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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • State park provides many activities

  • COUNTY - The Wayne County Tourism Promotion Committee held two tours in the county starting with the northern part of the county.
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  • COUNTY - The Wayne County Tourism Promotion Committee held two tours in the county starting with the northern part of the county.
    The guided bus tour was led by local historian Tom Kennedy.
    “We want to share the wonderful history, heritage and culture of Northeastern Pennsylvania,” he said. “The intent of these tours is to acquaint you with all the great places we have. Our hope is that you can inform people [about these places].”
    Included on the tour was a stop at Prompton State Park. The park provides boat launching and picnicking facilities to the 290-acre Prompton Lake, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    Twelve different hiking trails are also available, totaling 26 miles.
    Other available activities include boating, kayaking, paddling, fishing, hunting, disc golf, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and sledding.
    There are also accommodations for people with disabilities as well as picnic facilities and a pavilion.
    Prompton State Park allows boats with up to 10 hp motors. Rules and regulations from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission must be followed and motorboats must have a current boat registration on display.
    Prompton Lake is a warm-water fishery that includes crappie, yellow perch and largemouth and smallmouth bass.
    Most of the park allows hunting, trapping and dog training. Common game includes deer and turkey.
    However, Prompton State Park prohibits the hunting of woodchucks. Dog training is only permitted from the day after Labor Day until March 31.
    Rules and regulations from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission must be followed.
    A list of rules and regulations for boating, fishing and hunting can be found at ttp://www.fish.state.pa.us/.
    Promoting the park
    The Friends of Prompton State Park is a nonprofit organization that has a mission to “promote the restoration, maintenance, and improvement of the park's facilities to increase tourism to Wayne County and the
surrounding areas.”
    It was formed in 1996.
    “It's a beautiful state park,” said Paul Mang, president of the Friends of Prompton State Park.
    He said they are working on getting more people to come to the park and take advantage of all it has to offer.
    Mang stated a lot of businesses are now giving donations to keep the park up and running, but added it's important to bring people to the area.
    “I work a lot and our board works a lot,” Mang said. “We're all volunteers. All of the trails are maintained by volunteers.
    Page 2 of 2 - “If we can’t get people to stay at our facilities we have to figure out a way to market.”
    He added that Wayne County is surrounded by the Delaware River, which is one of the five cleanest rivers in the United States.
    “You don't need releases to do rafting there,” Mang stated. “Even when it's bone dry you can paddle the Delaware.”
    Wayne County also has the most miles of dirt roads in Pennsylvania and nearly 30,000 miles for public hunting.
    “It isn't all about Prompton State Park,” Mang said. “It's about Wayne County.”
    Prompton State Park has 1,700 acres that is state land. Mang stated the state recently purchased another piece of property on the northern end of the park.
    “The state has plans,” he said, “so we as a community have to start planning for the future.
    “We have a tool to work with but we all have to work together to pull this off.”
    The state gave the park a $5,000 operational budget, which will help with more signage to help people know where access areas are.
    “There is a future here that everybody can benefit from,” Mang said.
    For more information on the Friends of Prompton State Park visit http://www.friendsofprompton.com/.
    Information on Prompton State Park can also be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/prompton/.

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