2009-04-09 / Entertainment

Cowans Gap Activities

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, and Cowans Gap State Park would like to announce the following.

Trout season opens at Cowans Gap

Trout season officially opens at Cowans Gap State Park at 8 am on Saturday, April 18. The parking areas will open at 5am. Persons arriving prior to 5 a.m. will be required to leave the park area. No overnight camping is allowed anywhere in the park except areas A and B campgrounds. Visitors are reminded that reservations for cabins, campsites and pavilions are being accepted up to 11 months in advance by calling toll free 1- 888-PA-PARKS or online at www.visitpaparks.com.

The bridge replacement project at the south end of the lake is complete and the bridge is open to traffic. The boat launch and all fishing piers will be accessible for fishing on opening day.

Loud music, disorderly conduct and alcohol are strictly prohibited. Violations will result in eviction and/or a citation. Ground fires are prohibited within the park but fires are allowed in self-contained grills and park campfire pits.

Celebrate spring at Cowans Gap

April 18 - Visit the Brightbill Interpretive Center from 9 am to 12 p.m. for a special "Open House" event. The center features history and natural aspects of the park, including museum taxidermy birds, interactive displays and hands-on learning stations. Take this opportunity to meet the park environmental education specialist and pick up information on the park and upcoming programs. Also be sure to sample the tasty snacks that will be provided!

At 2 pm, come back to the Brightbill Interpretive Center for "Recycled Instruments." First, discover how to make a musical instrument out of everyday throwaway items. Then use your new instrument to make some music to celebrate spring!

April 25 - A sure sign of warmer weather is the return of the bats to Cowans Gap. In honor of their return, join us for a special "Welcome Back, Bats!" celebration. At 10 a.m., all children are invited to the Brightbill Interpretive Center to make some bat crafts. Then at 2 p.m., come back to the Interpretive Center to see a video about bats, check out the construction of a bat box, and pick up information on bats and bat boxes. The park environmental education specialist will be on hand during this time and will be glad to help answer your bat questions.

The Brightbill Interpretive Center will be open for general visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth Garner, environmental education specialist, at 717-485-3948 or by e-mail at NRCowansEEPrograms@ state.pa.us.

For more information, visit us through the DCNR State Parks homepage at www.visitPAparks.com or visit the Pennsylvania Tourism homepage at www.visitPA.com.

Access for people with disabilities

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 888-PA-PARKS (voice); 888-537-7294 (TTY); 711 (AT&T Relay Service)

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