Rules, Regulations, and how to make Reservations


The following are the rules and regulations as stated in the respective states' Parks information. There are also links contained within this information that can help you to learn more about particular topics that are covered in more detail at the state park website. You can click ahead to skip the Pennsylvania information if you want to go right to the Ohio campground information.


Pymatuning State Park, Pennsylvania

Tuttle, Linesville and Jamestown Campgrounds open in April and close in September.

Maximum Camping Period - Campers may stay in state park campgrounds for up to 14 consecutive nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Campers may camp for 21 consecutive nights during the remainder of the year.

Maximum Number of People Per Site - Site occupancy is limited to one family unit (persons living under one household) or one non-family unit limited to five persons per site. Anyone renting a campsite must be 18 years of age or older and must be present at the campsite.

Reservations - Most campsites in Pennsylvania state parks can be reserved 11 months in advance to noon of the day of arrival. If you do not have a reservation and arrive after noon, check at the contact station or near the campground entrance for a list of open sites.

Reservations can be made using MasterCard, VISA and Discover credit cards, money orders or personal, traveler's and cashier's checks. Full payment must be received within two weeks of making the reservation to receive a written confirmation by mail.

Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, for state park information and reservations.

Motor Vehicles - Only one car per campsite is allowed unless otherwise posted. Park only in designated areas.

Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all Pennsylvania state parks.

Check-in/Check-out Time - Check-in time is 3 p.m. on the first day of the rental period. Check-out time is 3 p.m. on the final day. Camping cottages must be vacated by 10 a.m.

Visitors, Quiet Hours and Noise - Visitors are welcome to your campsite from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Campers must not disturb the sleep of others between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Electric generators that create excessive noise are prohibited.

Fires - Fires are permitted only in provided fireplaces or grills. Gas and propane camp stoves are permitted. Please be careful with fire. Fires must be attended at all times and extinguished before leaving your campsite.

Firewood - Firewood is not provided, but can be purchased from the park office or a park concessionaire. Cutting live trees or standing trees and the operation of chainsaws are prohibited.

Firewood Advisory - Firewood may contain non-native insects and plant diseases. Bringing firewood into the park from other areas may accidentally spread pest insects and diseases that threaten park resources and the health of our forests. Even if you are not within a quarantine area, using local firewood is best. Do not take wood home with you and do not leave firewood - Burn It!

Handwashing - Handwashing and dishwashing are permitted only where appropriate facilities are available. Hand-washing and dishwashing are prohibited at water spigots, hand pumps, springs, lakes and streams.

Hunting - Firearms and archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment must be kept in the owner’s car, trailer or camp.

General Park Rules (Pennsylvania)

Be prepared and bring the proper equipment. Natural areas may possess hazards. You are responsible for you and your family's safety.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Please camp only in designated camping areas and try to minimize your impact on the campsite.

Your pets are welcome in many areas but are not permitted in overnight or swimming areas. Uncontrolled pets may chase wildlife or frighten visitors. Pets must be controlled and attended at all times and on a leash not exceeding six feet in length.

Do your part to keep wildlife wild! Enjoy wildlife from a safe distance and do not feed or approach wild animals.

Prevent fires by properly disposing of hot coals and having a fire in proper facilities. Do not leave a fire unattended.

Please park only in designated areas and obey all traffic regulations.

Please recycle. Place trash accumulated during your stay in proper receptacles, or take it home with you.

Soliciting and posting signs is prohibited without approval from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


Pymatuning State Park, Ohio

Rules, regulations, and information

  • Most Ohio State Park campgrounds are open year-round for four seasons of fun, though many offer limited facilities in the winter.
  • Camping reservations are encouraged, but not required, walk-ins are subject to availability
  • You can make your reservation up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
  • Campground staff will welcome you at the camp check-in when you arrive, and most parks offer self-registration for late arrivals
  • Campsites provide a parking pad, picnic table and fire ring
  • Water and restroom facilities are available in the campground
  • Campsites accommodate a tent or tents with combined floor space under 200 square feet, or a camper and a tent
  • Parking pads fit 2 cars, or a car and a camper, or up to 3 motorcycles, and vehicle passes are available at some parks for extra cars
  • Each site accommodates families or groups of up to 6
  • Visitor passes are available for guests who are not spending the night
  • You can stay up to 14 days on a campsite, and a few parks offer designated seasonal campsites
  • Most campgrounds offer dump stations free of charge to registered campers
  • Ice and firewood are available at each park, please do not collect firewood in the park
  • Each campground observes designated quiet hours