Preserve Rules

Because many people visit and enjoy the Montour Preserve throughout the year, we ask your help in keeping the Preserve a safe and beautiful natural recreation area.  For your safety and the protection of the natural resources, we ask that you adhere to the following rules while at the Preserve:

  • Preserve hours are dawn to dark
  • Leave all pets at home; dogs (except service dogs) are not allowed
  • Trails are open to pedestrians only; bicycles, motorized vehicles, horses, and pets are not allowed
  • Vehicles must be parked on paved surfaces in designated spots
  • Do not swim in the lake, ponds or streams
  • Alcoholic beverages, narcotics and firearms are prohibited
  • Boating in Lake Chillisquaque is prohibited from March 15 – April 30
  • Boating in the Goose Cove refuge area is prohibited year-round
  • Gasoline engines may not be used on the lake; electric motors are allowed
  • Visitors must obtain a permit from MARC before entering the wildlife refuge and observation blinds
  • Fishing is allowed in Lake Chillisquaque, but not in preserve ponds or streams
  • Do not move picnic tables
  • Hunting and trapping are not allowed in the preserve
  • Collecting of plants, animals and other natural resources is not allowed except in the Fossil Pit
  • Open fires are not allowed except in charcoal grills or gas grills
  • Radios and other sources of noise must be kept at a level that will not disturb other preserve visitors
  • Camping is not allowed in the preserve

These rules are enforced by the PA Game Commission, PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA State Police, and the Montour Area Recreation Commission to provide a safe and enjoyable visit for all.  To contact these agencies, please use the following telephone numbers:

Thank you for enjoying the Preserve in a responsible manner.


To download a .pdf version of the Montour Preserve brochure, please click on the image below.