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Keystone State Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
Canoes at Keystone State Park
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Westmoreland
Township Derry
Location [1]
 - coordinates 40°22′19″N 79°22′59″W / 40.37194°N 79.38306°W / 40.37194; -79.38306Coordinates: 40°22′19″N 79°22′59″W / 40.37194°N 79.38306°W / 40.37194; -79.38306
 - elevation 1,096 ft (334.1 m) [1]
Area 1,200 acres (486 ha)
Founded 1945
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Visitation 285,113 (in 2008) [2]
Nearest city Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Location of Keystone State Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Keystone State Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Keystone State Park

Keystone State Park is a 1,200-acre (486 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The main attraction of the park, which opened in 1945, is the 78-acre (32 ha) Keystone Lake constructed by the Keystone Coal and Coke Company in the early 1900s. The park also has extensive picnic areas and several miles of hiking trails. Keystone State Park was named after Pennsylvania's official nickname, The Keystone State. The park is off U.S. Route 22 near New Alexandria.

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Staying overnight

Keystone State Park is open to camping and also has several cabins that are available to rent year round.[3]

Keystone State Park has two campgrounds. Lakeside campground is on the shores of Keystone Lake. It has 40 campsites for tents or campers. Hillside campground is in a more remote part of the park. It has 60 campsites, also for tents or campers. Each campground has some sites with an electric hook-up, a modern bathhouse and a sanitary dump station.[3]

The cabins at Keystone State Park are modern. The 11 cabins are located near the dam and between the campgrounds. Each cabin can sleep up to six guests in two bedrooms. The cabins are equipped with a modern bathroom, a kitchen with a stove, microwave and refrigerator. The yard areas have picnic tables, grills and fire rings.[3]

Keystone Lake

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Fishing

Keystone Lake is a 78-acre (32 ha) man made lake that was built in the early 1900s. It provides a habitat for both warm and cold water species of fish. The common game fish in Keystone Lake are carp, northern pike, tiger muskellunge, largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch and bullhead catfish. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks the lake with trout prior to the start of trout season in April. The lake is also open to ice fishing when the conditions permit.[3]

Boating

Gas powered boats are prohibited on Keystone Lake. Non powered and electric powered boats must display a current registration from any state or a launch permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.[3]

Swimming

A beach on the lake is open for swimming daily from 8:00am until sunset. The swimming season begins on Memorial Day weekend and ends Labor Day weekend. Swim at your own risk. Lifeguards are not provided.[3]

Hunting

Hunting is permitted on about half of Keystone State Park. The most common game species are Eastern Cottontail rabbits, Common Pheasant, Eastern Gray Squirrels, Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse and White-tailed deer. The hunting of Groundhogs is prohibited. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.[3]

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Keystone State Park:[4][5][6]

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