Bald Eagle State Park - Howard, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Janila
N 41° 01.757 W 077° 38.780
18T E 277527 N 4545381
Quick Description: A 1,730-acre lake is located in the 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park surrounded by forests, fields, and wetlands in Howard, PA.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 9/12/2018 4:53:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ5EH
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
Views: 1

Long Description:
From the Bald Eagle State Park website https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/BaldEagleStatePark/Pages/History.aspx

"The valley, creek, mountain, and state park are named for the American Indian chief Woapalanne, [wopo lonnie] which means “bald eagle.” In the mid-1700s, the Munsee Lenni Lenape chief briefly dwelled at Bald Eagles Nest, near Milesburg. The village was along the Bald Eagle Creek Path, a portion of a warriors' path from New York to the Carolinas, which now is PA 150.

As one of the few navigable tributaries of the West Branch Susquehanna River, Bald Eagle Creek became a branch of the Pennsylvania Canal in the mid-1800s. Flooding destroyed the short-lived canal system and newly developed railroads replaced the canal.

These transportation systems and abundant local resources led to the building of the nearby Curtin Ironworks. Loggers cut trees from steep-sided Bald Eagle Mountain and colliers made charcoal from the wood to feed the hungry furnace.

When the demand for wood products soared in the 1800s, once plentiful pine, chestnut, oak, and hickory were cleared from the valley and plateaus. Farmland replaced the forest. The fertile valley continues to be cultivated. The forests of Bald Eagle Mountain have regenerated.

To reduce flood damage downstream, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the 100-foot-high and 1.3-mile long Foster Joseph Sayers Dam in 1969. Bald Eagle State Park opened to the public July 4, 1971."

Name of Park, Protected Area, or Cultural Location: Bald Eagle State Park

Name of System or Passport Program: Pennsylvania State Parks

Passport Available: Yes, for purchase

Parking or Entrance Fee: Not listed

Park Website: [Web Link]

Address of Station:
149 Main Park Road
Howard, PA USA
16841


Visit Instructions:
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