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So Far
02-04-2011, 20:21
Wanted to know if anyone has been here? Wildlife that can be found? Any water pollution? Can u get away with camping anywhere(stealth camping).

couscous
02-04-2011, 20:45
Wanted to know if anyone has been here? Wildlife that can be found? Any water pollution? Can u get away with camping anywhere(stealth camping).

Yes, I've been there multiple times. I'm always there in the winter, don't recall seeing any wildlife except for birds. Normally I get water near the Cow Run shelter or melt snow. Wouldn't recommend trying to stealth camp.
Map of the Park (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/oilcreek/oilcreek_mini.pdf) - Rules and Regulations (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd1/groups/public/documents/document/d_001192.pdf)

11.218. Camping; overnight facilities.
(a) Camping. Placing a tent, shelter, lean-to, sleeping bag, bedding material or mobile camping unit in an area without a valid camping permit for use of that area is prohibited.
(b) Overnight facilities. Placing personal property in, or otherwise using, a cabin, yurt, walled tent, camping cottage or other overnight facility without possession of a valid permit for use of that facility is prohibited.

c.coyle
02-04-2011, 21:17
Wanted to know if anyone has been here? Wildlife that can be found? Any water pollution? Can u get away with camping anywhere(stealth camping).

Where exactly is Oil Creek?

couscous
02-04-2011, 21:26
Where exactly is Oil Creek?

Northwest PA - GoogleMap (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=41.527638,-79.656401&num=1&sll=41.544667,-79.663515&sspn=0.08017,0.153671&ie=UTF8&ll=41.527985,-79.656715&spn=0.035726,0.110378&z=10)

ki0eh
02-04-2011, 22:33
Folks seem to trout fish there so it may be cleaner than in pre-Columbian times. Used to be a big natural oil spring that discharged right into the creek but in 1859 a fake colonel took care of it by drilling a well behind it.

gumball
02-04-2011, 22:48
Many, many trips thru oil creek. Know it quite well. Bear inhabit it, as do deer, turkey, and an occasional timber rattler. Easy going, but some nice challenging areas for a novice hiker. Two sights, each with six adirondak shelters and adjacent fireplaces. Winter camping is allowed and there is often firewood through winter, courtesy of blowdowns and whatever groups are doing community service for chopping and stacking.

Anything else you would like to know? Potable water T shelter in summer and pit toilets open year round.

gumball
02-04-2011, 22:50
Where exactly is Oil Creek?

Oil Creek is in NW PA,Venango County on a map of Pa. I also wouldn't suggest stealth camping.