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Montour Preserve

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700 Preserve Rd, Danville, PA 17821-7909
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Great fishing spots but heard

I fished there this summer and was practically alone. This is a manmade reservoir, non-power only... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Chris M
Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Great place to get away and hike, picnic, or kayak. There is a trail that goes around the lake with... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2016
Patricia T
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The Montour Preserve offers a wide range of year-round opportunities for free, family-friendly outdoor activities. With a variety of fields, forests and streams and features like the sugar shack, fossil pit, boat launch, fishing pier, wildlife observation blinds, visitors’ center / environmental education center, pavilions, children’s play areas, more than ten miles of trails and much more, all centered around the Preserve’s signature feature – the 165-acre Lake Chillisquaque – the Montour Preserve offers something for everyone. Enjoy ice fishing, cross-country skiing, maple sugaring, birding, nature study, photography, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking, trail running, fossil collecting, quiet reflection ………. the possibilities are nearly endless!
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good14%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“nature center” (6 reviews)
“picnic areas” (5 reviews)
“family picnic” (3 reviews)
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700 Preserve Rd, Danville, PA 17821-7909
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

I fished there this summer and was practically alone. This is a manmade reservoir, non-power only. I heard that ppl is selling the nearby powerplant to Talen and the preserves future is uncertain...there were a few articles about this in the local paper. Anyway, its...More

1  Thank Chris M
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Great place to get away and hike, picnic, or kayak. There is a trail that goes around the lake with beautiful views. They have covered pavilions and tables to have a family picnic. The place area is very clean.

1  Thank Patricia T
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We love this place. Nice pavillions, play area for children, peace and quiet, plenty of nature, beautiful lake

1  Thank Jas N
Reviewed 13 August 2016

If you've grown up around "The Lake," it's played an integral part of your life. From birthdays, graduations, hiking, fishing, weddings- You've been to The Lake at least once in your life. I grew up only a few miles from the Preserve, and I've visited...More

1  Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a great place to take the family. Hiking, fishing, picnicking, watching wildlife, photography, and nature study are just a few of the things to do here. The nesting bald eagles and there young are often seen flying over the Lake. The Visitors Center...More

2  Thank bills2cents
Reviewed 14 July 2016

The preserve is a nice little place to visit. Many like to kayak or canoe on the lake. There is a playground for children, public restrooms, and a visitor center. There is plenty of parking. Hiking trails are available There are public restrooms and the...More

1  Thank Linda A
Reviewed 28 June 2016

My family goes here regularly for kayaking and fishing..has great picnic areas and playground for the kids. Plenty of walking trails too with lots of wildlife!

1  Thank melonyrose
Reviewed 27 April 2016

This is a place that stays in your heart - beautiful, tranquil, rejuvenating. Even if you do nothing but sit and enjoy the view, it's well worth the visit.

1  Thank Holly B
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

The PPL montour preserve is a very beautiful place all times of the year. It includes a lake, an island, and a large forest. Also, there is much wildlife there. I strongly recommend visiting the Preserve if you are in the area.

1  Thank RobikaUSA
Reviewed 20 March 2016

One of the nicest place to walk and relax in the area. Easy to get to, but a hidden gem. Picnic area available.

1  Thank Jerry F
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Debbie E
20 September 2016|
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Response from Bob_Stoudt | Property representative |
Debbie - thank you for checking. Though permits had at one time been required to use watercraft at Lake Chillisquaque, that is no longer the case. Instead, we now encourage boaters to get a voluntary launch tag that they... More
Stephen F
23 August 2016|
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Response from Bob_Stoudt | Property representative |
Stephen, thanks for checking. As other reviewers have noted, you can find the map and other details about the Montour Preserve's Fossil Pit on our website under the 'fossil pit' menu item. To make a tax-deductible... More
22 August 2016|
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Response from Bob_Stoudt | Property representative |
Thank you for checking. As other reviewers have noted, watercraft rentals are not yet available at the Montour Preserve. However, several local outfitters will be glad to assist you. Please consider contacting Canoe... More