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Canoeing and Kayaking

Oil Creek provides the opportunity for scenic float trips and is classed as a beginner’s creek under normal conditions. Heavy rain can cause rapid changes to the depth of Oil Creek. Canoeists/kayakers should call the park office (814-676-5915) for current water conditions. The park recommends a depth of 2.7 ft. as measured by the Rouseville Gauging Station

Oil Creek has no designated boat launch sites. Road access to Oil Creek is available from the Jersey Lot parking area north of Drake Well Museum, Miller Farm Bridge, Pioneer Road parking lot at the bike trail, and Petroleum Center.
The Park map is available HERE.

Generally, the canoeing/kayaking season is from March to June. Summer thunder storms can increase water level quickly and provide summer fun also.

A quiet pool at the Petroleum Center Day Use Area is a good location to practice kayaking and canoeing skills.

Be mindful of the fact that there is an ice control dam just below the pool area south of Petroleum Center Day Use Area.

A YouTube video Kayaking Oil Creek


DCNR posts the following information:

Non-powered boats must display one of the following:
boat registration;
launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices;
launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.


Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

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Kayaking at Petroleum Center Day Use Area, Egbert Farm.

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Canoeing below Petroleum Center bridge.

canoeing on Oil Creek

Canoeing on Oil Creek