The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on May 21, 1981 · Page 34
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The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania · Page 34

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, May 21, 1981
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PAG6U-THE DAILY NEWS, Huntingdon, Mount Union and Soxtoti, Pp., May ^1,1961 Raystown Lake Has "-' * ...x.....-..: Record Crowds Are Expected This Summer Visitations topped the magic million mark last year at beautiful Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County as Park Manager Robert Bell revealed that 1,150^ 000 persons used the park facilities during the year. And this year Bell year expects another increase in the number of visitors despite the fact there have been no major changes for the current year. Bell explains that people — particularly campers — are staying tot longer periods of time now because of the cost of gasoline. The campgrounds normally would fill up on Friday evening or Saturday but sometimes last year the campgrounds were filled as early as Wednesday or Thursday. Because they are staying longer now, Bell noted, this also means that more people are making short trips in their cars to neighboring attractions and are also making full- use of the many activities available at Raystown Lake. Some improvements have been made this year at the Tatman Run beach and launching area. The beach has been enlarged and additional parking provided. Interestingly Tatman Run, one of the smallest of Raystown Lake's many - facilities, experienced six percent of the total park usage last year. The Aitch access area, also one of the less developed areas, exr perienced seven percent of the park use in the past year. The budget cuts that have affected many national and state parks this year will 'not affect .the personnel at Raystown Lake and "the park manager noted that there will be 22 seasonal rangers and 12 seasonal maintenance 'people along with the 19 permanent employes for .the summer seasons The reacreation center is operated by the U,S, Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. However, the budget problems have stopped any major improvement • program* • including the planned visitor's center. One of the new things for the visitors at the Seven Points Recreation Complex will tfe a nature trail that has been developed and at the Rothrock Recreation, Complex the group camping area has been split into two sections to accommodate more groups during the cam-, ping season. There are still only three picnic shelters at the Seven Points area and all three are booked virtually solidly as early as January. In terms of visitation Bell expects that with good weather 900,000 persons will visit Raystown Lake between Memorial Day weekend and the Labor Day weekend. , New brochures have been printed along with special campers brochures for Seven Points and Rothrock and a helpful guide for persons bringing dogs to the campgrounds. These are distributed to campers at the Rangers Stations. The'sumer of 81' programs presented by Juniata College in cooperation with the U. S. Corps of Engineers will be presented during the summer months along with the campfire programs conducted by park personnel., The. , campfire programs are open to pampers and day users at Seven Points but only to campers at the Rothrock area.- Persons using the fee camping areas of Raystown Lake are reminded by Bell that the fees are retained at RaystOwn'Lake and used to maintain and improve facilities. Fees are still $4 per nfght at the Seven Points ;area campgrounds and at Rothrock and $3 per night at the Branch Campground along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River below the breast of the dam, The primitive campgrounds are not fee camping. Seven Points Complex Has Great Variety Campgrounds include Bay Camp, Big Flat Camp* Ridge Camp, Valley Camp and Point Camp. In addition there are a number of picnic areas including Loop, Mushroom, Twin Hollows and Laurel along with picnic shelters named Pine, Allegheny and Oak. There is an am- phitheatre where summer performances are given for the enjoyment of campers and day users. Behind the am- phitheatre is a newly developed nature trail. The complex also includes a public boat launching facility and -parkinglot. . Seven Points" is the location of a beach and two private concessions — the food service and the Seven Points Mar-ina. . Comfort stations are located throughout the complex and facilities are provided for the handicapped! I GOOD'/YEAR Boat Trailer Tires & Wheels Sold Separate or Combinations Trailer Tubes Marine Batteries DELL'S TIRE SHOP In The Great Out-OI'Doors Great Variety At Raystown Lake Raystown Lake, located in the heart of Huntingdon County, offers something for just about everybody. There is fishing, hunting, 'boating, water skiing, swiniimingy hiking, stage ; performances, campfire , programs, camping, picnicking, and just plain sightseeing over the 29,300 acre national site administed by the U. S. Army Corpos of Engineers. Separate stories appear in this special edition of The Daily News dealing with the recreation complexes at Rothrock and Seven Points but these two areas contain only a portion of the many recreation opportunities at the lake which has a recreation pool of 8,300 acres and stretches for 30 miles. Boat launches are located at Snyders Run, Seven Points, Aitch, James Creek, Shy Beaver, Weavers Fall, Rothrock and Tatman Run on the lake itself and at Corbin's Island, Schoolhouse and Point Access areas 1h the Raystown Branch below the lake. The Terrace Mountain trail runs from near Weavers- Falls to the Trough Creek State Park. There are boat to shore primitive -camping areas at Nancy's . Camp, Peninsula arid Putts. Primitive camping is also provided at Susquehannock along with a picnic area and at Branch Camp on the Raystown Branch. Home style cooking... with Doily Specials to suit your budget Mon. "Hom«Mad»" Turkey Pl»t_ Tue* . Filled Meot Loaf or Ham t Green Beans Wod. Roast Chlck«n (all the trimmings), or Spaghetti Thwrt. .7..... Ham, •*•!, or Chicken Pot Pie Friday , Boked Fish, Deep Fried Haddock Tuna Platter or Pork ft Sauerkraut Sat. and Sun. Roast Turkey or Beef, Shrimp filled w/crab meat, Turkey Strips "?••««« for »«r V ml* Platter* * Chef 8»U«U" FRESH PIES MADE DAILY M & M RESTAURANT Route 22 — Huntingdon, Pa.

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