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Campus Recreation Adjustments | COVID-19
Due to the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus both locally and regionally, Stone Valley Recreation Area is providing limited services and facilities until further notice.

Open
• Day Use Area (parking lot, boat launch, individual picnic tables)
• Restrooms
• Trails
• Lake Perez: Fishing and Private Boating
- Please follow all Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations
- Stone Valley Launch permit not required at this time

Closed Until Further Notice
• Main Office
• Boat Rental Service
• Cabin Rentals
• Pavilion
• CE Lodge Rentals
• Challenge Course Programs

If you decide to visit, we ask you to take the following precautions:
• Have a mask with you at all times and use it any time you are unable to maintain distance between yourself and other visitors
• Maintain six feet distance whenever possible
• Avoid congregating in groups larger than 10
• Avoid lingering in high traffic areas, i.e. Parking Lot, Docks, Restrooms
• Observe all SVRA facility use guidelines found under “Rules and Regulations” at the bottom of this page
Attention Hikers

Stone Valley Recreation Center is a natural treasure nestled in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania (17 miles from the University Park campus). Scenic mountains, wooded trails, and abundant amenities make Stone Valley a favored destination.  Students, organizations, adults, children, families, residents, out-of-state visitors, passersby all find a reason to pause and take in its beauty.

Boating

Head offshore and explore Stone Valley from a different perspective. Discover beautiful views and enjoy calmness unique to being on the waters of 72-acre Lake Perez.  Consider spending a portion or all of your day on the lake.

Stone Valley offers a comprehensive Boat Rental Service that includes paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats. The rental season typically runs from Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in October but is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Launch Permits and Mooring Permits are available to purchase for those wishing to use personal watercraft on the lake.  Daily and Season Launch Permits may be purchased at the park office.  Mooring Permits are available for those who wish to store their boat at the lake.  Private boats may operate using electric trolling motors only.

Fishing

Enjoy the day fishing from shore or by boat for a variety of species (trout, bass, pickerel, sunfish, catfish, and others) found in Lake Perez. All Pennsylvania fishing regulations apply and a valid PA Fishing License with a Trout Stamp is required.

Hiking

Explore our twenty-plus miles of hiking trails or utilize spur trails to gain access to even more hiking in the Rothrock State Forest. Circumnavigate Lake Perez on the Lake Trail, a 2.9-mile loop that will take you through the Stone Valley Recreation Area and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

Rentals

Stone Valley has a variety of facilities and boats available for rent to individuals, families, or large groups.  Some facilities may only be available at certain times of the year or to certain groups. For more thorough descriptions and pricing of our rentals, please view the criteria below.

Cabins

Cabin Rentals are great for families and other groups who want to connect with the outdoors. Four-bed and six-bed cabins include a refrigerator, clothes dresser, bunk beds with mattresses (linens not included), table and chairs, campfire grill, and picnic table.

Membership Status Non-Peak Nightly Rates Peak Nightly Rates
Campus Recreation Non-Member $115 $253
Campus Recreation Member $105 $231
Departments $95 $209
Students $60 $132

*A two-night minimum stay is required with cabins. Peak-rate nights apply for: Fall Move-In Weekend, Home Football Weekends, Parents' Weekend, Graduation Week (Spring and Summer), Memorial Day Weekend, July 4 Week, Arts Fest Week, Labor Day Weekend, Opening Week of Trout Season.

Pavilions

Pavilion Rentals are great for family reunions, company picnics, or other groups. The boathouse pavilion can accommodate groups of up to 18 people while the large pavilion can accommodate up to 80 people. Both pavilions have electricity and access to the sand volleyball court and public restrooms. The large pavilion also includes a large charcoal grill and fire circle at the pavilion. Charcoal grills are available near the small pavilion.

MI Picnic Pavilion Four Hours
Campus Recreation Non-Member $115
Campus Recreation Member $105
University $95
Students $60
MI Pavilion Add-Ons Additional Hours
Campus Recreation Non-Member $25/hr.
Campus Recreation Member $20/hr.
University $15/hr.
Students $10/hr.
Civil Engineering Camp

The Civil Engineering Lodge provides meeting space for a wide variety of group events, including conferences, workshops, retreats, wedding receptions, family reunions, and group picnics. Amenities include a large meeting room with hardwood floors and a stone fireplace, a smaller meeting room, office, commercial kitchen, inside restrooms, small covered pavilion, and fire circle. Overnight rentals can be accommodated through the rental of up to twelve adjacent 6-bed cabins, two bathhouses are available for larger groups and overnight rentals. Outbuildings and overnight rentals are only available from April 1 to October 31.

CE Lodge Base Rate Up to 4 Hours
Campus Recreation Non-Member $575
Campus Recreation Member $550
University $520
Students $400
CE Lodge Special Event Base Rate Up to 4 Hours
Campus Recreation Non-Member $1,150
Campus Recreation Member $1,100
University $1,040
Students $800
CE Lodge, Add-Ons Additional Hours
Campus Recreation Non-Member $110
Campus Recreation Member $105
University $100
Students $50
CE Lodge, Special Event Add-Ons Additional Hours
Campus Recreation Non-Member $220
Campus Recreation Member $210
University $200
Students $100
CE Cabins Per Cabin, Per Night
Campus Recreation Non-Member $120
Campus Recreation Member $120
University $60
Students $60
CE Cabins, Special Event Per Cabin, Per Night
Campus Recreation Non-Member $240
Campus Recreation Member $240
University $120
Students $120

 

Boat Rentals
Canoes Hourly Rate
Campus Recreation Non-Member $15
Campus Recreation Member $13.50
Students $10
Rowboats Hourly Rate
Campus Recreation Non-Member $15
Campus Recreation Member $13.50
Students $10
Stand Up Paddleboards Hourly Rate
Campus Recreation Non-Member $18
Campus Recreation Member $16.20
Students $12
Kayaks Hourly Rate
Campus Recreation Non-Member $15
Campus Recreation Member $13.50
Students $10
Tandem Kayaks Hourly Rate
Campus Recreation Non-Member $18
Campus Recreation Member $16.20
Students $12
Pedal Boats | 2-Person Half-Hourly Rate
Campus Recreation Non-Member $10.50
Campus Recreation Member $9.45
Students $7
Pedal Boats | 4-Person Half-Hourly Rate
Campus Recreation Non-Member $15
Campus Recreation Member $13.50
Students $10

*Rentals lasting more than four hours will receive a 10 percent discount.

 

Private Boat Services
Launch Permits Annual Rates
Campus Recreation Non-Member $26.50
Campus Recreation Member $18.50
Students $5
Day Permit $8.75
Annual Boat Storage | 3-Foot Space Annual Rates
Campus Recreation Non-Member $100
Campus Recreation Member $85
Students $42
Annual Boat Storage | 6-Foot Space Annual Rates
Campus Recreation Non-Member $146
Campus Recreation Member $124
Students $62
Annual Boat Storage | Trailer/Dolly Annual Rates
Campus Recreation Non-Member $200
Campus Recreation Member $170
Students $85
New Seasonal Boat Storage | 3-Foot Space Annual Rates
Campus Recreation Non-Member $60
Campus Recreation Member $51
Students $25
New Seasonal Boat Storage | 6-Foot Space Annual Rates
Campus Recreation Non-Member $88
Campus Recreation Member $74
Students $37
New Seasonal Boat Storage | Trailer/Dolly Annual Rates
Campus Recreation Non-Member $120
Campus Recreation Member $102
Students $51

 

Directions

From College Ave. in front of Old Main

From College Ave in front of Old Main

  • Follow WEST COLLEGE AVE (Rt 26 South) out of State College.
  • In Pine Grove Mills TURN LEFT at blinking yellow light (Rt 26 S)
  • Continue on Rt 26 S up, over and down the mountain.
    Caution - several sharp curves on the downhill side.
  • At bottom of mountain (9.5 miles from Old Main) TURN RIGHT
    onto CHARTER OAK ROAD
  • Follow Charter Oak Rd for ENTRANCES: EAST (1.7 miles) and WEST (3.1 miles) 
    Watch for Stone Valley Recreation Area signs

EAST ENTRANCE destinations:

  • TURN LEFT on to RED ROSE ROAD and follow park signs to your destination.

WEST ENTRANCE destinations:

  • Continue on Charter Oak Road. TURN LEFT onto LODGE LANE and follow park signs to you destination.

Rules and Regulations

General
  • Use of Campus Recreation facilities is voluntary and considered at your own risk.
  • Jewelry that presents a hazard to the user or to the facility or equipment may not be worn. Campus Recreation staff reserves the right to ask anyone to remove jewelry if potential hazards exist.
  • Patrons are encouraged to leave valuables at home. Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  • Obscene, derogatory, or hostile actions (verbal or non-verbal) will not be tolerated within Campus Recreation facilities.
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior and/or sexual misconduct is prohibited.
  • Patrons may not conduct business activities with, or solicit funds from other members, guests, or staff.
  • Patrons should be considerate of others who are looking to participate in recreational activities and share the space.
  • Equipment rentals must be returned at closing.
  • Report all incidents, accidents, and injuries to a Campus Recreation staff member.
  • Patrons are expected to follow the direction of Campus Recreation staff.
    • Refusal to obey rules and guidelines may result in removal of the facility.
    • If necessary, the department reserves the right to refuse service(s).
Schedule/Special Closures
  • Stone Valley Recreation Area (SVRA) is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. Office hours vary by season.
  • Subject to PA Fish & Boat Commission regulations, fishing is open to the public 24-hours per day.
  • Subject to PA Game Commission regulations, areas designated as open to the public for hunting and trapping are open during the hours permitted on the “bags and seasons” charts.
  • Cabins are available for overnight rental.
  • Campus Recreation may close, restrict, or limit facilities within SVRA based on facility conditions, severe weather, or other safety hazards.
  • Entering, using, or remaining in an area that is not open to the public or has been closed is prohibited
  • The fenced area around the spillway is a restricted area and is off-limits for entry by unauthorized personnel.
  • Docks will be closed through the winter and during severe weather.
Traffic & Parking
  • Observe the speed limit (25 on main roads, 15 in parking lots, along the cabins lane, and lodge lane) at all times.
  • Do not drive on any roads, lanes, or other areas posted as closed.
  • Do not operate motor vehicles off roadways or outside of designated parking areas.
  • Do not operate motor vehicles on trails, service roads, or within the picnic area.
  • No vehicle should be parked:
    • in an area not designated for parking.
    • on roadways.
    • in a restricted area.
    • in a location that obstructs gates, roads, trails, entrances, exits, or turnarounds.
    • in an area posted as closed.
    • at an overnight facility without a permit.
  • Vehicles with boat trailers must park in the designated spaces.
  • Patrons not vacating gated areas by designated closing times will be required to pay any lock-out fee assessed by the University unit providing the lock-out service.
Prohibited Activities
  • Alcoholic beverage may not be possessed, sold, or consumed.
  • Smoking is prohibited on all University properties per policy AD32. This includes all indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Overnight camping is prohibited.
  • Causing or creating a noise which would annoy or disturb a reasonable person is prohibited.
  • Swimming is prohibited.
  • No littering or otherwise disposing of trash outside of a designated receptacle.
  • No person shall possess, carry, or use any fireworks on University property.
  • Firearms are prohibited except in accordance to the Weapons & Hunting section.
Pets
  • Pets are only permitted at SVRA during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset).
  • Pets must be kept on a six-foot leash while visiting SVRA.
  • Patrons must practice responsible ownership by cleaning up after your pets. Place all pet waste in the appropriate receptacles.
  • For the safety and health of your animals, Campus Recreation recommends you do not allow your animals to swim in or drink the water out of Lake Perez. (for more information read about Blue-Green Algae and Dogs).
  • Pets are not permitted in any SVRA buildings, however, service dogs as recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act may enter buildings when performing their trained task(s).
Fires
  • Fires are permitted only in designated fire rings & grills.
  • Be mindful of fire danger levels.
  • Fires shall not be left unattended.
  • Hot charcoal/ash shall be left in the grill or fire ring.
  • Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are provided for your safety. Do not tamper with or disable any of these items.
Natural Resources
  • Damaging or removal of trees or other vegetation in whole or in part, living or dead is prohibited.
  • Feeding, harassing, or removing any animal is prohibited except in compliance with Fish and Boat, or Game Commission regulations.
  • Releasing any animal into SVRA is prohibited.
Weapons & Hunting
  • The possession, carrying, or use of any weapon, ammunition, or explosive by any person is prohibited on all property owned by the Pennsylvania State University except as provided below.
    • Weapons authorized by the Pennsylvania Games Laws may be used and possessed for hunting during hunting season by licensed hunters on non-developed wooded and farm areas of University property, and then only when not otherwise prohibited by postings.
    • Hunting, pursuing, or intentionally disturbing wildlife outside a designated hunting season is prohibited.
  • Hunting without a valid hunting license is prohibited.
  • Hunting in safety zones is prohibited.
  • Target-shooting with any device including but not limited to firearms, archery equipment or slingshots is prohibited.
Fishing
  • With the exception of trout, Lake Perez is a Catch and Release only fishing area.
  • Multiple special fishing regulations apply to Lake Perez and its tributaries, check Fish and Boat Commission Regulations for details.
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