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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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Can anyone jump up on this jam? I would like to attend.

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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No! You can't attend!

No, seriously. The more the merrier, right? Come on over!

Pat, great idea about Cherry Springs. Great campground, less packed. My camp is in Potato City and I'm still open to using it; if the distance isn't too bad for people.

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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I think that it would be a good idea to see what everyone wants to fish first, then pick the best suited centralized location. Just an idea.

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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Yeah I agree. Just trying to build a selection of possibilities.

I love the idea of Cherry Spring though. Really nice area.

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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Yeah did a hike there one time 20 miles, my knees hurt for a month afterward. Beautiful area. Forget the name of the trail though. What I do remember was there was a hill named cardiac climb that almost killed me.

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If the party is here, it will open up the most options. Consider the accomodations available and proximity to the major arteries, namely, 144/44/6/872.

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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Agree!

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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It's been a while since I've camped at Cherry Springs, but I used to do it often. So forgive me, something may have changed. But while none of this is a major hassle, there were some special considerations as it's not your typical state park. Here's some of what I remember.

1. Campsites are NOT reservable. First come, first served. That said, miss the major weekends (see below) and it's not crowded, lots of times I was the only one there.
2. It is tents only. No trailers or RV sites here.

There are 3 major events every year, and the place gets PACKED, we're talking thousands, it looks like the lots outside a PSU game. 2 star parties (cherry springs star party, and black forest star party), and the woodsmen's show. The woodsmen's show is in August. One of the star parties is in the fall, one in the spring, I think. Both always fall on a new moon weekend. So look up the dates of those and make sure to avoid em, and if the dates aren't posted yet, look at a moon chart and if you avoid new moons, all is well.

The campgrounds are across the road from the observing field, adjacent to the landing strip for the airport. On the observing field, no white lights. In the campground, they allow fires and lanterns and such. However, you're still not far from the observing field. So just to keep the peace, better to not run one of those super bright lanterns all night or something.

The bathrooms are on the observing field side of the road. So at night, either get a red filter for your flashlight or turn it off as you get close (there are red area lights around the restrooms). And if you drive in after dark, just make sure not to point the headlights towards the observing field. If I came back after dark, I think I just parked in a lot at the edge of the park and walked back to the site to avoid the disruption of my headlights. It wasn't that far, a hundred yards or something.

It is ideally situated for fishermen if you value having a lot of options. Kind of like the Jam was this year. It's not right next to anything, but it is centrally located so that in 15-30 minutes, you have a TON of options.

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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And if there's nothing at Cherry Spring, my cabin is right at the top center of that map, along rt 6. Maybe I'll make a 4 day weekend out of it and I can help snag some campsites on Friday or whatever.

Lots of time to plan this out. Worst case scenario: We meet at Cherry Spring, they don't have the room, we move it to my camp.

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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To belabor Jack's point, see below. By the way, can't tell from this map, but it is at a 4 way. Obviously it's on route 44 which can take you up to route 6 and the Allegheny, or down to Kettle. But there is the E. Fork road which follows the E. Fork to 872, and the W. Br. Road which follows the W. Branch towards Galeton. There's also a road that gets you to 872 farther up the 1st Fork, where the Y is there.


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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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Man I love this area.

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Whats better, is that not only does every single one of those have wild fish, most of them also have numerous tributaries that have wild fish. There is probably 50ish wild trout streams within a half hours drive. You've got everything you could want, big water, medium water, small water, stockies, wild brookies, wild browns, etc. Gotta love the northern tier of PA!!!!

BTW, I'd love to go to this, heck, I'd love to see THE JAM hosted in that immediate area. But it's way too far out for me to commit....

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Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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I can tell you, I've been fly fishing that area my entire fly fishing life, and I feel like I've hardly scratched the surface! Its just awesome. Pat you got it. Its endless fishing.

Man I want to go NOW.

Posted on: 2011/9/14 12:57


Re: Cross Fork, Potter County, 9/5/11

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Pardon my jumping in here, but is there a date discussed or set? This is my favorite area and I'd love to get involved.

Please keep me posted.

thanks, Mike

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No date discussed yet.

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