Situated in a broad valley in the Appalachian foothills of north central Pennsylvania, Montour Environmental Preserve is surrounded by two long, rolling ridges — Montour Ridge to the south and Muncy Hills to the north. PPL chose this low-lying valley, with its favorable environmental and economic conditions, as the site for the Montour power plant. Built in 1972, the coal-fired power plant is located three miles south of the preserve near Washingtonville.
In the center of the preserve is 165-acre Lake Chillisquaque, developed to provide a backup reservoir of cooling water for the power plant. The preserve now offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities, including hiking, nature observation and photography, birding, boating and fishing, as well as hunting nearby.
The preserve is located in Montour County four miles northeast of Washingtonville, Pa., and is accessible from Route 54.
The Visitors Center is open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day including holidays. During the rest of year, weekend and holiday hours vary with public programming.
Hiking trails and picnic areas are open sunrise to sunset daily.
For questions about the preserve’s facilities, call 570-437-3131 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because many people visit and enjoy Montour Preserve throughout the year, we ask your help in keeping the preserve a safe and beautiful natural and recreational area. For your safety and the protection of natural resources, we ask that you adhere to the following rules: