Planning Your Hike
Easy. A public gravel road bisects the 170 acre preserve, closely following the stream. In three spots one must ford the creek. Hikers may encounter horseback riders and bike riders at Fishing Creek. Please share the trails.
Ecology and Management
Fishing Creek is managed for its passive recreation being of highest and best use. NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES PERMITTED OFF OF THE GRAVEL ROAD! VIOLATIONS WILL BE PROSECUTED THE FULLEST EXTENT.
Fishing Creek is designated as a high quality cold-water fishery. It supports a wild trout population and is supplemented by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission trout stocking in the spring. Fish species found in the Susquehanna River also use the creek for spawning, early life stages, and seasonal movements. The same species of water fowl and birds found on the Susquehanna River can be spotted along Fishing Creek, including herons, egrets, and kingfishers. Fishing Creek also supports other wildlife, including white tailed deer, turkeys, hawks, foxes, muskrats, raccoons, and squirrels.
Hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis), Pennsylvania’s state tree, are the dominant flora of the steep-sided valley, with an understory of ferns, sedges, and acidic loving plants. The uninterrupted forest canopy is large enough for interior forest bird species. Bats can be observed devouring insects during their acrobatic flight over the creek during the evening hours spring through fall.
Fishing Creek traverses the preserve while collecting water from small rivulets along its way to the Conowingo Pond of the Susquehanna River.
Fishing Creek South is open to Mixed-Use Hunting. Respect property boundaries and safety zones. All Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations apply. See ‘Where to Hunt’ for more details.
Report Hunting Violations: PA Game Commission Centralized Dispatch Center at 1-833-PGC-HUNT (1-833-742-4868) or 1-833-PGC-WILD (1-833-742-9453)
Fishing Creek South Nature Preserve was acquired in various tracts from 1995 – 2002. Land was partially donated by the Bryson, Gibson, and Herr families, with the remainder of the funding granted by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Natural Lands Preservation Fund of Lancaster County.
Fishing Creek Road, Drumore Township
Limited parking. Preserve sign.