The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) owns and manages Shikellamy State Park. The Park consists of Shikellamy’s Overlook, and the Shikellamy Marina. The Marina is 54-acres of the sourthern portion of Packer’s Island, and lies at the confluence, where the main stem turns south, and its tributary, the West Branch Susquehanna River enters the main stem. The Marina portion of the Park includes a building originally intended to serve as a marina for power boaters using “Lake Augusta.”
DCNR is in the process of designing plans to remodel the Marina to include public exhibit space, classroom/meeting rooms, as well as a scientific research station.SRHCES members have been provided the opportunity to help inform the design process and discuss options for using the research station.
This $4.5million project will not only provide the opportunity for more environmental education by the State Park, but also allow the Researchers and Partners to use the Marina to collect and process samples, as part of their research. This facility and its access to the River will create a focal point for researchers working on the River. Based on the current schedule, the research station would be open and fully functional for the summer 2013 field season.
To learn more about Shikellamy State Park and the activities available, visit DCNR