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Popular Warren County Destinations Begin To Reopen

Many of the public U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities at the Kinzua Dam have reopened as Warren County begins to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. Facilities across the Allegheny National Forest are reopening as well. P-J file photos

WARREN, Pa. — Facilities at two popular outdoor destinations in Warren County have begun to reopen.

The majority of the public U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities at the Kinzua Dam have re-opened after COVID-19-related closures. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers COVID-19 Recreation Services Status, the Bent Run access area, Big Bend overlook and tailwater access areas are open.

The boat ramp at Big Bend is listed as “partially open.”

“The current status is updated Tuesday and Friday mornings,” according to a post on the Kinzua Dam Facebook page. “If you have further questions about lake levels or facility status please contact the Park Office at 814-726-0661.”

Elsewhere, facilities across the Allegheny National Forest are being reopened “in coordination with local, state and federal health guidelines.”

The U.S. Forest Service recently opened “more campgrounds and recreation sites,” according to a statement from Public Affairs Officer Christopher Warner.

“Dispersed overnight camping is opened for recreation,” the statement said.

The following locations opened effective Friday — Kinzua Wolf Run Marina, Handsome Lake Boat Access Campground, Hooks Brook Boat Access Campground, Hopewell Boat Access Campground, Pine Grove Boat Access Campground, Morrison Boat Access Campground, Minister Creek Campground, Tracy Ridge Campground and the Twin Lakes Campground

That’s in addition to several locations that opened on May 8, including Willow Bay Campground, Buckaloons Campground, Red Bridge Campground, Willow Bay Campground, Kiasutha Day Use Boat Launch, Webbs Ferry Boat Launch, Roper Hollow Boat Launch and the Elijah Boat Launch.

Several sites remain closed at this time: Dewdrop Campground, Hearts Content Campground, Kelly Pines Campground, Kiasutha Campground, Loleta Recreation Area and the Tidioute Overlook.

Many sites remain open but with closed restroom facilities. Those include Beaver Meadows Day Use Area, Brush Hollow Parking Area, Buzzard Swamp trailhead, Hearts Content Recreation Area, Irwin Run canoe launch, Jakes Rocks, Kinzua Beach, Laurel Mill trailhead, Millstone canoe launch, Morrison trailhead, Red Mill Pond, Rimrock, Robin Island canoe launch and the Twin Lakes Day Use Area.

“All Allegheny National Forest all-terrain and off-highway Vehicle trails will remain closed until early June,” according to the ANF. “Forest Service staff are continuing to properly prepare the ATV/OHV trails to ensure they are safe and maintained before opening.”

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