2145 Hemlock Lake Rd., Rossiter, PA 15772
40o 51' 54.645" N 78o 52' 27.219" W
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| Park Map
Hemlock Lake was originally called Straight Run Dam when
it was completed by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission in
1970. The dam is 650 feet long and is 40 feet high at its
highest point. The dam impounds a 60 acre lake. Its deepest
point is approximately 33 feet.
Indiana County Parks leases the site from the Pennsylvania
Fish & Boat Commission as a public recreation area.
The 205 acre park features a 60 acre lake with two boat
launches and areas for picnicking, hunting, hiking and fishing
(including ice fishing). Two pavilions
at the park are available on a first-come first-served basis.
The lake has been stocked with bluegill, bass, catfish,
muskellunge, walleye and northern pike. Fishermen may moor
their boats at the park following regulations established
by the Fish &
Boat Commission. Learn more about the species of fish in Hemlock Lake (a.k.a. - Straight Run Lake) by reading the spring 2008 biologist's report. Only electric motors and hand propelled
boats are permitted.
Other nearby recreation areas include PA State Gamelands
#174, Cloe Dam (Jefferson County) and Little Mahoning Creek.
Please be advised that the access roads to Hemlock Lake
do not receive winter maintenance.
A comprehensive Hemlock Lake Park bird list is available in PDF format. This
list was compiled by Margaret Higbee using data collected
by the Todd Bird Club.
The park is located in northeastern Indiana County in Banks
Township. The park's eastern access area is located near
the village of Johnsonburg via State Route 1033 (Hemlock
Lake Road). The park's western access area is located off
SDA Church Camp Road. Nearby towns include Glen Campbell,
Rossiter and Smithport. The park is 10 miles southeast of
Punxsutawney. A directional map
with written directions is available.
map of the park in PDF format is available. This is
a large file that may take several moments to appear on
your screen. The image may be difficult to read on the screen
but will clearly show all text and graphics when printed
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