Hunting Opportunities at Raystown Lake for 2020, 2021 Season

Published Sept. 23, 2020
Updated: Sept. 23, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake announces the opening of the following access roads to accommodate upcoming hunting seasons. 

The following gate will be open from Oct. 3 – Dec. 12, 2020:

  • High Germany Road (Gate 28 - off Old Plank Road)

The following gates will be open from Oct. 17 – Dec. 12, 2020:

  • Hawns Bridge Road (Gate 1 - end of Hawns Bridge Road)
  • Susquehannock Campground Road (Gate 8 - off Bakers Hollow Road)
  • Upper Corners Road (Gate 13 - off Upper Corners Road)
  • Fink Road (Gate 27 - off John Bum Road)
  • Miller Farm Road (Gate 35 - end of Weaver Falls Road)


    The following gates will be open from Nov. 28 – Dec. 12, 2020:

  • Bowsers Orchard Road (Gate 5 - off of Bakers Hollow Road)
  • Susquehannock/Bowsers Orchard Connector Road (Gate 7)
  • Nancy’s Camp Road (Gate 26)

The Corps may temporarily close these gated roads depending on weather, road conditions or other special activities. There is no off-season maintenance on these roadways; vehicle operators will be traveling at their own risk. Other outdoor recreational users, such as nature observers, mountain bikers, and hikers, may also use the open roads for vehicle access during this period. The Allegrippis Trails System will only be closed for the deer regular firearms season Nov. 28 – Dec. 12, 2020.

The Corps urges all visitors to always wear orange when in open hunting areas, to be aware of your surroundings and to always positively identify your target.

All Corps’ lands at Raystown Lake are within Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 4A. In addition, all Corps’ land open to public hunting is enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).  DMAP Unit 2831 includes all Corps’ land to the west of the lake, covering a total of 14,496 acres. DMAP Unit 2832 includes all Corps’ land to the east of the lake, covering a total of 5,144 acres.

Portable hunting stands or blinds may be placed overnight on Corps’ lands beginning two weeks prior to the opening of the first deer season and must be removed no later than two weeks after the close of the last deer season within WMU 4A. Any stand or blind that is not properly marked and removed at the end of the season, or damages government property is subject to enforcement, in addition to removal and impoundment.

All portable hunting blinds or stands placed overnight on Corps’ lands must be conspicuously marked with a durable identification tag that legibly sets forth the owners’ first name, last name and legal home address in English. A tag bearing a number issued by the PGC can be used in place of a tag bearing the name and address of the stands’ owner. This may include a valid PGC Customer Identification Number (CID) issued with their hunting license or a PGC Equipment Identification number. Tags attached to these stands or blinds shall be readily visible.

Following the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in both captive and free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania, an executive order was issued by the PGC to establish Disease Management Areas (DMAs). All Corps’ property at Raystown Lake is within DMA 2, which covers approximately 7,470 square miles. The PGC is offering free testing of deer taken in any DMA. If you harvest a deer in a DMA, please deposit the deer’s head, with your completed harvest tag affixed to the deer’s ear, at one of the head collection containers. Hunters should receive test results 10-21 days after submitting their head. Please be informed on CWD and aware of the rules and restrictions for hunting within a DMA. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission, CWD website.

All PGC and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations apply. For more information on Raystown Lake’s natural resource management, visit the natural resource programs website or call 814- 658-3405.   


Glenn E. Werner, Raystown Lake Forester

Release no. 20-023