Hunting, Fishing, and Recreation

Abundant fish & game, plenty of public land, and accommodations to suit any budget make Jones Township one of the top hunting destinations in northcentral Pennsylvania!

Fishing in Jones Township

Both the East  and West Branch of the Clarion River dissect  the Township providing excellent fishing opportunities.  The East Branch flows from the cold water bottom drainage of the East Branch Lake & Dam and includes a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area and miles of stocked water.  The West Branch rolls through wild forests with some wild trout, stocked browns and a Delayed Harvest Fly-Fishing Only Area.

Fly fishermen delight in the knowledge that the East Branch of the Clarion River, downstream of the Dam, is stocked regularly by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. During the winter, for the brave of heart, ice fishing is also a popular activity on the Lake.

Some sections of the Clarion located in Jones Township are subject to Fish Commission Special Regulations:
Clarion River, East Branch – Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only – 1.15 miles; From 100 meters downstream of the outflow of the East Branch Clarion River Lake downstream.
Clarion River, West Branch – Catch and Release Fly-Fishing Only – 0.5 mile; From wire across stream to intersection of SR 219 and SR 4003.


State Game Lands SGL #25 contains 24,523 acres of long narrow valleys and flat mountain tops. The area boasts of excellent whitetailed deer, bear, and small game hunting opportunities. The lands can be easily accessed in the Glen Hazel area. Additionally the Elk State Forest encompasses almost 77,000 acres of northern hardwood and mixed oak forests. In other areas of Jones Township, The Alleghany National Forest is open to hunters and includes 135,396 acres in Elk County.

No matter where you hunt or fish in Jones Township you will enjoy a real mixed bag of large & small game. For outstanding squirrel hunting, with an interesting mix of gray, black and fox squirrels, check the oak and hickory stands close to the East Branch Lake. Flush grouse from recently timbered areas, woodcocks from quaking aspen and thornapple stands, or wood ducks from hidden beaver ponds. Search for the elusive snowshoe hare in mountain laurel thickets.

These lands near Glen Hazel were the very first state game lands purchased by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1920.  A stone marker located in Glen Hazel pays tribute to this event.

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