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. The “Meet the Musher” supper will be held Friday afternoon at nearby Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club.

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. 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.

Tobaggan Races will return to the Sled Riding Hill on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., there will be the first-ever Outhouse Races at the base of the Sled Riding Hill.

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 Environmental Learning Center on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and Kinzua Caches will hold a Geomeet /Geocaching Game in Yurt #1 in the Park Campground 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!



Warren County Winterfest organizers are looking for a Winterfest Event Coordinator. Are you the person we need to help the organizers? Check out our Job Description below:

Job Description:

Volunteer position, reports to and works with the Winterfest Executive Committee (WEC). Recruits Winterfest volunteers. Person holding this position will be publicly identified as the Winterfest Coordinator. Warren County Winterfest is an annual weekend recreation event, open to the public with no admission charge, held in late January at Chapman State Park with attendance up to 13,500 people. WEC works year-round to plan and prepare for the annual event.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Must have: excellent people skills, ability to solicit donations and corporate sponsorships and must have excellent organization skills. Some college education preferred. Experience at fund-riaising and event coordinating (experience organizing events, programs, volunteers) a must. Must be willing and able to learn, be self-motivated. Winter weather outdoor clothes and experience a necessity. Ability to coordinate with diverse groups of partners, including volunteer organizations and multiple government agencies is also crucial. Must be internet savvy, have ready access to a reliable high-speed internet connection, have a working modern computer. Phone sense and communication skills (verbal and written) are also a must.

Applicants must contact Wes Ramsey at Penn Soil RC&D office to apply.

Wes’ e-mail:  pennsoilrcd@wcconservation.net

Wes’ office phone:  (814)  726 – 1441

Download a PDF copy of this Event Coordinator announcement by clicking here.


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