Ducks Walk On Fish At The Oddest Attraction In Pennsylvania

Pymatuning State Park is a prime destination for outdoor lovers – whether you’re a fan of hiking, swimming, or boating. However, the park is also home one of the most unique and fascinating attractions in Pennsylvania. You won’t have any trouble finding The Linesville Spillway, which is brimming with fish. That’s not what makes it so unique, though. There are so many fish that ducks walk on the fish to grab pellets from visitors eager to feed them. If you’ve ever wanted to feed the ducks in Pennsylvania, you’ve found the most unique place to do it.

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Interestingly enough, the carp are actually an invasive species, native to Asia. Until 2008, visitors threw bread to both the ducks and fish in the spillway. However, environmentalists advocated to have that practice banned because each visitor threw an average of 2.4 pounds of bread into the water. All of that bread resulted in the constantly-growing population of Pennsylvania carp which, in turn, impacted the local ecosystem.

If you visit today, you can purchase fish pellets at the spillway. Only fish pellets are permitted. Feeding all other wildlife is strictly prohibited as human food is generally bad for wild animals.

In the video below, you can see this phenomenon firsthand.

Have you ever been to the Linesville Spillway? Did you feed the fish with the fish pellets? Share your experience in the comments! (You can find more information on the official website of Pymatuning State Park.) If you’re up for some more traveling, check out these 10 weird places in Pennsylvania that you have to see to believe.

Address: Linesville Spillway, 12318 Hartstown Rd, Linesville, PA 16424, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center

The Linesville Spillway

July 30, 2021

Where can I feed the ducks in Pennsylvania?

While you’ll find quite a few places to feed the ducks in Pennsylvania, you likely won’t find one more unique than Linesville Spillway. However, if you’d like to feed the ducks and other animals, plan a visit to Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, with locations in New Castle and Donegal. Stroll through the tree-lined animal park, where you can feed the goats, the sheep, and even the alpacas. Get your photo snapped with a baby kangaroo. Pet donkeys and goats in the petting zoo, and watch the kiddos play in the play area.

What else is there to do at Pymatuning State Park?

Make feeding the ducks at Linesville Spillway just the beginning of your adventure at Pymatuning State Park in Jamestown. The state park spans over 21,000 acres, which means it’s brimming with fun things to do. After you’ve fed the ducks, set off on one of the scenic hiking trails. At just a half of a mile, Beaver Dam Trail is considered one of the easiest hikes in the park. Keep an eye out for turtles, sunning themselves, on your journey. Picnicking, swimming, boating, and disc golf are all popular park activities.  You can even camp out if a day just isn’t enough.

What are some weird things to do in Pennsylvania?

We can’t really get bored if we live in PA. After all, there is just so much to do. In fact, if you’re the adventurous type, you might want to check out some of the weird things to do in Pennsylvania. (Weird in a fun, quirky kind of way.) Treat yourself to a cold ice cream treat, for example, at Haines Shoe House in York – a real-life house shaped like a shoe. How about stopping by the coolest toy store in the world (that’s how it bills itself) when you visit Playthings, Etc. in Butler? The toy store’s shaped like a stealth bomber. Save some time to check out the PennDOT Roadside Sculpture Garden in Meadville, too.

Address: Linesville Spillway, 12318 Hartstown Rd, Linesville, PA 16424, USA