Celebrate National Outdoors Month!

Celebrate Natonal Outdoors Month!

“The United States is blessed with a wealth of natural diversity that remains at the heart of who we are as a people. … Our natural surroundings animate the American spirit, fuel discovery and innovation, and offer unparalleled opportunities for recreation and learning. During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate the land entrusted to us by our forebears and resolve to pass it on safely to future generations.”
-President Barack Obama

What better way to participate in National Outdoors Month with friends and family than at PPL’s environmental preserves?  Our preserves offer camping facilities, miles of hiking trails, boating, picnic areas, geocaching and much more for your outdoor adventures. See you there!

 

Partial Closure of Pequea Boat Launch

lake-walle_fishing-silhouette1The Pequea boat launch will be closed Monday through Friday starting the week of Jan. 14 for an expansion and enhancement project. The boat launch will be open to boaters on Saturdays and Sundays only.

This phase of the expansion and enhancement project will run from Jan. 14 through May 15. Improvements will include expanding the facility with an additional boat launch, which will extend 100 feet out into the Susquehanna River; creation of an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant fishing platform located directly on the river; installation of a parking area for 16 trailers and five cars, including two ADA-compliant spaces; and installation of a parking area adjacent to the existing facility, which will add 12 additional trailer parking spaces.

Parking improvements will bring the total trailer parking spaces to 64 and regular parking spaces to 26.

Previous enhancements to the Pequea boat launch included new abutments for the courtesy dock; installation of an additional concrete boat ramp in the Pequea Creek; complete replacement and extension of the existing concrete boat ramp; addition of two new boat docks; and complete dredging of the Pequea Creek.

“The improvements and enhancements at Pequea are part of PPL’s commitment to provide and improve public recreation at this popular area for boating on the Susquehanna River,” said John M. Levitski, PPL’s regional community relations director for the Lancaster area.

For further information: John M. Levitski, 717-560-2533

Cold Weather Life Jacket Regulation Change

Starting November 1, 2012, boaters will be required to wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak during the cold weather months from November 1 to April 30. Boat Smart…wear your life jacket year-round! For more information on this regulation or life jackets, visit www.wearitpennsylvania.com.

Here are some cold water survival safety tips:

  • Always wear a life jacket, even when not required. Many models also offer insulation from cold air.
  • Never boat alone.
  • Leave a float plan and know the waters you plan to boat.
  • Bring a fully-charged cell phone with you in case of emergency.
  • Wear clothing that still insulates when wet such as fleece, polypropylene or other synthetics.
  • If you are about to fall into cold water, cover your mouth and nose with your hands.  This will reduce the likelihood of inhaling water.
  • If possible, stay with the boat. Get back into or climb on top of the boat.
  • While in the water, do not remove your clothing in cold water.
  • Once out of the water, get out of the wet clothes and warmed up as soon as possible.

Pequea Boat Ramp Reopening

The Pequea Boat Ramp will reopen on Nov. 21. Dredging of the Pequea Creek area, which will improve boating conditions during lower lake levels outside of normal recreation season, has been completed.

The York Furnace Boat Ramp will be closed from Nov. 28 through Dec. 21 for boat ramp rehabilitation.

“The dredging at Pequea is part of PPL’s commitment to provide and improve public recreation at this popular area for boating on the Susquehanna River,” said John M. Levitski, PPL’s regional community relations director for the Lancaster area. “As a result of completing this process, we have reopened the boat ramp at Pequea. That commitment is also the reason why we are closing the York Furnace Boat Ramp for about three weeks. The work at the York Furnace Boat Ramp will further improve recreational facilities at Holtwood.”

Fall Buoy Removal

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