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About Shenango Rec Area Campground

The Shenango Recreation Area is situated within the broad, flat, meandering valleys of the Shenango River and Pymatuning Creek. Sharon, Pennsylvania is approximately 7 miles southwest and Youngstown, Ohio is about 21 miles west. Visitors to the area enjoy camping, boating and fishing.


The lake provides an attractive setting for picnicking, camping, boating or simply enjoying nature's beauty. Anglers fish for bass, walleye, muskellunge and a variety of panfish. The lake is shallow and water levels generally drop throughout the summer, especially after the Fourth of July, depending upon rainfall. The Coonie Trail is one-half mile in length. This self-guided interpretive nature trail invites visitors not only to experience the beauty of Shenango River Lake but also to learn about its varied habitats and relationships between plants, animals and humans. Shenango Lake is an unlimited horsepower lake and has six free boat launches for access. The Lakeside Picnic Shelter is located on site and can be reserved for reunions or other large gatherings.


This large campground contains over 300 campsites, many of which have electric hookups.
Flush toilets, drinking water, showers and a dump station are provided. Playgrounds, a horseshoe pit and boat ramp are on-site.
The campground is reservation only. Reservations can be be made on the day of arrival. 

Natural Features

Shenango River Lake stretches 11 miles up its namesake river, covering over 11,000 acres. The shore is lined with a northern hardwood forest of shady and colorful trees such as Black Cherry, Beech, Maple and Hemlock.

Deer, turkey and other small game animals are plentiful, with excellent opportunities to observe osprey and eagles in the area.

Nearby Attractions

The Shenango Water Trail provides 7.5 miles of scenic river corridor for paddlers, with three access points between Kidds Mill Park and Big Bend. Personal Floatation Devices must be worn on all canoes and kayaks. The historic Kidds Mill Covered Bridge features the unique "Smith-Truss" design from the 1800s. Remnants of the Erie Extension Canal can be found nearby in Sharpsville below the Shenango Dam. The Shenango and Mahaney Recreation Areas feature restoration chestnut tree orchards that are managed through a partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation for research and education, with the goal of developing blight resistant American chestnut trees. The nearby Bayview Off-Road Vehicle Area provides over 200 acres of riding trails for ATV's and dirt bikes (3.5 miles from the campground) The Chestnut Run Swim Beach is only 3 miles from the campground and offers a great area for swimming and sunbathing (NOTE: no lifeguard on duty) "The Pines" Disc Golf Course in the nearby Mahaney Recreation Area (6 miles from the campground) offers a challenging course that hosts PDGA sanctioned events The nearby Trout Island Trail in Sharpsville is a 5 mile paved trail that accomodates walking, running and cycling The Shenango Hiking Trail, on the east end of the lake, is 7.5 miles through wooded areas adjacent to the Shenango River Boat Rentals are available at the nearby RC's Marina in Clark, Pa. (1.4 miles) An ADA Fishing Pier is available in Clark, Pa. 1.4 miles from the campground.

Charges & Cancellations

A $10.00 service fee will be charged if you change or cancel a reservation. If a customer does not arrive at the campground by check-out time the day after arrival or does not cancel the reservation by the day before or day of arrival, the customer will be considered a "no-show" and may be assessed a $20.00 service fee and also forfeit use fees. If a customer cancels a reservation the day before or day of arrival they will be charged a $10.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellation for a single night's reservation will forfeit the entire use fee but not be charged the $10.00 service fee. For more information on cancellations or refunds, please visit the site or call 877-644-8777.

ADA Access: N

Fee Info
PLEASE NOTE: Only credit cards are accepted for payment. VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.
$19.00 - $34.00
US Army Corps of Engineers
Drive In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Shenango Rec Area Campground is located in Pennsylvania
41.2889 N
-80.4383 W
Get Directions
Take Exit 4B (formerly Exit 1) off I-80 and follow Route 18 north about 6 miles until you cross the lake's causeway. The park is on the left, but this is a divided highway. Continue north about 1/4 mile, take the Birchwood Drive exit, make the turn-around and go south on Route 18. Before you cross the causeway again, make a right onto West Lake Road and travel approximately 1/4 mile to the park entrance on the left. Shenango Recreation Area address: 492 West Lake Road, Transfer, Pa. 16154
3 Reviews of Shenango Rec Area Campground
Lots of sites and heavy traffic

Big and busy place. I came on a rainy week so it’s a little mixed review. I am a tent camper so I like a decent lot and I’m currently at lot 82 and it’s big but there is a large mud pit in the middle so we have limited space to put our tent. We ended up putting it on a hill a bit because we knew it would rain so it would wash pass our tent instead of inside it. But that hill backs up to the restrooms which have spot lights on them throughout the night not very good for napping. But get through that the first night and wake up to the cleaning crew lead blowing the sidewalk around the restroom at 7:00 a.m. seriously! But most sites I’ve seen around here are not tent friendly this is definitely to big of a campground for me lots of traffic on crampground roads. Might come back but not at that site.

Great family and pet friendly campground

We came here for years to the overnight sites and loved it so much that we decided 3 years ago to get a seasonal site and have kept a seasonal site since then. The campground is very family and pet friendly. There is a large Olympic sized pool. You can get sunny or shaded sites. The sites have full hookups, electric, water and sewage. The campground has lots of trees. There are also large pullthrough sites for Class A RVs that are towing. The Shenango reservoir and Shenango River are close by so you can canoe, boat, tube, waterski, and fish! We highly recommend this campground.

First to Review
We love this campground! 🌞

My family and I visit Shenango Recreation Area Campground yearly. It is a great family campground.

Although reservations are not required I recommend you reserve if possible, especially if you want a site on the water or with electric.

Don't forget your bike! Bycicles are the best way to get around the park. The roads are nicely paved.

You will enjoy your stay. It is a nice balance between getting away from it all and having a grocery store nearby.