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I'd like to take the family tent camping and boating at the Allegheny National Forest. I live about 3 1/2 hours away so all my planning is in the internet. Does anyone have advice where to go? We would like to camp 2 or 3 nights and run the pontoon boat around during the day. We pull the kids on the tube, but no waterskiing. We'd also like to do a little fishing. It's a big place with lots of info on it, but I'd like a little insider advice if you can spare it!!

We'd be going in late June or July. I also have the option of going during the week if the crowds are too unbearable.

Thanks for any information!!

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Kinzua has excellent Boat in only campgrounds, as well as lakefront drive in campgrounds with mooring. ALthough the lake gets some traffic, it would be a great lake for a pontoon boat. if you can swing a "during the week trip" I would recommend it.
 

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What are some of the lake front drive-in ones? I like the idea of having mooring available too. You save a lot of time avoiding the launch ramp lines.
 

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I believe Wolfs Marina is pretty convenient and has mooring. It is right on Rt 59.
 

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Kinzua...you wont be disappointed!
 

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We stayed at Willow Bay last year, I didn't care for it at all, my boat was 100 yards from my campsite, and we were the only people there who wern't speaking a foreign language.
 

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Here is another twist you guys may be able to help with...
Do you know of any cabins/cottages/motels that are on the water or very close? I'm thinking something along the lines of some of the Canada/NY fishing lodges I've been too.
 

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There are no cabins on the water that I know of. Down by Red Bridge, there is the South Branch Rentals which are close. You can also rent houseboats up at the Wolf Run Marina.
 

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If you don't mind camping, look at Red Bridge. There are spots along the campground where you can "beach" your pontoon, no problem. If you are looking to rent a cabin right on the water, the ANF is not your spot. I'd look at Chautauqua Lake. I'd think you could find something there.
 

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"Try Kiasutha Campground. Stayed there. It's nice."

I'm very glad to hear that. I'm taking my kids there for a couple nights the week after the Fourth.
 

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Red Bridge near Kane off Route 321 or Kiasutha off Longhouse Scenic Drive would both be a good start. Kiasutha has a boat launch, a swimming area and paved parking pads. Red Bridge is not quite as developed (at least the last time I was there.) There is a boat in only camping area on the north side of the Kinzua arm of the reservior farther up from Kiasutha, but I can't remember what it was called.
 

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WexfordBowhunter said:
There is a boat in only camping area on the north side of the Kinzua arm of the reservior farther up from Kiasutha, but I can't remember what it was called.
I believe that is the Morrison Run campground.
 

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Handsome Lake, Hooks Brook, Hopewell, Morrison, and Pine Grove are all boat to campgrounds on the reservoir. Dew Drop has a boat launch as well.
 
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