Clarion River Campsites

Area Status: Open
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Clarion River

These developed dispersed campsites stretch from Irwin Run to Millstone Creek along the Clarion Wild & Scenic River, accessible by River Road and FR 132. Camping includes 17 sites along the Clarion River and 9 sites on Millstone Creek from Clarion River to FR 789 below Loleta Campground.

There is hardened parking at each numbered site and a rock fire ring. Information signs are located at Irwin Run Canoe Launch, Robin Island, and Millstone Canoe Launch. Vault toilet at Irwin Run, Robin Island, and Millstone Creek. No other facilities. Camping permitted at numbered sites only.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day
Fees No fee
Permit Info: No permit required
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Allegheny National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forest. Applicable Orders for this Site:
  • Camping Along Roads and Waterways
  • Boating Regulations
Closest Towns: Ridgway, PA
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Marienville Ranger District
Address: 131 Smokey Lane Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: 1-814-927-6628 Email: sm.fs.anf@usda.gov  

General Information

Directions:

From Ridgway, travel west on West Main Street out of town. Past the town limits, West Main Street becomes Laurel Mill Road on some maps or Spring Creek Road on others. Continue past the village of Arroyo and go down the long hill to the old town site of Irwin. Laurel Mill/Spring Creek Road becomes River Road. Site 17 is a walk-in site upstream of Irwin Run Canoe Launch; stay on River Road to access the other sites along the river and turn up FR 132 at Millstone (heading uphill away from the Clarion River) to access sites along Millstone Creek. Use care in driving the road and watch for bikes and people crossing from campsites to the river.


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Campground Camping

Camping includes 17 sites along the Clarion River and 9 sites on Millstone Creek from Clarion River to FR 789 below Loleta Campground. Camping allowed at numbered sites only.

There is hardened parking at each numbered site and a rock fire ring. No other facilities are provided. There are vault toilets are available at Irwin Run, Robin Island, and Millstone Creek.

Information signs are located at Irwin Run Canoe Launch, Robin Island, and Millstone Canoe Launch.

 

Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
No. of Sites
  • Single: 26
No. of Accessible sitesNo
Sleeping ShelterNo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is permitted on designated sites only in this area.

Occupancy and Use:

  • Sites are first-come, first-served.
  • Sites cannot be “reserved” by leaving equipment on the site.
  • All sites must be occupied the first night and in each 24 hour period afterwards.
  • Sites may be occupied for 14 days in a 30-day period. After 14 days, visitors must leave the Allegheny National Forest until the 30th day has passed.
  • No more than 8 people per site.

Campfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving. Please keep to only one fire ring per site. Wood that is dead and down on the ground is available for use at the site. Standing dead trees should be left for wildlife habitat. Wood cannot be taken from the site without a firewood permit. Please do not bring wood from home – wood from outside the 4-county National Forest area is not permitted, to prevent the spread of insects and forest diseases. Do not chop or saw on live trees.

Sanitation

  • All trash must be packed out.
  • Do not place in fire ring to burn.
  • Partially burned trash attracts wildlife and may make the site hazardous to future campers.

Vault toilets exist at Irwin Run, Robin Island, and Millstone. Please use these facilities instead of typical dispersed camping methods such as catholes. Please help protect sensitive river resources. Self-contained portable toilets can be used but waste must be carried away to an approved dump station.

Parking: Vehicles may not be driven more than 50 feet from a hard road. Please park on the spur provided if one exists.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.36

  Longitude : 
-79.047222

 



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