Located in the scenic woodlands of central Pennsylvania, this 700-acre park features rustic looking facilities in a natural setting. The wood and stone buildings are in harmony with the natural beauty of the valley, rich with hardwood, conifers, and wildlife. Laurence J. Perez lake (previously known as Stone Valley Lake,) which is fed by Shaver's Creek, provides homes for beavers, fish, frogs, turtles, and other water loving creatures.
Explore the lake by boat; rent a canoe or rowboat to fish the lake and enjoy the scenic shoreline and wildlife, or ride with the wind in one of our sailboats.
Share the excitement of catching rainbow trout, bass, pickerel, and other species in the 72-acre lake. The lake is open daily for fishing from the first day of trout season in April through the end of the winter fishing season in February. With 1.2 miles of shoreline, the lake provides habitat for a variety of species including catfish, panfish (sunfish, bluegill), rock bass, bass, pickerel, and trout. While other species reproduce naturally in the lake, trout are stocked annually.
From April through February, fishing enthusiasts can access the lake daily at the Mineral Industries Day Use Area Public Parking Area. Across the lake, the Boathouse access is open from April through November. Fishing is permitted along most sections of the shoreline, except as noted on the map of the area. Private boats are welcome with the purchase of a launch permit.
For conditions call: Stone Valley Recreation Area
108 Business Services Building
University Park, PA 16802-1002
One launch area at Stone Valley
Fees & Licenses
A fishing license is required for people ages 16 and older.
All private boats launching on Lake Perez must purchase a Stone Valley Recreation Area Launch Permit. All permits must be visibly displayed.
Electronic motors are permitted on properly licensed boats.
Stone Valley's licensed rowboats are available for rental. A fleet of sailboats are available to certified sailors. All people who wish to rent sailboats must verify card or similar sailing certification. Persons with previous sailing experience can get certification from Stone Valley by passing a sailing test. Boat rentals begin each year the first weekend in April and end the last weekend in October (weather conditions may effect the opening and closing dates). Park at the M.I. Day Use Area Parking Area for easiest access to the equipment rental.
From State College:
1. Take Route 26 South out of State College.
2. Approximately 5 miles outside of State College you will come to the village of Pine Grove Mills. In Pine Grove mills, Route 26 makes a left hand turn at a flashing traffic signal. There is also a brown directional sign at this location. Upon completing the turn one will be going up Tussey Mountain.
3. After making this turn go another 4 miles. This will put you at the bottom o