In 1997, Dean and Gail Stephens began to build a small campground on a 240 acre farm in Perry County. It took over 20 years to complete. As Christians, our desire was always to be faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to us by God and to give this property back to God to be used as a Christian ministry.
Today, Lake Heron Conservancy is a non-profit private foundation dedicated to preserving the entire property as a recreational area for the community, protecting the wildlife habitat and the land, and creating a Christian camping ministry for children and families throughout Pennsylvania. This year, 2020, will be our second year operating as a non-profit. As a new start up charity, we have a long way to go to realize our vision.
One of the most desirable features of our campground is the privacy, seclusion, wildlife, and natural beauty. Our biggest attraction is camping and fishing on the 10 acre lake. We have two primitive cabins, a pavilion, multiple tenting sites, and ten RV sites with full hook-ups. Swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking are very popular. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass and channel catfish.
• ENRICHING LIVES THROUGH CAMPING, EXPLORATION, AND LEARNING
• PROVIDE A CHRIST-CENTERED ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND FAMILIES
• PRESERVE THE NATURAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE HABITAT
From Rt. 11 & 15, take Rt. 17 West. Travel 1.2 miles. Turn right on Barner's Church Road. Travel 1.7 miles. to St. John's Lutheran Church, Turn right on Barner’s Road. Travel 1 mile to the entrance.