The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on May 21, 1981 · Page 24
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The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania · Page 24

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, May 21, 1981
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PAGE 4 - THE DAILY NEWS, Huntingdon, Mount Union and Soxton, Po., May 2 j, 1981 IPPLE DAM STATE PARK HUNTINGDON BOUNTY HIPPLE DAM e i ROTHROCK STATE FOREST LAND DIST.NO.S PRIVATE LANDS TO BOALSBURG 16km (10 mi:) IRT TO PA. 26 I km (1/2 mi) ROTHROCK -..STATE FOREST LAND j DIST.NO.S Whipple- Dam'State- Park Is Popular If you stop at popular ^Whipple Dam State Park just off Route 26 north of McAlevys Fort on a hot summer day when the beach is filled with bathers and the many " summer bounty it would be hard for the casual visitor to picture the- beginning of this outdoor mecca. The park is named for the Whipple family who at one time operated a sawmill at the site of the old dam. The original Whipple's Dam -'was located several hundred meters'downstream and was constructed of log cribbing filled with rocks. In 1927 a survey was taken by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of determining the costs of repairs to the old dam. As a result of the survey it was determined to construct a new dam upstream at a better location. The new dam was constructed in 1928 but only provided a shallow pool of water so in 1936 the Civilian Conservation Corps built the present dam and developed the recreation facilities of the park. The park itself contains 99 acres and provides a variety of recreational opportunities. For pic* nicking there are 270 tables and three large shelters- and latrines and deep' wells with, pumps are located throughout the picnic area. The 22 acre lake formed by the dam permits non powered the powered boats. The proper permits are required for boating on the lake. . One of the key features of the park is a 570 foot guarded beach that is opened from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day' unless posted otherwise and a dressing stockade is provided. Whipple Dam is always a popular spot for trout anglers in the district and also has a few bass and pickeral. Located upstream from the lake itself is" the Laurel Run Natural Area and all visitors are urged to enjoy the area but to leave it as they find it so that the new visitors can have full enjoyment. Hunters find that •.Whipple Dam State Park is a good location to launch their day of hunting because state game lands are adjacent and part of the park is also open for hunting. Activities at Whipples do not stop when the weather turns cold because it offers ice fishing, ice skating and a snow mobile trailhead, Snowmobilers may use the parking lots, comfort stations and picnic tables before' riding on-Mie state LEGEND PARKING BEACH PICNIC AREA . PHONE Q3 FOOD CONCESSION WELLS (DRINKING) SHELTERS El, FIRST AID B OVERLOOK 08 COMFORT STATION :- ' * INFORMATION CENTER forest trails. during the summer handicapped persons at A food concession stand months. special picnic tables and operates at the park Access is, provided for parking spaces. IN HUNTINGDON IT'S For All Your Fine Fashion Wearables IN HUNTINGDON IT'S . «. pl» ce For All Your Fine Sleepwear & Lingerie IN HUNTINGDON For Everything Fur Infants to Teen-Agers

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