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Poe Valley State Park is a Pennsylvania state park in Penn Townshipmarker, Centre Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker in the United States. The park is surrounded by Bald Eagle State Forestmarker. Poe Paddy State Parkmarker is to the west. The forests of the park surround the Poe Lake. Poe Valley State Park is in isolated Poe Valley which lies between Potters Mills on U.S. Route 322 and Millheimmarker on Pennsylvania Route 45. The park will be closed for the 2008 and 2009 season while the lake is drained for dam repairs and the park facilities are upgraded.


Poe Valley State Park and nearby Poe Paddy State Parkmarker were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The young men of the CCC also worked to clear the regrowing forests of brush to prevent forest fires. They constructed roads throughout the forests, built state park facilities, constructed bridges on the state roads, planted trees for reforestation, and cleaned streams.

Poe Lake

Poe Lake is a man-made lake covering , built by the Civilian Conservation Corps on Big Poe Creek during the Great Depression. The lake provides a habitat for perch, pickerel, sunfish, catfish, and trout. Fishing is permitted in the lake, and non-powered boats such as canoes, kayaks, and johnboats are allowed if they are properly registered with any state. Powered boats must have electric motors as gas powered motors are prohibited. The beach is open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. Ice fishing and ice skating are permitted at the lake during the winter months. Visitors fish and skate at their own risk: the thickness of the ice is not monitored. The lake is currently drained as the park is making repairs to the dam.


Hunting is permitted on of Poe Valley State Park. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The common game species are Ruffed Grouse, squirrels, turkey, white-tailed deer, and black bears. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited. The shores of Poe Lake are closed to hunting.


Reeds Gap Spur Trail is a hiking trail long, that begins in Reeds Gap State Parkmarker and ends in Poe Valley State Park. The other trails in the park all connect with the system of hiking trails in Bald Eagle State Forestmarker. The Pennsylvania Mid State Trail, a hiking trail long, passes through Poe Valley. Hunters use the trails to access Bald Eagle State Forest. During the winter the trails are open to cross-country skiing and recreational snowmobile use.

Camping and picnicking

The rustic campground opens with trout season on the second Friday in April and closes at the end of doe season in mid December. There are no showers or flush toilets at the campground. A sanitary dump station is provided. Campers are permitted to moor their boats near the dam on Poe Lake. The campground is just below the dam on Big Poe Creek. The picnic area is on the shore of the lake and provides tables, pavilions and charcoal grills.

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within of Poe Valley State Park:


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