Summer isn’t over yet! Get outdoors this weekend with the following programs at Sinnemahoning State Park:
•Fly Fishing for Beginners (Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.): Join fly-fishing enthusiasts from the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a program on the basics of this elegant sport. Learn about fly rods, reels, line, flies and the techniques used, then practice your new skills in the waters of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek. This program is free. Tackle is provided and no license is necessary. Group size is limited and pre-registration is required by Aug. 22. Participants are to meet at 40 Maples Day Use Area.
•Austin Dam Disaster, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday: Learn the story of the Austin Dam that broke in September 1911, flooding most of the town and claiming over 70 lives. Who built it? Why did it break? And why are the ruins still there? There will be a brief campground talk followed by a 1-hour movie, “The Austin Disaster, 1911: A Chronicle of Human Character.” Participants are to meet at the Campground Amphitheater. In case of rain, the program and movie will be held indoors in the Wildlife Center classroom. All are welcome to attend.
*Pontoon Boat Tours from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and Noon to 1:15 p.m. Sunday: View herons, kingfishers, turtles, eagles and other wildlife while learning about the aquatic habitats that support them on this relaxing and informative tour of the George B. Stevenson reservoir. This program is free, but donations are requested. Group size is limited and pre-registration is recommended for this program. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Participants are to meet at the boat launch of the Lake Day Use Area.
If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least seven days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.
To pre-register for a program or for more information, visit the DCNR Calendar of Events at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov.
If you need assistance with online registration, call the park office 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk.