Raystown Lake Region Overlooks
At 32 miles long with 118 miles of unspoiled shoreline, Raystown Lake makes the perfect vacation destination for the entire family.
Breathtaking overlook points are located up and down the entire lake, so no matter where you find yourself in the region, chances are there is one not far away.
RAYSTOWN DAM OVERLOOK (40.43285° N, -77.99930° W)
The impressive control center for the lake’s water supply can be seen at the Raystown Dam Overlook. Dedicated by Gerald R. Ford, Vice President of the United States in 1974, this spot showcases the two-bay gated spillway with two gates spanning 45 feet wide and 45 feet high. From here you can see the William F. Matson Generating Station - a hydroelectric power plant that provides electricity to thousands within the Raystown Lake Region. This spot on the Juniata River is a popular fishing location and nesting area for bald eagles. Continuing your drive two more minutes up the road takes you to the opposite side of the dam and the Dam Pagoda Overlook. Directions to Raystown Dam Overlook
DAM PAGODA OVERLOOK (40.43073° N, -78.00735° W)
The pagoda located here was dedicated to James Weaver, a resident engineer for the Raystown Lake Project who oversaw the construction of the dam from start to finish. Visitors can walk the entire way around the perimeter of the parking lot and overlook to enjoy different scenery, some including the dam and others with trees on the shoreline opposite of where they are standing. This location is great for a lunch picnic with an incredible view, including protection from the sun. Dam Pagoda Overlook is the only lookout point at Raystown Lake that offers exterior shelter from the rain, making it still possible to see the lake’s beauty even when the weather is not ideal. Directions to Pagoda
RIDENOUR OVERLOOK (40.4317° N, 78.0167° W) AND HAWN’S OVERLOOK (40.4298° N, 78.0192° W)
A short seven-minute drive takes you to the next two overlooks. Ridenour Overlook provides a view of the 225-foot-high dam. The main purpose of the dam is for flood control and management. This location includes benches all along the lookout for spaces to sit and take in the view. If you are up for a short walk, accessible from the same parking lot is magnificent Hawn’s Overlook. From here you can witness the various water recreation activities Raystown Lake has to offer. Even though this lookout point is the smallest, it provides some of the most expansive views of the lake. This lookout is a must see in autumn to observe the Pennsylvania fall foliage. Directions to Ridenour and Hawn's
RAYSTOWN LAKE VISITOR CENTER DECK - 6993 SEVEN POINTS RD, HESSTON PA 16647
Looking to see more action happening? The Raystown Lake Visitors Center deck gives an incredible view of the boat docks at Seven Points Marina. Stand and watch boats pull in and out of the dock during peak busy season from above. Within the visitor center, explore the free resources that explain all there is to see and do in the Raystown Lake Region. Don't forget to grab a copy of the Raystown Moments Visitors Guide and learn more about the history of the lake by exploring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Exhibition Area. Don’t miss a visit to the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe while here! Directions to Raystown Lake Visitor Center
SEVEN POINTS BEACH PATIO - SEVEN POINTS BEACH AT RAYSTOWN LAKE, SEVEN POINTS LOOP, HESSTON PA 16647
Bring the kids for sights and fun. Enjoy Seven Points Beach, one of two designated public swimming areas at Raystown Lake. Located on the hill at the store patio area, consider ordering some delicious food from Lighthouse Concessions. While at the top, take in the many sights available from this one spot. Enjoy watching families below make memories, the boats speed past and the calm of the trees across. Directions to beach patio
COFFEE RUN OVERLOOK (40.318296° N, -78.176111° W)
Coffee Run Overlook makes seeing the beauty of Raystown Lake easy for everyone. The parking lot lines the edge, offering the possibility of seeing it all out the windshield of your car! The second viewpoint in this area is found at the top of a small asphalt walkway. Standing behind the rock wall facing the water, this small clearing nestled in the trees gives a shady spot to take it all in. Only a 30-second drive takes you to another lookout point, the Entriken Bridge. Directions to Coffee Run Overlook
ENTRIKEN BRIDGE (40.310570° N, -78.184015° W)
If you found lodging at Lake Raystown Resort, you have more than likely been inches away from this lookout without even realizing it. This lookout is located right before the Entriken Bridge going toward the resort. From here you can watch boats pass from one side of the bridge to the other. You may even scope out your next place to stay as you can see the resort’s small cottages on the water's edge from here. Directions to Entriken Bridge Overlook
For a comprehensive list of lookouts and directions, click here.