Shamokin Dam

Shamokin Dam is a small town in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. Latitude: 40.85 N, Longitude: 76.82 W. The town lies approximately 50 minutes north of Harrisburg, PA and 50 minutes south of Williamsport, PA. Located in the central part of the state, along the Susquehanna River, Shamokin Dam is approximately 157 miles (three hours drive) from Philadelphia, three hours from New York, four hours from Washington-Baltimore and four hours (212 miles) from Pittsburgh. State College, home of the Pennsylvania State University, is 1 hour 31 minutes drive along PA Rte 45.

Get in

By plane

By boat

Shamokin Dam lies along the Susquehanna River Water Trail with access at the Sunbury Fabridam in the Adam T. Bower State Park.

By bike

The BicyclePa Route J passes through Shamokin Dam.

Narrow and/or unpaved shoulders along most side streets make biking around town (off the highway) challenging. Route 11 from Shamokin Dam to Northumberland is lovely with a view of the river. There is, however, heavy truck traffic along this route.

Get around

By train

Shamokin Dam is approximately 60 miles (45 minutes) north of Pennsylvania's capital city of Harrisburg. That city has a station on Amtrak's Keystone and Pennsylvanian train routes. Shamokin Dam is a 45 minute drive north on Rte 322 then Rtes 11&15.

By limo

By car

Shamokin Dam is accessible from Interstate 80, which runs East-West north of the area. Pennsylvania routes 11&15 merge north of Harrisburg and serve as the main transportation artery for central Pennsylvania. Most of Shamokin Dam's shopping district lies along Rtes 11 and 15. South of Shamokin Dam, 11/15 South connects with Rte 322, Interstates 81, 83 and eventually, the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Harrisburg Area) west to Pittsburgh and east to Philadelphia.

One area challenge for drivers is that on Fridays and holiday weekends the traffic backs up and slows on Rte 11. Early morning travel can avoid the problem. Additionally, Rte 11 along the river towards Northumberland, is often closed when there is flooding. Those seeking to access Route 80 can use Route 15 to connect by traveling a few miles north of Lewisburg. This drive is a four lane highway with some red lights in the Lewisburg area.






Go next

For additional exploration of heritage, culture, dining and shopping in the Central Susquehanna Valley, be sure to check out Lewisburg, PA and Sunbury, PA. Amish farms are nearby on Routes 11 & 15 Port Trevorton and along Route 45. Look for the hand made quilts blowing in the breeze along the highway. They frequently have raodside stands featuring farm products including fresh baked goods, eggs, and vegetables.

Sports fans will find Hershey Bears ice hockey in Hershey PA about 1 hour away. Red Barons baseball and Wilkes-Barre - Scranton Penguins hockey are all within a two hour drive. State College, home of Penn State University, is also about 45 minutes away and offers additional cultural, sports (Nittany Lions), and entertainment options. PSU's Bryce jordon Center offers many top name entertainment acts, as well as college sports. Longer distances will take you to the Atlantic coastline.

Routes through Shamokin Dam

Scranton Danville  N  S  Selinsgrove Harrisburg
Williamsport Lewisburg  N  S  Selinsgrove Harrisburg
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