Discover Wild Trout Streams and Unspoiled Hidden Wonders
Experience the Thrill of Deep Wilderness Fishing
In northwestern Pennsylvania, the Allegheny National Forest offers some of the finest fishing east of the Mississippi. Angling opportunities abound in several reservoirs and over 500 miles of pristine streams. Download our guide to McKean County waterways.
The 12,000-acre Allegheny Reservoir is the largest in the Forest region. Here, you can put your skills on the line against smallmouth bass, muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, channel catfish, and brown trout.
At the end of the day, you can relax at the Kinzua Wolf Run Marina for waterfront dining. Linger over cocktails and ponder morsels that seem to leap from the menu, as you regale family and friends about the one that got away.
Do not overlook the tributary streams that flow into the Reservoir, many stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout, while others have natural populations of brook trout.
Looking for a high-octane experience? Hike deep into the forest for an hour or more, blazing your own trail to wild trout streams – some only two feet wide – where rod and reel are seldom used. Here, fish are compelled by raw instinct to lunge at well-placed fly with a ferocity that will thrill even the most seasoned angler.
Outfitters and Guide Services
If you arrive in the Forest region lacking a few things, we’ve got you covered with some go-to places for clothing, gear and guide services to help make your fishing adventure the best it can be.
Allegheny Site Management in Bradford, Pennsylvania, offers a customized guide service by prior arrangement. Call 814-368-4158 to plan your trek into the wilderness.
B’s Canoeing Guide Service will take you to the unspoiled hidden wonders of the Tunungwant Creek (Tuna Creek) through the Bradford, Pennsylvania and Limestone, New York area. You’ll have an opportunity to view native wildflowers, wildlife, and possibly American Bald Eagles along the way.
The 1280-acre Glendorn estate offers nearly three miles of private trout streams, three stream fed lakes and on-site ponds teaming with rainbow, brown and brook trout. Fly fishing, for beginners through advanced, wade and drift boat trips, steelhead fishing on Lake Erie tributaries, along with a wide variety of angling adventures are available year round – including ice fishing! The on-site Fuller Brook Outfitters offers only the finest clothing and ORVIS Fly Fishing equipment. For personalized service in planning your next guided fly-fishing journey, call 814-362-6511.
Country Squirrel Outfitters in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, offers fishing gear and live bait, as well as clothing that will get you through the wilderness year-round, no matter what the weather brings.
Places to Stay
There are accommodations for every lifestyle and budget in the Forest region.
Cabins and campgrounds are a perfect fit with your fishing adventure, and make for an especially enjoyable experience with family and friends. Allegheny Site Management in Bradford operates 20 locations, offering cabins, campsites, and a full range of recreational activities within the Allegheny National Forest. Open year round, they also cater to your boat and outfitting needs.
Willow Bay has over 100 family campsites, many of which have electrical hookups, each containing a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. There’s a broad, concrete boat launch with a courtesy dock and a spacious parking lot.
There are many other cabins and campgrounds to choose from, each offering outdoor activities and touring opportunities nearby.
FooteRest Campground / Cabins in Kane, Pennsylvania, offers a swimming pool, mini-golf course, shuffleboard courts, playgrounds and camp store, as well as wagon, fire truck, and train rides for the kids. Amenities include a coin laundry, game room, and pavilion. You can round up your team for a volleyball or basketball challenge, or enjoy a quiet hike along nearby trails.
At Forest Ridge Cabins and Campgrounds in Marienville, Pennsylvania, you will find a quiet family campground, featuring beautiful, full facility cabins with private hot tubs year round. Nearby attractions include Cook Forest State Park, Loleta Recreation Area, Buzzard Swamp Bird Sanctuary, and Beaver Meadows. All this, plus golf, swimming, canoeing, hiking, bike trails, ATV, horseback riding, elk viewing, antiquing, and dining at the area’s many restaurants.
If you’re traveling with a group, check out the Big Loop Lodge in Eldred, Pennsylvania. This spacious lodge can accommodate one large group of 15 or two smaller groups. A convenient kitchen, cozy common areas, and comfortable bedrooms make the lodge your home away from home.
For an extended stay in the Allegheny National Forest region, consider the Olmsted Carriage House in Ludlow, Pennsylvania. This modest apartment located above the former Olmsted garage contains two small bedrooms, a kitchen complete with full-size refrigerator, stove, and dishes for guest use, as well as a comfortable living room with a television set.
Just because you’re fishing doesn’t mean you can’t experience some of the region’s colorful history. You can even live like an oil baron or timber tycoon of yesteryear with a stay in one of our area’s finest Victorian style B&Bs where old world elegance is blended with all of today’s amenities.
The Forest region also offers hotel and motel accommodations of every kind that are perfect for fisherman, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts. Among other amenities, you can enjoy breakfast, cable television, and secure wireless Internet. Refrigerators and microwaves may be requested for making your long stay from home more affordable. Some provide parking for large vehicles and trailers.
For information about purchasing fishing licenses and related permits, please visit the website of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
Opening day: Saturday, April 14. See the summary chart for specific fishing regulations for inland waters published by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.