Warren County Winterfest is the largest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Held at Chapman State Park in late January of each year, our event features a variety of Winter outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Through the summer months, our volunteers are busy organizing this annual event. We are already planning for Winterfest 2017.

Winterfest kicks off on Friday morning with the mid-distance sled dog race, part of the Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Races at Chapman State Park.

On Saturday morning, Chapman State Park begins a long slate of family-fun events, starting with Lobdell sled dog races, ice fishing and skiing. There will be  a whole host of events, vendors and refreshments under the Big Tent next to Pavilion #4. The Canine Weight Pull starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. National-champion weight pulling dogs compete between Pavilion #1 and Pavilion #2.

On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., there will be Outhouse Races on the Beach.

The Patrick Shine Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. Plungers register prior to the event, each donating to benefit the Salvation Army’s Warren citadel.

The Allegheny National Forest Snowmobile Loop passes through Chapman State Park. Snowmobilers riding the four-county Loop are welcome to stop at the park and enjoy Winterfest.

In 2012, the Park opened an all-new dedicated Ice Skating Rink. The rink is behind the Environmental Learning Center (Old Park Office) as you enter the Park. Ice Skates will be available on both Saturday and Sunday.

There will be a Geocaching Seminar in the Pavilion #2 on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and Kinzua Caches will hold a Geomeet /Geocaching Game in Pavilion #2 from 10:00 to 2:30 p.m.

If you have questions on the events or you want to find a place to stay overnight, please call either the Chapman State Park office of the Warren County Visitors Bureau. Once you arrive at the Park for Winterfest, you can ask the Fire Police for instructions or visit the information booth at the Big Tent.

See you at Winterfest!


Welcome to Winterfest!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

January 20-22, 2017

Please keep your pets at home!

Chapman State Park

4790 Chapman Dam Road

Clarendon, PA 16313

(814)  723 - 0250

GPS Coordinates (Park Office)

41* 45.454  N

079* 10.269 W

Local tourism office:

Warren County Visitors Bureau

22045 Route 6

Warren, PA 16365

  1. (800) 624 - 7802 or

  2. (814) 726 - 1222