Reservation Info877-444-6777
No. of Sites48
Size RestrictionsRVs 28 feet long x 10 feet h max
Vehicle Clearance10 feet high
Hookups - Electricsome
Dump StationsYes
Pavement Type for Parkinghardened
Hookup - SewerNo

Group Camping

We recommend RVs or trailers not longer than 28 feet or taller than 10 feet use this area due to small-sized campsites and a railroad underpass with a 10 foot clearance located on the entrance road. Twin Lakes offers 50 family campsites. Each site contains a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. Electricity is available at some sites. Other facilities include modern toilets, hot showers, pressurized water fountains, hand pumps, trailer dump station, and playgrounds. Firewood may be obtained from dead and down trees. Two group camping areas limited to 50 people or less are also available. The day use area includes a swimmimg beach, bathhouse, picnic tables, pavillions, playground, trail around lake, and fishing piers. All facilities are universally accessible.
Sleeping ShelterNo
Fire InformationFirewood may be obtained from dead and down trees. Do not bring firewood from home to the Allegheny National Forest. Do not unwittingly spread the emerald ash borer, sirex wood wasp, hemlock woolly adelgid or other firewood borne invasive species. Possession of firewood from outside the area of the Allegheny National Forest is prohibited. Firewood is available at or near camping facilities.
Reservation Info877-444-6777
Group ShelterYes, pavilions are reservable.
No. of Sites2 group sites
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
No. of Accessible sitesAll facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.
Hookups - ElectricYes

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