Namesakes and Midstate Waterways: Holman Lake Name Honors Defender of Great Little Buffalo State Park | The Sentinel: News

The 88-acre lake in the heart of Little Buffalo State Park in Newport isn’t called Little Buffalo Lake.

Instead, Holman Lake’s name pays homage to Allen Holman, a key figure in the park’s opening in 1972, The Sentinel previously reported.

Holman was elected to the House of Representatives from the Pennsylvania General Assembly, 86th Legislative District, Perry and Juniata counties, and northwestern Cumberland County in 1960, where he served for 10 years. according to the article. He used his political influence to gain legislative support and help establish the park.

Holman Lake received its name in 1989.

Regarding the name of Little Buffalo State Park, the Cumberland County Visitors Bureau said tradition holds that bison once inhabited the area, although little is known about the original inhabitants. of the region.

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The park is home to four historic sites and a state-of-the-art swimming pool, among other attractions near Lake Holman.

In one look

Location: Little Buffalo State Park (1579 State Park Road in Newport)

Depth: Maximum of 35 feet

Streams: Little Buffalo Creek (32.8 miles long) crosses Lake Holman before emptying into the Juniata River

Recreation: boating, fishing, ice fishing, ice skating, hiking

  • Shoaff’s Mill (east of Lake Holman)
  • Clay Covered Bridge (east of Lake Holman)
  • Blue Bell Tavern (northeast of Lake Holman)
  • Newport and Sherman’s Valley Railroad (southwest of Lake Holman)
  • Canoe, rowing machine and paddle boat rentals available
  • Fish include largemouth bass, catfish, panfish, trout; and tiger muskellunge fry
  • Two public boat ramps, one at the east end of the lake, one at the west end of the lake
  • Swimming is prohibited in Lake Holman

Maddie Seiler is a reporter for The Sentinel and covering Carlisle and Newville. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at: @SeilerMadalyn

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