WARREN — The Allegheny National Forest is reopening the swimming area and beach at the Loleta Recreation Area today.
Parts of the Loleta Recreation Area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The swimming area was established in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the main dam and a secondary dam on Millstone Creek.
The swimming area has been closed for the last two summer recreation seasons because of unsafe conditions due to accumulation of sediment, woody debris, and organic material from upstream.
Using a contractor, the accumulated material in the swimming area has been removed. Additionally, to improve visitors’ experiences, the beach area has been graded and refurbished, the dam control structure has been closed, and the pond’s water level has been replenished. Water tests have been conducted to assure the pond is safe for swimming.
Loleta Recreation Area includes:
• A full-service campground and a Day Use Recreation Area. The site requires a $5 daily use vehicle fee, which includes access to the swimming area and the bathhouse.
• Loleta Campsites that require a fee may be reserved at www.recreation.gov.
Annual passes are also available for $55 that allow parking at any of the Day Use fee sites on the Allegheny National Forest.
For more information about the Loleta Recreation Area or any of the developed recreation facilities on the Allegheny National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny.
People can contact any of the Allegheny National Forest offices by phone for more information:
• Supervisor’s Office at 814-728-6100
• Marienville Ranger District at 814-927-5700
• Bradford Ranger District at 814-363-6000
When visiting the Allegheny National Forest recreate responsibly by leaving no trace and follow all local and state safety guidelines.