Friends of Shawnee
Celebrating & Supporting
Shawnee State Park - Schellsburg, PA
A Chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks & Forest Foundation
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
- William Wordsworth
Who We Are
Friends of Shawnee is a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation, the official 501-c3 non-profit partner of Pennsylvania's State Parks and State Forests.
The PPFF mission is to promote and support the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania's state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism.
The Friends of Shawnee is a group of volunteers who support this mission locally.
Fireworks on the Lake
What We Do
The Friends of Shawnee supports the PPFF mission locally by developing and/or supporting programs and events that celebrate Shawnee State Park. We hope to encourage more people to use this wonderful local resource.
These events include: Fireworks on the Lake, Art in the Park and Kids' Fishing Derbies and more. (Look for new events like movie night, concerts and fun walk/run events to come!)
We also work to promote the Outdoor Activities and Programs planned by Park Naturalists and in support of the Park Manager and Rangers and to educate the public about the many opportunities available at Shawnee State Park.
Check back often for updates or visit our Facebook page for the latest information.
Dawn to Dusk
Photographer John Soulnier captured this beautiful sunset moment near the boat launch. Shawnee State Park is open from dawn to dusk.
Fireworks on the Lake
The Friends of Shawnee are proud to present our signature annual event: Fireworks on the Lake, a special night to enjoy the park after dark. Always held on Independence Day weekend (but not on the 4th) - the fireworks are launched from the breast of the dam. The event is FREE but donations are welcome to help the Friends of Shawnee cover the cost of this great community event. The 2016 fireworks are scheduled for Saturday, July 2nd at dusk (approx. 10pm.)
Eagles at Shawnee
Shawnee State Park is home to at least one family of eagles, which have been seen regularly over the last few years. See if you can spot one of these majestic raptors on your next visit to the park!
Art in the Park
Local artists captured the spirit of Shawnee for a wonderful outdoor-themed exhibit. The park beach house was transformed into a beautiful art gallery featuring more than 100 works of art: paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry and more. Much of the art was for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Friends of Shawnee programs. Look for Art in the Park to return in 2016, opening for the Fireworks on July 2nd and closing Labor Day weekend.
This goose fence was added to the park in 2015 to keep the intrusive geese out of the swimming area. It has worked, keeping the beach area cleaner and keeping the geese safe from human touch.
This mother raccoon has started looking for food during the day and even approaches park guests. Please don't feed her - she needs to find food on her own so she can feed her family when park guests leave. Thank you!
A focal point of the park is the 451-acre Shawnee Lake. Shawnee Lake is stocked with warm-water game fish. Common game species are smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, catfish, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, sunfish, sucker, bullhead and carp. An ADA accessible fishing pier is by the Diehl Parking Lot.
Visit Shawnee State Park and you'll have the opportunity to see lots of wildlife! Squirrels, deer, rabbits, raccoons, snakes, chipmunks and even black bear life on or near park grounds. Remember: you are a visitor to the park - this is their home. Please respect the wildlife.
Fishing in the Dark
Did you know that fishing is allowed at Shawnee State Park all night?
Fun for All Ages
All ages of visitors can enjoy Shawnee State Park. This playground is located near the swimming area.
The park offers a wide variety of educational programs, both environmental and outdoor recreational. All of these programs can be found online on the DCNR calendar of events (see link below.) Equipment for all outdoor recreational programs is supplied for participants. Equipment is offered on a first come basis for most programs except kayaking. You are always welcome to bring your own equipment if available.
Shawnee State Park is home to many geese, who love the lake and raise their young here until it's time to fly south for the winter. Enjoy watching them, but please don't touch or feed the geese.