About Spring Creek

Rising in the mountains about five miles east of State College and flowing in a northerly direction to its terminus in Milesburg, Spring Creek is arguably one of the finest wild trout streams in Pennsylvania. Surveys conducted by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission have consistently shown Spring Creek to be one of the most densely populated wild brown trout streams in the Keystone State.


The venues most favored by anglers are the Benner Springs stretch (Accessible off PA Route 150 near the I-99 interchange at Dale Summit/Shiloh Road), Fisherman’s Paradise, the first specially regulated trout stream in the US, and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commission water below the Paradise (both accessible off PA Route 150 near Bellefonte).

Secondary roads parallel Spring Creek over much of its length, providing easy access. The wading (except at Fisherman’s Paradise where wading is forbidden) is relatively easy due to the gravel and cobbled stream bed. No-kill regulations apply along the full length of Spring Creek.

Other Streams

There are 37 trout streams in Centre County, many of which are world-class. Fishing Creek and Penns Creek offer some of the finest Catch and Release waters in the country. Good insect life and cool spring fed streams provide for year round fisheries with no closed season.

Local Guides

  • Tom’s Fly-Fishing Service – licensed, full-time professional and instructor, 30 years experience
  • Dennis Charney – licensed, lives in Bellefonte, staff instructor at Flyfisher’s Paradise Fly Shop in State College
  • Penns Creek Guides – specializes in wade fishing on Penns Creek and tributary streams