Keystone State Park
Keystone State Park
in Westmoreland County PA
Keystone State Park is located in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, along route 1018, three miles from the intersection of Routes 981 and 22 in New Alexandria.
Keystone State Park represents a rich natural environment replete with great opportunities for outdoor adventure and family vacation fun. Camping, boating, winter activities, picnicking and pavilion rental, playfields, a beach, swimming, hiking, and wildlife observation are but a few of the possibilities. Much of the park and many activities are handicapped accessible. Keystone State Park consists of 1,187 acres, a 78 acres lake (Keystone Lake), and 89 campsites.
Attractions and Facilities
- Camping Cottages
- Boat Rental
- Public Boat Launch
- Beach & Swimming
- Picnic Areas
- Drinking Water and Restrooms
- Two Pavilions
- Hiking Trails
For family camping, 89 tent and trailer sites are available from the first Friday of April through the third weekend of October, some with electricity. There is a lakeside campground with 39 sites and a more remote Hillside Campground with 50 sites. A sanitary dump station is available, and both sites have a modern bathhouse facility. There are 2 yurts and 3 camping cottages that are open from the first Friday in April until the third weekend of October. They sleep 5 people.
Keystone State Park has eleven modern cabins that are available for rent on a year round basis. Located near the breast of the dam between the two campgrounds, these facilities sleep up to 6 people each and come equipped with a modern bathroom and shower, kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and microwave.
A boat rental concession, public boat launching ramp and mooring area are provided for rowboats, sailboats, and canoes. Non-powered and electric powered boats are permitted, but must display appropriate permits and boat registrations. Please call 724-668-2939 for more information.
Perhaps Keystone State Parks most famous aspect is its 1,000-foot turf and sand beach. The beach is not monitored by lifeguards anymore, it is now open swimming. Swimming is open 8:00 a.m. until sunset or as posted. Food concessions are Closed on Monday, all other days they are open 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m..
Drinking water and restrooms are available. Two picnic pavilions offer charcoal grills and electricity and can be reserved for use up to 11 months in advance. Pavilion #1 is located on the north side of the lake and Pavilion #2 is below the breast of the dam, near the ball field.
Five hiking trails offer a wonderful view of the park.
- Davis Run Trail follows 2.5 miles of wetland and upland forest area.
- Lake Side Trail follows a 2 miles loop around Keystone Lake. This trail is excellent for bicycle enthusiasts.
- McCune Run Trail offers a short trip to visit a beaver pond and wetland area.
- Pine Trail offers a short scenic hike through a plantation of red and white pine.
- Stone Lodge Trail follows 1.4 miles along a steep loop through hardwoods and ridge top conifers.
Trout stockings throughout the year by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission make Keystone Lake a favorite of area fishermen. Keystone Lake is a Big Bass Lake and special regulations apply. Other fish include tiger muskellunge, northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch, carp, and bullhead catfish. There is a handicapped accessible fishing area near the spillway. Fishing is not allowed at the beach, boat launch and mooring sites.
Hunters of deer, turkey, squirrel, pheasant, and grouse will find about half of Keystone State Park open to hunting. Hunting is prohibited on the lake and in the surrounding vicinity. As the park is open to public use, extreme caution must be used with any firearm or archery equipment. Please call 724-668-2939 for detailed regulations. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations are in effect for all activities in the park
Winter activities such as Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, and Sledding are popular, however extreme caution is always recommended. Please contact the park manager to determine ice and snow conditions in advance of any planned outing.
For more information, contact the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Keystone State Park at 724-668-2939. Mail and email address follow:
Keystone State Park
1150 Keystone Park Road
Derry, PA 15627
Other informative websites on Keystone State Park include Fay-West.coms page on Keystone State Park and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.
Westmoreland County offers ideal outdoor park settings in the heart of the Laurel Highlands