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  • Family-run site with direct access to Lake Arthur
  • Heated outdoor pool, games room and shop
  • Kids' gem mine, kids' club and play area

Ever been to lovely Lake Arthur? Part of the 16,725-acre Moraine State Park, these Pennsylvania waters make up a manmade reservoir that's a smashing spot for hot air ballooning, windsurfing, sailing, boating and fishing.

You can ice boat here too in the colder months, or cast out a line any time of year to land bass, catfish and other specimens… and also around are a couple of beaches, numerous opps for pleasure cruises, and quite a lot of wildlife watching (ospreys and bald eagles are frequently spotted here).

With direct access to the lake and covering almost 60 acres of agricultural land tract along Moraine State Park's south-western border is Bear Run Campground, a family-run business carefully managed by owners June and Robert since 1975. It was designed to fit in with its scenic and green surroundings, as well as to cover a wide range of amenities to make stays comfy.

Among the facilities are a heated outdoor pool and a TV and games room; for kids, there's a play area, a kids' club and – they'll think they've struck gold – a gem mine.

Bear Run Campground also has a convenience store and free wifi. Campfires are allowed.

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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed




Spectacular scenery


Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby


Large (51-200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

Seasonal sites

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers


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  • 184 Badger Hill Road, Portersville, Pennsylvania, USA, 16051
  • Timezone America/New_York Eastern Standard Time (GMT-05:00)   GPS 40.9289°N 80.1243°W


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Get out on and around the lake first: Lake Arthur has heaps of things to do all year round, from ice fishing and ice boating to summer sailing and windsurfing. Regattas and races are regularly held by the lake's sailing club.

Hiking, mountain biking and horse riding are all available around the Moraine State Park: try the three-mile Hilltop Trail near the Bear Run Boat Launch, the Sunken Garden Trail passing along the edge of Lake Arthur, and the Pleasant Valley Trail, on the lake's south shore.

For museums, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Harmony Historic District with museum and the Andy Warhol Museum are all good options, while for family days, you could try the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Living Treasures Wild Animal Park and the National Aviary.

Disc golfers have a lot to pick from nearby, with courses at Knob Hill Park, Moraine State Park and Slippery Rock University. Dirt track racing is available at Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Bear Run Campground have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Bear Run Campground dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Bear Run Campground? Get out on and around the lake first: Lake Arthur has heaps of things to do all year round, from ice fishing and ice boating to summer sailing and windsurfing. Regattas and … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Bear Run Campground?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  4 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  2 p.m.
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Terms and conditions

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A charge of US$0,25 (R4,75) applies for the use of the shower.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Pitches: a US$20,00 (R377,63) deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 26/05 et 05/09 (subject to weather conditions).

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.