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17 Pa. Code § 21.106. Picnic areas.

§ 21.106. Picnic areas.

 (a)  Picnic areas are open to the public between sunrise and sunset.

 (b)  Entering a picnic area when it is not open to the public under subsection (a) is permitted for the purpose of fishing or gaining access to another area of State forest land that is open for public use.

 (c)  Except as provided in subsection (b) or with written permission of the Department, entering, using or remaining in a picnic area when it is not open to the public under subsection (a) is prohibited.

 (d)  Possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

 (e)  An owner, keeper or handler of a pet may have the pet in a picnic area only under the following conditions, a violation of which is prohibited:

   (1)  The pet is on a leash with a maximum length of 6 feet.

   (2)  The pet is attended and under physical control of an individual.

   (3)  The pet does not behave in a manner that may reasonably be expected to disturb or intimidate another person.

   (4)  The pet does not behave in a manner that may cause damage to property or resources.

   (5)  The pet’s droppings are disposed of in trash receptacles or outside the State forest.

 (f)  Removing facilities, including picnic tables, fire rings and containers for disposal of waste or charcoal, is prohibited.

 (g)  Hunting, trapping and using a device that is capable of discharging or propelling a projectile is prohibited.


   The provisions of this §  21.106 issued under sections 302, 313 and 502 of the Conservation and Natural Resources Act (71 P. S. § §  1340.302, 1340.313 and 1340.502); and the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S. § §  7505 and 7506.


   The provisions of this §  21.106 adopted September 4, 2015, effective September 5, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 5493.

Cross References

   This section cited in 17 Pa. Code §  21.123 (relating to violation of rules regarding conduct in State forests).

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