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Raystown-Lake is the largest lake in the state of Pennsylvania, and is located in the south-central part of the state. It was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by damming the Raystown Branch Juniata River to primarily control floods, provide electricity and for the purpose of bringing visitors to the area for recreational activities. The lake encompasses 8,300 acres and offers swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing and scuba diving. There are also several campsites around the lake, hiking trails, boat launches and restaurants. The surrounding land is still owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, therefore it has never been developed residentially. There are summer homes near the lake - but not right on the waterfront. This makes it a scenic, natural area for visitors, with beautiful wooded hills around the lake and right down to the shoreline. Another attraction near Raystown Lake is the Sheep Rock Shelter archaeological area. Originally a wide ledge over the Juniata River that provided shelter from the elements, human remains from as long as 6000 years ago have been excavated. Raystown Lake is also said to be home to a Loch Ness Monster-type creature called Raystown Ray. Supposedly, a photo of this creature was featured on the Syfy program, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files. Since the lake is man-made, it's highly unlikely such a creature exists. A spectacular fireworks display is held at the Raystown Lake Resort on Memorial Day Weekend, July 3rd and the Sunday before Labor Day.

Surrounding areas: Altoona, Pennsylvania (18.8 mi), Blue Knob, Pennsylvania (24.4 mi), McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania (31.0 mi), Bedford, Pennsylvania (32.9 mi), Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania (33.3 mi), Mercersburg, Pennsylvania (39.1 mi)

Raystown Lake Vacation Rentals

Raystown Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn100 S 4th StHuntingdon, PA8.6 mi.(814) 643-1600
Days Inn Huntingdon4TH St & US Rt 22Huntingdon, PA8.7 mi.(814) 643-3934
Vista Vu MotelRR 3 Box 284Huntingdon, PA8.7 mi.(814) 643-2544
Comfort Inn130 Patchway RdDuncansville, PA17.6 mi.(814) 693-1800
Motel 61500 Sterling StAltoona, PA17.7 mi.(814) 946-7601
Ramada Inn Altoona1 Sheraton DrAltoona, PA17.7 mi.(814) 946-1631
Super 8 Motel3535 Fairway DrAltoona, PA17.8 mi.(814) 942-5350
Wye Motor Lodge200 N & 220 Buisness StDuncansville, PA18.4 mi.(814) 695-4407
Altoona Courtyard By Marriott2 Convention Center DrAltoona, PA18.8 mi.(814) 312-1800
Econo Lodge2906 Pleasant Vly BlvdAltoona, PA18.8 mi.(814) 944-3555
Hampton Inn-altoona180 Charlotte DrAltoona, PA18.8 mi.(814) 941-3500
Holiday Inn Express3306 Pleasant Vly BlvdAltoona, PA18.8 mi.(814) 944-9661
Quality Inn2915 Pleasant Vly BlvdAltoona, PA18.8 mi.(814) 944-4581
Comfort Inn16550 Lincoln HwyBreezewood, PA25.0 mi.(814) 735-2200
Econo Lodge16547 Lincoln HwyBreezewood, PA25.0 mi.(814) 735-4341
Holiday Inn Express16503 Lincoln HwyBreezewood, PA25.0 mi.(814) 735-7666
Best Western InnHC 2 Box 7Breezewood, PA27.1 mi.(814) 735-4352
Ramada Inn BreezewoodUS Rte 30Breezewood, PA27.1 mi.(814) 735-4005
Nittany Budget Motel2070 Cato AveState College, PA29.0 mi.(814) 238-0015

Raystown Lake Weather & Climate

East Central Pennsylvania has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm to hot with humidity, falls and springs are generally mild, and winters are cold with snow although the snowfall is variable. Some winters bring only a dusting of snow, while others bring several major snowstorms. The average annual snowfall is 19.3 inches. Precipitation is generally spread throughout the year, with eight to eleven wet days per month. In summer, it's common to have heat waves accompanied by high humidity and thunderstorms. Severe weather is possible, in the form of blizzards in the wintertime and tornados in the summer, although these type of storms are not the norm.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 35°F 17°F 2.54 in. -
February 38°F 19°F 2.23 in. -
March 47°F 26°F 3.24 in. -
April 59°F 36°F 3.24 in. -
May 70°F 45°F 4.08 in. -
June 79°F 54°F 3.91 in. -
July 83°F 59°F 3.36 in. -
August 82°F 57°F 3.19 in. -
September 74°F 50°F 3.29 in. -
October 63°F 39°F 3.26 in. -
November 50°F 32°F 3.29 in. -
December 39°F 24°F 2.62 in. -

Raystown Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County airport (JST) located about 39 miles west of Raystown Lake in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Eastern Wv Regional Shepherd Field (MRB) located approximately 67 miles south of Raystown Lake in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Arnold Palmer Regional airport (LBE) located roughly 69 miles west of Raystown Lake in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and finally the Harrisburg International airport (MDT) located around 71 miles east of Raystown Lake in Harrisburg ( Middletown ), Pennsylvania.

Raystown Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Lakemont ParkAltoonaPA18.8 mi.
DelGrosso's Amusement ParkTiptonPA21.0 mi.
Williams Grove ParkMechanicsburgPA58.1 mi.
Idlewild ParkLigonierPA61.1 mi.
HersheyparkHersheyPA76.1 mi.
KnoebelsElysburgPA87.5 mi.
Water Parks
Sandcastle Water ParkPittsburghPA100.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Standing Stone Golf ClubHuntingdonPA8.4 mi.
Sylvan Hills Golf CourseHollidaysburgPA15.5 mi.
Scenic Valley Golf CourseFinleyvillePA16.3 mi.
Sinking Valley Country ClubAltoonaPA17.8 mi.
Iron Masters Country ClubRoaring SpringPA18.2 mi.
Greenwood Golf CourseAltoonaPA18.3 mi.
Park Hills Country ClubAltoonaPA18.3 mi.
Blue Knob Golf ClubClaysburgPA19.8 mi.
King Valley Golf CourseImlerPA25.7 mi.
Summit Country ClubCressonPA26.8 mi.
Down River Golf CourseEverettPA29.2 mi.
Immergrun Golf ClubLorettoPA29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Blue KnobClaysburgPA19.7 mi.
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA39.1 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD87.5 mi.
Ski SawmillMorrisPA94.0 mi.
Ski DentonCoudersportPA96.8 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA114.6 mi.
State Parks
Trough Creek State ParkPA4.3 mi. 
Canoe Creek State ParkPA11.9 mi. 
Warriors Path State ParkPA15.3 mi. 
Whipple Dam State ParkPA24.3 mi. 
Big Spring State ParkPA24.6 mi. 
Greenwood Furnace State ParkPA25.2 mi. 
Blue Knob State ParkPA26.8 mi. 
Cowans Gap State ParkPA27.5 mi. 
Fowler Hollow State ParkPA27.9 mi. 
Prince Gallitzin State ParkPA30.8 mi. 
Penn Roosevelt State ParkPA31.4 mi. 
Black Moshannon State ParkPA35.6 mi. 
Colonel Denning State ParkPA36.6 mi. 
Shawnee State ParkPA37.6 mi. 
Juniata College Museum of ArtHuntingdonPA8.7 mi.(Art)
Frost Entomological MuseumState CollegePA31.3 mi.(Science)
Old Bedford VillageBedfordPA32.9 mi.(History)
Johnstown Flood MuseumJohnstownPA43.9 mi.(History)
Jimmy Stewart MuseumIndianaPA58.3 mi.(History)
Compass Inn MuseumLaughlintownPA59.4 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA76.1 mi.
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA80.3 mi.
Pittsburgh ZooPittsburghPA100.3 mi.
National Aviary in PittsburghPittsburghPA100.3 mi.
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA100.8 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD108.5 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD108.5 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC116.7 mi.

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