New Island Camping Opportunity South of Harrisburg
Sassafras Island, now owned by Dauphin County, is now available for primitive camping. The island is on the river between Middletown and Royalton and close to the Harrisburg International Airport (see Google inset map). A site on the island has been prepared with the same basic amenities (fire ring, marker post, logbook box, signage) found on river trail islands between Sunbury and Harrisburg. Leave No Trace camping guidelines apply.
The site can be easily accessed from the PA Fish and Boat Commission launch at the mouth of Swatara Creek or, for a longer expedition, from a boat launch in Steelton. Through paddlers trying to reach the site from Harrisburg must portage the Dock Street Dam. Also note that the York haven Dam is encountered a few miles downstream of Sassafras Island.Sassafras Island coordinates: 40°10'54.4"N 76°45'14.3"W or 40.181764 -76.753986
Island Steward: Dave Graybill 717-805-3031 email@example.com
New Fort Halifax Campsite information.
The fee for use of the site is $10 payable to Halifax Township per stay and an application is needed for each stay. Please mail the check along with the application to Halifax Township, 102 Fisher Street, Halifax, PA 17032. Once received, the Permit Officer will issue the Permit which needs to be displayed. Allow ample time for processing.
Fort Halifax Park Camping Guidelines
Fort Halifax Park Overnight Camping Permit: Application & Liability Waiver
In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report serious campsite problems (e.g. vandalism), contact Ranger Brian Price, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry, at 570-527-1930 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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