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Fishing Tackle Loaner Sites

The public can go to the sites listed below and borrow rods, reels and a tackle box full of hooks and other terminal tackle. This equipment is borrowed in much the same way books are borrowed from a library. Those wanting to borrow gear complete a form and the loan is made. At the end of the loan period the equipment is returned to the site. 

This program is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the American Sportfishing Association, and the sponsors listed below. The program is designed to make it easy for anyone to access fishing tackle. Whether you are giving fishing a try for the first time, or returning to a childhood activity, these sites provide free tackle for loan. It's hoped that those making the loans will enjoy fishing so much they are hooked for life. This equipment may also be loaned to groups conducting angler education programs in the community.

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pfbc regional offices

NORTHWEST REGION
County Location Season/Hours of Operation Sponsor Contact
Butler Butler County Parks & Recreation
Alameda Park Office
182 Alameda Park Road
Butler, PA 16001
March-October
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Butler County Parks and Recreation Dave Hutner
724-284-5386
Butler Moraine/McConnells Mill State Parks
225 Pleasant Valley Road
Portersville, PA 16051
April-October
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Moraine State Park
McConnells Mill State Park
Park Office
724-368-8811
Clarion Cook Forest State Park
River Road
Cooksburg, PA 16217
April-October
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cook Forest State Park Park Office
814-744-8407
Crawford Linesville Fish Hatchery
Visitor Center
13300 Hartstown Road
Linesville, PA 16424
March-October
Wednesday-Sunday
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
PA Fish and Boat Commission 814-683-5126
Crawford Pymatuning State Park
2660 Williamsfield Road
Jamestown, PA 16134
March - October
Wednesday-Sunday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pymatuning State Park Linda Armstrong/Park Office
724-932-3141
Erie Erie County Public Library
160 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507
Year-round except holidays
Monday-Thursday
9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Erie County Public Library Library Desk
814-451-6900
Erie Presque Isle State Park
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
March-October
Daily
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Presque Isle State Park 814-833-7424
presqueisleenved@pa.gov
Erie Walnut Creek Access April-weekends only
Mid-May through mid-December
Monday-Thursday
8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday
6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday
6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
PA Fish and Boat Commission 814-833-2464
Forest Tionesta Lake Ranger Station
1 Tionesta Lake Road
Tionesta, PA 16353
March-October
Daily
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
US Army Corps of Engineers Army Corps Office
814-755-3512
Forest US Forest Service Marienville Ranger Station
133 Smokey Lane
Marienville, PA 16239
    Alex Harvey
814-927-5728
Mercer M. K. Goddard State Park
Environmental Learning Classroom
684 Lake Wilhelm Road
Sandy Lake, PA 16145
May-October
Wednesday-Sunday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
M.K. Goddard State Park Park Office
724-253-3296
Venango Oil Creek State Park
305 State Park Road
Oil City, PA 16301
    Robin Baker
814-676-5915
Venango Two Mile Run County Park
Nature Lodge
Venango Conservation District
471 Beach Road
Franklin, PA 16323
March-October
Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Venango County Conservation District Marc Rickard
814-676-2832
Warren Chapman State Park
RR 2 Box 1610
Clarendon, PA 16313
April-October
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chapman State Park Park office
814-723-0250
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SOUTHWEST REGION
County Location Season/Hours of Operation Sponsor Contact
Allegheny Point State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl Bldg A
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1212
  Point State Park Jessica Rohrdanz
412-565-2850
Armstrong Mahoning, Park Office April-October
Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Call for Saturday & Sunday hours
US Army Corps of Engineers Gover Pegg
814-257-8811
Beaver Raccoon Creek State Park
Nature Center
3000 State Route #18
Hookstown, PA 15050-1605
May-September
Daily
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Raccoon Creek State Park Park Office
724-899-2200
Nature Center
724-899-3611
Cambria Prince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina Road
Patton, PA 16668
  Prince Gallitzin State Park Beth Garner
814-674-1000
Greene Ryerson Station State Park
361 Bristoria Road
Wind Ridge, PA 15380
  Ryerson Station State Park Jared McGury / Alan Johnson
724-428-4254
Indiana Yellow Creek State Park
170 Route 259 Highway
Penn Run, PA 15765-5941
Daily
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Yellow Creek State Park Park Office
724-357-7913
Westmoreland Keystone State Park
1150 Keystone Park Road
Derry, PA 15627-3679
  Loyalhanna Bassmasters Park Office
724-668-2939
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NORTHCENTRAL REGION
County Location Season/Hours of Operation Sponsor Contact
Cameron/
Potter
Sinnemahoning State Park
4843 Park Road
Austin, PA 16720
    814-647-8401
Centre Black Moshannon State Park
4216 Beaver Road Philipsburg, PA 16866
April-Labor Day
Sunday-Saturday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Black Moshannon State Park Black Moshannon State Park
814-342-5960
Centre Environmental Learning Classroom
Main Park Area
Bald Eagle State Park

Rods can be reserved

Labor Day-Memorial Day
Park Office open
Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Memorial Day-Labor Day
Park Office open daily
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Park office closed
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Bald Eagle State Park Park Office
814-625-2775
Centre/
Mifflin
Reeds Gap State Park Complex
1405 New Lancaster Valley Rd
Milroy, PA 17063
May-October
Wednesday-Sunday
Hours vary
Reeds Gap State Park Park Office
717-667-3622
Clearfield Curwensville Lake Recreation Area
1256 Lake Drive
Curwensville, PA 16833
Year round
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Daily
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Curwensville Lake Recreation Area Curwensville Lake Recreation Area
814-236-2320
Clinton Kettle Creek State Park
97 Kettle Creek Park Lane
Renovo, PA 17764
Monday-Saturday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kettle Creek State Park Park Office
570-923-6004
Elk Bendigo State Park
533 State Park Road
Johnsonburg, PA 15845
April-Labor Day
Sunday-Saturday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bendigo State Park Park Office
814-965-2646
Jefferson Clear Creek State Park
38 Clear Creek State Park Rd
Sigel, PA 15860-9502
April-October
Daily
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (will vary)
Clear Creek State Park Park Office
814-752-2368
Jefferson IUP-Punxsutawney
1012 Winslow St.
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Year-round IUP Ray Beisel
814-938-1381
Lycoming James V. Brown Library
19 East Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Monday–Friday
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
James V. Brown Library 570-326-0536
McKean Hamlin Memorial Library
123 South Mechanic Steet
Smethport PA 16749
     
Mifflin/
Centre
Reeds Gap State Park Complex
1405 New Lancaster Valley Rd
Milroy, PA 17063
May-October
Wednesday-Sunday
Hours vary
Reeds Gap State Park Park Office
717-667-3622
Potter Lyman Run State Park
454 Lyman Run Road
Galeton, PA 16922
April-Labor Day
Sunday-Saturday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lyman Run State Park Park Office
814-435-5010
Potter Ole Bull State Park
HCR 62 Box 9
Cross Fork, PA 17729
Monday-Sunday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ole Bull State Park Mary B. Hirst
814-435-5000
Potter/
Cameron
Sinnemahoning State Park
4843 Park Road
Austin, PA 16720
    814-647-8401
Tioga Hills Creek State Park
Visitors Center in Campground
111 Spill Way Rd.
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Wednesday-Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Saturday-Sunday
2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Hills Creek State Park James Mucci
570-724-4246
Union Herr Memorial Library
500 Market St
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
Monday through Friday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Herr Memorial Library 570-966-0831
Union Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority
629 Fairground Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Monday-Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  570-524-4774
Union Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Blvd
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Library for Union County 570-523-1172
Union R. B. Winter State Park
17215 Buffalo Road
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
April-October
Monday-Friday
Weekends May 30-August 31
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
R. B. Winter State Park Park Office
570-966-1455
Union West End Library
45 Ball Park Road
Laurelton, PA 17835
Monday, Thursday
1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Friday
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West End Library 570-922-4773
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SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
County Location Season/Hours of Operation Sponsor Contact
Blair Blair County Conservation District
1407 Blair St.
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
    814-696-0879 x5
Cumberland Pine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA
Contact the park Pine Grove Furnace State Park Park Office
717-486-7174
Perry Colonel Denning State Park
Nature Center
Mid-April to Labor Day
7 days/week
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Colonel Denning State Park Park Office
717-776-5272
Perry Little Buffalo State Park
Park Office
720 Gill Hill Road
Newport, PA
April-September
Daily
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Little Buffalo State Park Jeff Woleslagle
717-567-9255
York Codorus State Park
1066 Blooming Grove Rd.
Hanover, PA
Contact the park Friends of Codorus State Park Park Office
717-637-2816
York Gifford Pinchot State Park
Campground Office
Daily
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gifford Pinchot State Park Park Office
717-432-5011
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NORTHEAST REGION
County Location Season/Hours of Operation Sponsor Contact
Bradford Mount Pisgah State Park
Concession Stand, Pool,
Park Office  
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Daily
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mount Pisgah State Park Nicole Carman
570-297-2734
Carbon Mauch Chunk Lake Park
625 Lentz Trail
Jim Thorpe PA 18229
Daily
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Carbon County Environmental Council 570-325-3669
Columbia Berwick Area YMCA
231 West Third Street
Berwick, PA 18603
Monday-Saturday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday
12 noon - 5 p.m.
Berwick Area YMCA Megan Kiliti
570-752-5981
Monroe Tobyhanna State Park
114 Campground Road
Tobyhanna PA 18466
Memorial Day-Labor Day
weekdays & Sunday
8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Spring (Trout opener thru Memorial Day)
Daily
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fall (Labor Day thru Thanksgiving)
Daily
8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Winter
by appointment only

Tobyhanna State Park Ranger Linda Lew Andowski
570-894-8336
Pike PP&L Lake Wallenpaupack
PO Box 122
Hawley PA 18428
Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 12 noon and
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
And by appointment.
Call 570-253-7076 for details.
PPL Utilities 570-253-7076
Pike Promised Land State Park
Route 390
Green Town
Thru Labor Day weekend
(after Labor Day - special request only)
Monday-Saturday
8 am. - 4 p.m.
Sunday
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Promised Land State Park 570-676-3428
Pike National Park Service
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
274 River Road
Beach Lake PA 18405
By Appointment National Park Service
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
Ingrid Peterec
570-685-4874
Pike/
Wayne
Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center
Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau
2512 Route 6
Hawley PA 18428
Labor Day to Memorial Day
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau Visitors Center Office
570-226-2141
Lackawanna Lackawanna State Park
RR 1 Box 230
Dalton, PA 18414
Seasonal - call for hours Lackawanna State Park 570-945-3239
lackawannasp@pa.gov
Luzerne Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
101 S. Main St.
Ashley, PA 18706
  Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation 570-371-3523
rhughes@epcamr.org
Luzerne Frances Slocum State Park
565 Mount Olivet Rd.
Wyoming, PA 18644
April – October
Call for availability
Frances Slocum State Park 570-696-3525
francesslocumsp@pa.gov
Luzerne

Nescopeck State Park
1137 Honey Hole Road
Drums, PA 18222

Seasonal - call for hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Note - park office may be closed at times due to staff reductions.
Nescopeck State Park 570-403-2006
nescopecksp@pa.gov
Luzerne Ricketts Glen State Park
695 State Route 487
Benton, PA 17814
570-477-5675

Memorial Day to Labor Day
Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Others times by appointment
570-477-7780

Ricketts Glen State Park Park Office
570-477-7780
Wayne/
Pike
Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center
Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau
2512 Route 6
Hawley PA 18428
Labor Day to Memorial Day
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau Visitors Center Office
570-226-2141
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SOUTHEAST REGION
County Location Season/Hours of Operation Sponsor Contact
Berks French Creek State Park
843 Park Road Elverson, PA 19520-9523

French Creek State Park 610-582-9680
Bucks Nockamixon State Park
Park Office
1542 Mountain View Drive
Quakertown, PA
Marina office
April 1-September 15
Thursday-Monday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nockamixon State Park Park Office
215-529-7300
Bucks Tyler State Park
101 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA

February-October
Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tyler State Park Park Office
215-968-3631
Chester Hibernia County Park March-November
Monday-Sunday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hibernia County Park 610-383-3812
Chester Nottingham Park   Nottingham Park 610-932-2589
Chester Springton Manor Farm March-November
Monday-Sunday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chester County Parks and Recreation 610-942-2450
Montgomery Fort Washington State Park
500 Bethlehem Pike
Fort Washington, PA

Year round
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  Park Office
215-591-5250
Montgomery Green Lane Park
2144 Snyder Rd
Green Lane, PA 18054
  Green Lane Park 215-234-4528
Northampton Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
835 Jacobsburg Rd
Wind Gap, PA 18091
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday
By appointment
  610-746-2801
Philadelphia Fairmount Park
Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House)
300 Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Monday-Friday, except major holidays
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please call to confirm staff availability

Possible weekends-call to arrange pick-up

Fairmount Park 215-685-9285
Philadelphia John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge March-November
Monday-Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge 215-365-3118
Schuylkill Tuscarora State State Park March-October
Daily
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuscarora State State Park Park Office
570-467-2402
Schuylkill Locust Lake State Park March-October
Daily
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Locust Lake State Park Contact Station
570-467-2772
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