Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are pets permitted at County Parks & Trails?
Yes, pets are permitted at county parks and trails, but
all pets must be on a leash not to exceed 6 feet. Pet owners
are required to clean up after their pets.
2. May we feed the wildlife and waterfowl?
Feeding of wildlife and waterfowl is prohibited at all
county parks. Please see our Regulations
for more information.
3. Is fishing permitted?
Fishing is permitted at Blue Spruce Lake, Hemlock Lake
and Pine Ridge Park (Tom's Run). Pennsylvania
Fish & Boat Commission regulations apply at all
4. Is boating permitted?
At Hemlock Lake the PA Fish Commission permits electric
motors and hand-propelled boats. All boats must be properly
registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Boating
is not permitted at Blue Spruce Park.
5. Is swimming permitted?
Swimming is not permitted at any of the county parks.
6. Is hunting permitted?
Hunting is permitted at Hemlock Lake and portions of Blue
Spruce Park, Pine Ridge Park, and the Buttermilk Falls Natural
Area. PA Game Commission
regulations apply. Hunters should obey all safety zones.
We strongly recommend that all park visitors wear appropriate
safety orange clothing during hunting season (various seasons
are open from October through April). A map of Blue
Spruce Park hunting areas is available on-line. For
the other park sites, please contact
the parks office to receive a description of designated
7. How are park facility reservations handled?
Reservations for park
facilities are taken at the county parks administration
office at Blue Spruce Park. Contact
us for reservation information. Office hours are 7:00
AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
8. How far in advance can reservations for park facilities
We schedule the reservation
of park facilities up to 51 weeks in advance. Groups
using a park facility have one week after their use of the
facility to reschedule for the next year. If no reservation
is received the facility is available to the public on a
first-come first serve basis.
9. Can I (we) volunteer to help at the parks?
We welcome volunteers throughout the year at all county
parks. We have a variety of both short term and long term
volunteer opportunities available for individuals and groups.
Contact the parks
office if you are interested in assisting us in our efforts.
10. Can we make a gift or donation to the parks?
We have been fortunate over the years to receive gifts
and donations which have greatly benefited the county parks.
From the donation of land for parks, funding for special
projects, to the planting of memorial trees we can tailor
a gifts or donation program which will meet your needs while
benefiting future generations. All donations are tax deductible
to the maximum extent permitted by law. See our Park
Legacy Fund page for more information about contributing
to the parks.
11. What does it cost to have a county park system?
Traditionally funding for the county parks has ranged between two and three percent of Indiana County's total budget. About 30 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties operate county parks. We believe county parks are a good investment which helps improve Indiana County's overall quality of life.
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