East Branch Clarion River Lake


Pittsburgh District
Published Jan. 10, 2024

In the heart of Elk County and scenic upper Clarion River Valley, the US Army Corps of Engineers invites you to visit and enjoy the ideal setting for a variety of recreational experiences. East Branch Lake is surrounded by Elk State Park, Elk State Forest and State Game Lands to further enhance the idyllic setting of your visit.

Boats with unlimited horse power, canoes and kayaks can take the opportunity recreate and visit secluded bays and experience unspoiled scenery and nature.

The East Branch campground provides a unique, tranquil setting for a camping experience. The campground has 5 pull-through electric sites, 18 RV electric sites, 3 tent-only non-electric sites and 4 cabins. The cabins each include electric with multiple outlets, a small front porch, and a full-size bedframe with a twin-bunk bedframe. A shower house with restrooms is available within the campground. Camping reservations must be made on or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

With its clean, clear, deep waters, East Branch Clarion River Lake offers anglers the opportunity to harvest tiger muskellunge, smallmouth bass, walleye or lake trout. Try fly fishing in the delayed harvest area below the dam to land a trophy trout. For the hearty angler, try ice fishing during the winter months.

Hunting is prohibited on federal property, however adjacent to East Branch Clarion River Lake is Elk State Forest and state game land that will provide hunters with an abundance of game such as, deer, turkey, bear and small game..

For a relaxing picnic with family and friends, take advantage of the Overlook Picnic Area and enjoy the panoramic view of the lake and dam. Take a hike on the adjacent self-guided Shady Ridge Nature Trail.

Firearm / Firework Policy
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DOES NOT honor State-issued concealed weapon permits, prohibits loaded concealed weapons, the possession of loaded firearms or ammunition on lands and waters administered by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers per Title 36, CFR 327.13{a).