Cabin Use Manual & Directory

Penns Creek Cabin

Thanks to Raymond (Foxy) B. Winter and his wife who sold the 430 acres encompassing 3.8 miles of Penn’s Creek to the State of Pennsylvania we have this paradise in Central Pennsylvania.  This would not have been possible without the effort and determination of the former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Fish Commission, Ralph W. Abele, to which a memorial has been erected at the “Fish Commission Cabin” about a half mile upstream from our Penns Creek Cabin.

This section of Penn’s is thankfully abundant with “wild” trout.  Regulations require the release of all fish caught.  There is no stocking of fish.  Fishing is limited to barbless, single-hooked, artificial lures (flies).  Most of the stream is walk-in” only.  Please read and adhere to all PA Regulations regarding fishing this special fishery.

Kaarondinhah (“Shining Waters”) is the name the Lenni Lenape, a Delaware Tribe of Native Americans, referred to the stretch of Penn’s Creek, where shining waters run endlessly upstream, through a canopied gorge, from Weikert to Coburn.  The American Chestnut was the most prevalent tree at the time, along with the Hemlock and White Pine.

Although you will find some signs of intrusion of “civilized” European invasion in this beautiful valley, please bear in mind that you are in a very special place, and in all likelihood, a sacred place once upon a time and hopefully now for you.

It is our hope that that you will enjoy and respect all of the beauty and serenity in this splendid valley, from the delicate wildflowers to the majestic Bald Eagles.  Leave only footprints behind you.  Take the memories with you.

 

Traveling to the Cabin

DO NOT USE  the cabin address on Google or Apple Maps for direction. These will take you to a place that is not the cabin location. It is best to plug in the coordinates of 40.84512°N, 77.35786°W. Alternatively, use the directions sent with the Lease confirmation packet.

Upon Arrival

Fireplace

DO NOT START A FIRE IN THE FIREPLACE BEFORE OPENING THE FLUE.   

To open the flue, pull the chain down and move to the right allowing the “ball” on the chain to “spring up” through the opening all the way. Confirm the location of the fire extinguisher in the fireplace area.  Make sure the damper (inside and up the chimney) is open before igniting a fire in the fireplace.  Begin your fire towards the rear of the fireplace.

Please BURN WOOD ONLY in the Fireplace and Outside Fire Ring. Burning pure paper products in the outside fire ring is permissible.

Please, DO NOT PLACE OTHER ITEMS such as bottle lids,STYROFOAM, cans, cigarettes butts, etc. in any fires.

Please use firewood thoughtfully.  A large blazing fire in the fire place is unnecessary.  The fire place is for ambience only.  A large blazing fire will only cause the need to open outside doors in order to cool the room(s) down, wasting heat energy.  Please do not cook food in the fireplace.

Dry Firewood can be found either along the stone wall out front or under the “screened-in” porch.  If needed, please split wood and kindling outside.  Please use care when using woodcutting tools.   Make sure you have a good wood solid base when using hatchets, axes and mauls.

Be sure the fire is extinguished and the flue is closed before leaving, especially in extremely cold weather.

 

Propane Heaters in Basement

THE MAIN HEAT SOURCE FOR THE CABIN ARE TWO PROPANE WALL-MOUNTED HEATERS IN THE BASEMENT. 

Upon arrival, if the cabin is pre-warmed and the propane heaters are on, please turn the settings down to pilot. The cabin should be warm enough to just use the electric baseboard heat to maintain comfortable temperatures in the cabin. If it is extremely cold and you need extra heat, turn the propane heaters up to the #1 setting. Adjust as needed.

If the cabin is cold you can turn the setting up to maximum until the cabin warms up.  Then adjust the settings to the desired ambient temperature- a setting of #1 or #2 is usually cozy.

Baseboard Heaters

Individual Electric Baseboard Room Thermostats should not be set any higher than 70 degrees.

Breakers

Usually all breakers will be on upon arrival.  

If needed, check the electrical breakers in the utility room in the basement to make sure they are all on.  Make sure that the water pump has been on and the Hot Water Tank is filled before turning the “hot water breaker” on.

Do not run the microwave in kitchen when using other appliances like the griddle or toaster. Unfortunately, the kitchen breaker blows very easily when overloaded. If this happens while you are cooking, check the power strip behind the microwave first, if that doesn’t work, go down to the breaker box in the basement. Reset the breaker that tripped.The coffeemaker is on a different circuit. You can move appliances to the dining table if you need to run toaster and griddle or microwave at the same time.

 

Power Outage

IN THE EVENT OF A POWER OUTAGE AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO REACH US, TRAVEL EAST UNTIL YOU REACH CELL SERVICE OR USE THE PHONE AT THE SPORTSMEN’S CLUB TO CALL PP&L. 

Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL) number is 800-342-5775.  Reference our PPL account number 47760-51028 and make sure they know that it is the Weikert Property that is in need of power.

There are various lanterns available for outdoor and indoor use  in the event of power outage. Bring your own flashlight and keep it at your bedside for quick access in the event of a power outage.

Outdoor Fireplace Use

 Take a water fire extinguisher (bucket of water) and keep it close by.  Keep fires within the capacity of the fire ring.

Cooking is permitted and encouraged over the Outdoor Fire Place.  Be sure to use hardwood (oak, hickory) for cooking.  You are welcome to use any of our open fire cooking utensils (round grills, wire basket, hot dog / marshmallow forks, mountain-pie makers).  There is also a heavy duty base-grill upon which you may put cooking grills.  The round grill sections from the gas grill on the deck may also be used if needed.

Bring some lounge chairs for enjoying the outside fires. There are a few chairs that can be moved from the screen porch to provide additional seating for fire side. Please return them to the location where you found them.

 

Indoor Air Quality

Air conditioners are available for your use during the summer months. Keep outside and basement doors closed and bedroom doors open when using all the air conditioners. This will help to keep the cabin cool.

Keep doors closed as much as possible to prevent insects from coming in the cabin. Please use the provide screens for the windows when leaving windows open.

Please leave the Dehumidifier turn on while staying at the cabin.  You may turn it off if needed to for sleeping with out noise, but please turn it back on in the morning.

 

Safety

First Aid Kit is located on the cabinet near the front door.  Flashlights and  lanterns are on this cabinet along with other items like bug spray.

Identify Fire Extinguishers.  One is located on the front porch and a second by the fireplace and  rear deck.  Please leave a note or notify us if you used any fire extinguishers during your stay.

THE CLOSEST HOSPITAL IS IN LEWISBURG

Evangelical Community Hospital, ONE HOSPITAL DRIVE, Lewisburg, PA 17837.  ABOUT 20 MILES EAST OF HARTLETON ON ROUTE 45 (45 MINUTES FROM THE CABIN).   

THE PHONE NUMBER IS 570-522-2000.

https://www.evanhospital.com/for-visitors/directions-and-parking

Evangelical has an URGENT care:

Urgent Care of Evangelical
7095 Westbranch Highway
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Office Phone: 570-523-3006
Fax: 570-523-0404
Directions

 

Bedding

 Sheets are in bedroom chest of  drawers in upstairs full bed room or in the drawers under the King Size Bed (King sheets) in the Master Bedroom. King sheets -cream colored. Double sheets- Blue. Twin-Gray. Extra blankets are located in all bedrooms throughout the cabin, in closets. Towels are located in the large chest of drawers in the master bedroom.

PLEASE DO NOT SLEEP ON BEDS WITHOUT PUTTING YOUR SHEETS ON UNLESS YOU ARE USING A SLEEPING BAG.

Bring your own pillows, there are only a couple at the cabin. Bring your own sleeping bag if you’d rather not use sheets.

Before departure, please put your used sheets, pillowcases, towels, etc. in the upstairs bathtub. Do not put any comforters in the tub. Leave them on the beds.Housekeepers will get those.

 

A Word About Bears And Trash

BEARS ARE FREQUENTLY PROWLING IN THE AREA AND THEY WILL BREAK INTO THE SCREENED-IN PORCH AND MAKE A TERRIBLE MESS WHICH YOU WILL NOT WANT TO CLEAN UP !     SO …….  PLEASE KEEP YOUR TRASH INSIDE AT NIGHT AND WHILE ABSENT FROM THE CABIN(hiking, biking, fishing, day trip) TAKE TRASH TO THE DUMPSTER BEHIND THE UNION COUNTY SPORTSMEN’S CLUB EVERY OTHER DAY OR AT THE END OF YOUR STAY IF YOUR STAY IS ONLY THREE DAYS OR LESS. 

 MAKE a donation of at least $2.00 per bag in the box provided by the dumpster.

WE HAD A BEAR BREAK THROUGH THE SCREENED-IN PORCH AND ONTO THE DECK OUT BACK EARLY ONE MORNING –  EMPTY THE GREASE CONTAINER UNDER THE GRILL FREQUENTLY.

 

Gas Grill Use

IF YOU USE THE GAS GRILL, MAKE SURE GAS IS TURNED ON AT THE TANK (front panel slides up a bit and can be removed.  Return it to original position before leaving) 

LIFT THE LID OF THE GRILL UP.

THE ARROWS ON THE KNOB SHOULD BE POINTING UP.

PUSH THE KNOBS “IN”, HOLD AND TURN AT LEAST ¼ TURN OR MORE COUNTERCLOCKWISE (to the left) THEN RELEASE KNOB AND GENTLY TURN KNOBS CLOCKWISE UNTIL THEY STOP.  

PUSH STARTER.  GAS WILL NOW BE ON HIGH.   

WHEN USING THE GRILL BE SURE TO “BURN OFF” THE GRILL ON HIGH for 10 minutes with the lid down until there is no more smoke emitting from the grill.  Then clean the grill with the brush. Then you are clear to use the grill.

YOU CAN NOW ADJUST PROPANE TO DESIRED TEMPERATURE.  

WHEN TURNING THE GRILL OFF, PUSH THE KNOB “IN” AND GENTLY TURN CLOCKWISE UNTIL THE KNOB STOPS.  THE ARROWS SHOULD BE FACING UP, THEN ALLOW KNOB TO POP BACK OUT. 

Please do not use pots, pans or skillets on the grill.

Other Notes

Please bring your own paper towels, paper plates paper cups, bath soap, shampoo, etc.

The TV in the living room is a smart TV with Direct TV streaming. There is fiberoptic going into the cabin.

There are two (2) mountain bikes and six (6) inner-tubes (for kids to use to float Penn’s during the summer season).  You may use these at your own risk. 

We realize that accidents happen and items occasionally are broken.  Please let us know if any items are broken during your visit.  It helps us know what may need replaced or cleaned up.

Please try to return all kitchen items to the cabinets where you found them.  Also, please return any furniture, mattresses, games, etc. to the cabinet, room, or area where you found them.

Games and Playing Cards are located in the basement common area.   

 

 CABIN RENTAL RULES

Penns Creek Cabin may be not be used for “parties”.  Late night boisterous conduct is not permitted.  Although Penns Creek Cabin is somewhat secluded, there are neighbors within reasonable proximity that must be respected. 

Maximum occupancy must be strictly adhered to.

Take pictures, leave only footprints.

Please do not litter, ANYWHERE.  This includes cigarette / plastic cigar butts.

Please no smoking inside the cabin.

Please respect our neighbors.

Refrain from loud and boisterous activity after 10 PM.

Fireworks and use of firearms on the property is not permitted.

Fires are only permitted in designated areas.

Littering of any kind, including cigarette butts is absolutely forbidden.  Collection of litter along the stream and trails is encouraged.

Wading boots must be removed before entering the cabin.

Pets (2 dogs maximum) may be permitted upon request.

As a guest, wild-game hunting is permitted according to State Laws, during rentals.  It is available for rent during this period, however; please respect the adjacent landowner’s long-standing annual rituals and do not impede on their intrinsic priority.

We reserve the right to terminate any rentals that do not adhere to rental policies or guests that engage in illegal activity.

Please read the “CABIN USE MANUAL” prior to your rental. A “Cabin Use Manual”is included with your Rental Agreement.  There is also a copy of the “Cabin Use Manual” at the cabin.

 

The Phone Number at the Cabin is 570-922-6935. The Address is 201 Winters Road, Weikert, PA

OUR CONTACT NUMBERS IN ORDER OF PRIORITY ARE 570-816-2090,THEN 717-808-1789.

 

CHECK LIST BEFORE DEPARTURE

____    Take ALL trash to the dumpster behind the Sportsmen’s Club.  Put the donation in the box ($2 per bag)

____   Wash and put any dishes away in original location.

____    Make sure coffee pot is turned off, rinsed out and filter is emptied.

____    Make sure all your belongings are removed.

____    Place all used linens and towels in the upstairs bathtub.

____    Return any moved furniture to original location

____    Inform us of any broken items, non-working appliances, used first aid items and fire extinguisher usage.

____    Take any cases of empty bottles with you.

____    Make sure any litter is cleaned up outside of the cabin

____    Turn off all lights

____    Set thermostats to 50 degrees

____    Make sure air conditioners are turned off.

____    Make sure refrigerator door is closed.

____    Make sure any fire in the fireplace is extinguished and that the flue is close.(Pull chain down so that the ball is below the    catch and move to the left, securing the ball below the catch)

____    Be sure propane heaters are set to “pilot” before departure as applicable.

____  Make sure dehumidifier is on and running.

____    Make sure all window screens are removed and ALL windows shut and locked

____    Lock all doors including the basement door (locked and barred)

____    Return keys to the location where you found them.

 

 

DIRECTORY for basic Needs (in order of closest proximity)

 

Auto Repair

Mifflinburg – Bing’s Auto, 195 North 3rd Street (570-966-0732)

Ask for Paul and tell him I sent you there

 

Bicycle Rentals & Repairs

Miffliburg – Big Earl’s, Big Earl’s,8552 Old Turnpike Rd (570-966-4992)

PA 45 East of Mifflinburg on the left

9:00 am -7:00 pm, MO,WE & FR, and until 5:00 pm TU, TH & SA

$35/day or $150 week for full suspension mountain bike

$25/day or $100 week for other bikes

 

Fishing Supplies

Laureton – Penn’s Creek Angler (570-922-1053) No Fishing Licenses sold here

State College –

Fly Fisher’s Paradise (814-234-4189)

TCO Fly Shop (814-689-3654)

 

Fly Fishing Guides

Dave McMullen (814-632-6817), emerger@windstream.net

Mark Antolosky (814-389-0051),  mantolosky_magnumbroadcasting@yahoo.com

Ken Okorn (717-697-2451), Ken.Okorn @verizon.net

Gene Giza (717-713-8282), Four Seassons Fly Fishing Guide Service (http://fourseasonsflyfishing.com/)

Bruce Fisher (570-922-1053), Penn’s Creek Angler (www.pennscreekangler.com)

 

Grocery Stores

Laurelton – Laurel Market – between Hassenplug Road and Weikert Road on Rte 235

(has basics) 570-922-1709

Hartleton – Koch’s Country Store (570-922-0452)

Fresh meats, deli & staples, Open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, every day

Harlteton / Milmont – Harvey’s, Food Mart (570-922-4662) 1 mile east of Hartleton

Convenience store – Gas, ice, basics, deli

Mifflinburg –

Weis Markets – north side of Rte 45, east end of town (570-966-6500)

Full scale grocery store

Wenger’s Grocery Store,805 Old Turnpike Road(570-966-5084)

Green Ridge Country Market -811 Forest Hill Road(570-966-4650)

Deli / Bakery

 

Kayak Rentals

Hartleton – Weavers Kayaks, 570-922-4131

 

Pharmacies

Mifflinburg –

CVS (570-966-3332) –28 E. Chestnut Streetin “strip mall“

 

Liquor & Beer

Mifflinburg –

PA Wine & Spirits (570-966-4700) – 30 E. Chestnut in “strip mall“

Wehr’s Beverage (570-966-1295) – north side of Rte 45, east end of town

Beer distributor (cases), soda

Bald Eagle Brewing Co.(570-966-3156) –315 Chestnut Street

Local Brewery

Shade Mountain Vineyards (570-837-3644) – south of Penn’s Creek on 104

Local Winery with nice selection, Holds Special Events periodically

 

Restaurants – Heading East

Weikert –

Union County Sportsmen’s Club (570-922-1128)

(Wed – Sun, lunch and dinner)

Must be a member to order alcoholic beverages

Staff will gladly assist you in becoming a member

See Local Attractions, Wildlife Sanctuary, for additional information

Laurelton –

Boomerangs (570-922-1232) – on Rte 45 beside Penn’s Creek Angler

(bar atmosphere, breakfast through late night snacks)

Hartleton / Millmont

The Barnyard, Millmont, 1 mile east of Hartleton (570-922-0055)

Serves from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm MO – TH, 6:00 am – 9:00 pm, FR – SA, and

8:00 am – 8:00 pm on SU

Across the road (Rte 45) from Harvey’s (Menu at Cabin)

Mifflinburg –

Original Italian Pizza – (570-966-3885) junction of PA 45 & 104

Pizza, subs & Italian meals

Royale Burger (570-966-3990)310 E. Chestnut Street

Great Burgers, Paninis, Fresh Cut Fries, Appetizers & Desserts

Scarlett “D”/ Mifflinburg Hotel (570-966-5400) –264 Chestnut Street, downtown

Nice Ambiance, good food

Carriage Corner Restaurant (570-966-3866) –257 E. Chestnut Street

Homestyle cooking, fresh pies, etc.

Mike and Dot’s Bar (570-966-0861) – 201 E. Chestnut

(bar w/large selection of good homemade soups and can get to go)

La Primavera (570-523-1515) – PA Rte.45 1 mile west of Lewisburg

Italian Cuisine, serves wine, etc.

 

Restaurants – Heading West (further distance)

Millheim –

Millheim Hotel (814-349-5994) – PA Rte. 45 in Millheim

Boalsburg –

Duffy’s Tavern (814-466-6241) – west of Business 322 in Boalsburg

(delightful)

 

* Chestnut Street in Mifflinburg is PA Route 45

* Other Local Restaurants can be found in the Yellow Pages of our Phone Book

 

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

 

Antiques

Various shops along PA Route 45 from Lewisburg to Spruce Creek

 

Caves

Woodward Cave, Woodward (814-349-9800)

Penn’s Cave, Centre Hall (814-364-1664)

Indian Caverns, Spruce Creek (814-632-7578)

 

Museums

BuggyMuseum, Mifflinburg (570-966-1355)

PAMilitaryMuseum, Boalsburg (814-466-6263)

 

Pottery

Penn’s Creek Pottery, Penn’s Creek (570-837-3809)

 

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Union County Sportsmen’s Club,Weikert,PA(570-922-1128)

Bear, Bobcat,Deer,Turkey, Raccoons and more – great for kids

Playground and Mini-Golf

Penn’s Cave (see above)

Includes animals above as well as Timber Wolves, Mountain Lions, Bison and some exotic animals

T&D’s Cats of the World, Penn’s Creek, PA

 

Wine

Shade MountainVineyards (570-837-3644)

Holds Special Events periodically

 

OTHER NEARBY QUALITY FLY FISHING

Proximity 1-4, #1 being closest, Difficulty A – C, A being most challenging)

FR – Freestone, LM – Limstone)

Cherry Run (FR1, B)

Weikert Run (FR1, B)

Upper Penn’s Creek Fr & LM, 1,A-C depending on hatches, water level and section of stream being fished)

Elk Creek (LM,2, A)

Pine Creek (LM, 2, A)

Fishing Creek (FR/LM, 3, B)

White Deer Crek (FR, 2, B/C)

Spring Creek (LM, 3, A-B depending on hatches, water level and section of stream being fished)

Lower Bald Eagle (LM, 3, A-B depending on hatches and water level)

Spruce Creek (LM, 4, A)

LittleJuniataRiver(LM/FR, 4, A-C depending on hatches, water level and section of stream

being fished)

Honey Creek (LM, 4. A – B depending on hatches and water level)

Kishacoquillas Creek (LM/FR, 4, A-C depending on hatches, water level and section of stream being fished)

Tea Creek (LM, 4, A)