ANF rec sites open on Friday

Recreation facilities on the Allegheny National Forest will be opened and fully operational this Friday, May 23, for the summer recreation season.

According to a press release from Kathy Mohney, executive secretary at the ANF, fees for campgrounds range from $12 to $24. Each campground has sites that are first-come, first-served, and many have sites that can be reserved.

Group camping areas require reservations, except at Hearts Content, and are $50 per night. Six rustic cabins are available at Willow Bay Campground for a fee of $55 to $65 per night. Check the website at www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/recreation/camping or call 814-362-4613 for fee information.

In response to many requests for adjacent family campsites, some double sites that can accommodate up to 14 people per night have been identified at Buckaloons and Twin Lakes campgrounds for a rate of $32 to $36. The double sites are listed with the National Recreation Reservation Service.

All reservations are handled through the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or through its website at www.recreation.gov.

Reservations may be made 240 days in advance and must be made at least four days in advance of the scheduled arrival date. Reservations may be made all year, but sites are reservable only from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Annual Senior and Access passports are available at the ANF Supervisor’s office in Warren and at the Bradford and Marienville Ranger District offices. The Senior and Access passports entitle the holder to a 50 percent discount on single-family campsites (utilities not included) at ANF campgrounds and boat launches. The Annual Pass is not accepted at any site on the ANF.

High-water levels may preclude some Allegheny Reservoir recreation facilities from being available for use this Memorial Day weekend.

All campgrounds are open, however, some waterfront campsites may not be useable due to the water level. Kinzua Beach will be open for picnicking, but the swim area will not be open until reservoir waters recede.

Kinzua Dam Concessions Inc., the food service provider at Kinzua Beach, is back and will be offering for sale a variety of food items and camping supplies through Labor Day weekend.

Boat launches are open, but the courtesy docks at Kiasutha, Elijah Run, Webb’s Ferry, Willow Bay and Kinzua Wolf Run Marina may not be useable due to high reservoir water levels.

Potable drinking water will not be provided at Morrison Boat Access Campground this year. Campers and hikers using the Morrison trail should bring their own drinking water.