We thought you’d be interested in some of the facts concerning State Game Lands #39, which lies just across the river from Kennerdell


Because it is a couple of hours north of the city, 9,808-acre SGL 39 gets somewhat lighter hunting pressure. It is a large public tract that is mostly wooded, but recent logging operations have created thick cover and new growth. There are a significant number of oaks, so the acorn crop can play a major role in planning your deer hunting tactics.

Take I-79 north to I-80. Turn west to Pennsylvania Route 8, then north. SGL 39 is in southwestern Venango County, mostly on the west side of Route 8 between I-80 and Franklin.

On the opposite side of Pennsylvania Route 8 from SGL 39 is a tract of state land that was once considered a state park and is currently proposed as Kennerdell State Forest. But the final disposition of this 3,200-acre tract has yet to be determined. It is currently referred to as the Allegheny River Tract of Clear Creek State Forest. It borders the Allegheny River for more than six miles.

Overlooked by many deer hunters, this area provides the opportunity for boat-hunting adventure. Hunters may launch at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Fisherman's Cove Access below Franklin and then set up camp at the primitive campground on the riverbank on the Allegheny River Tract. Water and rest rooms are provided there. Continue down the Allegheny River to a private boat ramp at Kennerdell, where you must pay a fee or return upriver. Getting back upriver is difficult without a jet-drive boat. The next public boat ramp downriver is at Emlenton, under the bridge on the east side of the river.