Chapman State Park beach closes Sept. 8

The summer may be winding down, but you can still cool off at Chapman Lake for a few more weeks. The beach at Chapman State Park will remain open for swimming through Sunday, Sept. 8. Swimming hours are 8 a.m. to sunset. Chapman’s beach operates under the open swim policy; no life guards are on duty. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Parents, please watch your children. The concession, operated by BEI, will be open through Labor Day, Sept. 2. In addition to food and snacks the concession offers canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals on a daily basis.

For more information, contact the park office at (814) 723- 0250.

The following programs are planned at Chapman State Park this week.

On Friday, Aug. 30, “Goyataku Fish Printing” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Create a print of a fish using life-size rubber fish, or maybe the real thing! Bring a T-shirt or bandana. There will also be paper available to print on. Meet at the Beach concession stand. Family fishing will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Join the Park Naturalist for an evening of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. Participants will receive a bag full of free stuff while supplies last. No fishing license required. Meet at Pavilion #1.

On Saturday, Bird House Building will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Would you like to see more birds in your backyard? Come build a birdhouse and learn about the different types of bird houses that you can use. There is a $10 donation for this program. Pre-registration is required as supplies are limited. Please call the park office 723-0250 to register for this program by Aug. 30. Cash only payments are due at the start of the program. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center.

Movie Night on the Beach- “Yogi Bear” will be held Saturday from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Everyone’s favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear comes to the big screen in “Yogi Bear.” Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the show.

A non-denominational worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday. Meet Pastor Dave at the Park Amphitheater for worship services in the outdoors.

Eco-Sand Sculpture Competition will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Are you up for the challenge? Come out to the beach to learn about ecosystems and enter a naturethemed sculpture into the contest. Small prizes and certificates will be awarded to winners. Please bring your own sand equipment. Meet at the beach.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Canoe/Kayak Chapman. Join state park staff to learn the basics of kayaking or canoeing and spend time touring the lake. The course is designed to emphasize safety and enjoyment while participants gain skill and technique. All kayak, canoe and safety equipment will be provided. People of all abilities are welcome. Accomodations with adaptive equipment can be made. Pre-registration is REQUIRED as canoes, kayaks and adaptive equipment are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must still register. Registrations can be made by call the park office at 723-0250 by Friday, Aug. 23. Meet at the beach concession stand.

On Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 2, “Tree Caching” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn about the trees of the forest while searching for geocaches. A brief introduction on how to use GPS units will take place at the start of the program. GPS units will be available on a first come, first served basis. Meet the Park Amphitheater.

“Tree Art- Drop in at the Beach” will be held Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. Come and celebrate the wonders of the forest by creating some tree art. We will be doing leaf printing, nut stamping, leaf rubbings and more. For leaf printings bring a t-shirt or bandana. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour. Meet at the Beach Concession stand.

Upcoming Events:

Family Fishing Aug. 30

Goyataku Fish Printing Aug. 30

Bird House Building Aug. 31

Movie on the Beach Aug. 31

Bird Banding Sept. 7

Canoe Chapman Sept. 1

Tree Caching Sept. 2

Tree Art Sept. 2

National Public Land Day Sept. 28

Third Annual Fall Festival Oct. 4-5

The concession stand – with boat rentals/snacks/ice/firewood, etc. – is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (closed Tuesdays). Use your camping receipt to receive a 10-percent discount on boat and bike rental.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice), 717-558-2710 (local or international voice), or 711 (AT&T Relay Services). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

For more information on Chapman State Park or any of Pennsylvania’s other state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; or visit DCNR’s website: www.dcnr.state.pa.us (Select Parks).