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Raystown Lake

Pennsylvania

Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania

Raystown Lake real estate is a beautiful, but lesser known, market for lake homes and land in Pennsylvania.

Also called The Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania, this lake is one of Pennsylvania's largest lakes and has 110 miles of shoreline. The closest major airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, is only 147 miles away.

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  • 110Mi. of Shoreline
  • 80Avg. Depth
  • 190Deepest Depth
  • Shoreline Borders
    Mountains
  • Year Built
    1973
  • Managed By US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Ownership
    Public
  • Acreage
    8,300
  • Public Boat Ramps
    7
  • Water Level
    Full Pool Year Round
Marinas
(814) 658-3074
5922 Seven Points Marina Drive
Hesston, PA 16647
Campgrounds
(814) 658-3405
Raystown Lake Recreation Area
Hesston, PA 16647
  • Counties: Huntingdon County
  • Fish: Black Crappie, Blue Catfish, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge Pike, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, Walleye, White Crappie
  • Condos available (No)
  • Permit is not required to use the lake.
  • Jet skis are allowed.
  • Motorized boats are allowed.
  • Houseboats are allowed. -- Must have proper waste disposal system.
  • Boating restrictions (No).
  • Dock restrictions (No).
Hospitals
(814) 643-2290
7th Street
Huntington, PA 16652
Airports
Pittsburgh International Airport
1000 Airport Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15231
147 miles away
Altoona-Blair County Airport
310 Airport Entrance Road #6, Martinsburg, PA 16662
28 miles away
About Raystown Lake
Located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Raystown Lake is an 8,300-acre lake located in Huntingdon County. It is the largest man-made lake entirely in Pennsylvania, created in 1973 when the Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Junitia River.

The city of Pittsburgh is around 142 miles west, and Philadelphia is 195 east.

The Harrisburg International Airport is located 113 miles east in the state capital of Harrisburg. The closest location for urgent care is Penn Highlands Huntingdon, around 13 miles north in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

Fantastic restaurants are available near and on the lake! Try places like Lake Raystown Resort Marina, Happy Hollow, and Mactown Pizza Plus.

An Outdoors Enthusiast's Paradise

Raystown Lake is truly an all-in-one paradise for those that love the outdoors. This valley lake offers swimming, fishing, kayaking, watersports, hiking, mountain biking, and so much more.

There are beaches along the shoreline to enjoy on a sunny day or just take a dip when you're on the water.

Raystown is a popular destination in western Pennsylvania because of its diverse fish population! Anglers can expect to find striped bass, muskellunge, lake trout, large and small-mouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, brown trout, white and yellow perch, pickerel, calico bass, rock bass, crappies, carp, bluegills, and more.

Kayaking here is simply breathtaking. The water is 500 feet plus for the peaks of the surrounding cliffs, so paddle your way through a landscape painting! Raystown has many ramps for kayakers and boaters alike.

Watersports are another popular pastime here. There are no speed limits on boats or jet skis, so fans of tubing, wakeboarding, or water skiing will love this lake!

There are many easy to moderate hiking/mountain biking trails located atop the cliffs here! All of them come highly rated because of their drop-dead gorgeous scenic views of the valleys below.

Altoona: The Railroad City

For those looking to enjoy a more urban change of pace, Altoona is just 37 miles away. The city features a variety of industrial landmarks, historical monuments, and city parks.

The Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark is a railroad stretch that winds its way through the Allegheny Mountains. This marvelous work of engineering offers an observation deck for patrons to watch the trains come in and out of the city.

Altoona is also home to the historic Baker Mansion, the former home of one of Altoona’s original iron magnates. The Southern Allegheny Museum of Art is sure to excite with its rotating display of local and national exhibits.

Reighard’s gas station, one of the oldest gas stations in the United States, is also open to the public.

A Perfect Lake for Anyone Seeking Pennsylvania's Finest

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the gorgeous outdoors Pennsylvania has to offer, then take a look at Raystown Lake. It may just be the location of your next lake home!