by Elena Bittinger
Spring is fast approaching, so if you want to say goodbye to winter and get outside, try a day trip with family and friends to William H. Kain County Park in York, where fun water-related activities and other attractions are available for your seasonal pleasure. According to Michael Fobes, manager of natural resources for the York County parks, Kain Park comprises 1,637 acres of woodlands and lakes. The prime attractions are Lake Redman and Lake Williams.
York County established William H. Kain County Park in 1976. It was named after the president of the York Water Co., which was instrumental in its creation. The park is also home to the William H. Kain Memorial, which honors the memories of victims of alcohol- and drug-related crashes. The memorial was created by the York County chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD).
And according to Fobes, Lake Redman is not simply a beautiful natural amenity: It also serves a very practical purpose as a reservoir for the greater York area.
Put away those smart devices, push the pause button on those video games, and come out and enjoy the great outdoors. The park has something for everyone.
The primary recreational opportunities are hiking, fishing, mountain biking and birdwatching, according to Fobes. Also, visitors can rent a boat, picnic and play volleyball, among other activities.
Hiking: The park offers more than 12 miles of hiking trails, of varying levels of difficulty. “Trails are open to hiking every day during daylight hours,” Fobes says. “We do close the trails to bikes and horses during the muddy conditions, but trails are always open to foot traffic.”
Birdwatching: Head down the Trail No. 5 extension to the backwaters of Lake Redman and find ample birding on the 350-foot walking deck.
Fishing: Anglers can find many species in both lakes, including crappie, catfish, largemouth bass and muskie.
Boating: Boat rental starts the first weekend in May. Those who want to get away from shore can use rowboats, paddle boats, canoes, or kayaks.
Picnicking: There are five pavilions for dining and partying, with horseshoe pits nearby.
Radio-Controlled Airplanes: For a more high-tech outdoors experience, there’s a landing strip for radio-controlled airplanes. You must be a member of the Prop Buster Radio Control Club in order to use it. “Anyone can join the club,” Fobes says, “but you must be a member to fly at the facility.”
He adds that it’s a good social platform for those just getting started in RC plane flying.
To help preserve the park and for safety, view the website for rules and regulations: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation/the-parks/william-kain-parks.html.