The Big Spring Watershed Association was formed in 2001 with the goals of protecting and managing wild native trout populations of the Big Spring, and other natural, cultural, and historical resources of the watershed. We hope to aid in restoring the stream and reestablishing a wild, natural reproducing brook trout population in its waters, as well as protecting the stream for residents, visitors, and future generations.

The Big Spring Creek is the 5th largest spring in Pennsylvania. It is one of the world’s most productive limestone spring creeks. In the past, the Big Spring was considered by anglers to have been the premier limestone brook trout stream in the Eastern United States. Our organization is made up of concerned citizens, scientists, fishermen, birders, and others who recognize the Big Spring's value and wish to restore and preserve it.

To meet these objectives, the BSWA works with federal, state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other interested groups and individuals in developing, maintaining and advancing programs for the Big Spring’s general welfare.

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The Big Spring is not only a great place to fish for trout but a beautiful place to go birding or just to enjoy the scenic views. On this map you can see the origin of the Big Spring in the lower left and where it empties into the Conodoguinet just north of Newville just below the PA Turnpike. From Newville south, the Big Spring is readily accessible. North of Newville it is not.




To reach the Big Spring take exit 37 off of I-81. Head north on 233 for 1 mile, Take a left at the traffic light onto Rte, 11(Ritner Hwy). Go 3 miles and take a right unto Big Spring Road. The Spring Head is about a mile up the road.

From the North, take 233 south until you reach reach the lights at Route 11(Ritner Hwy). Take a right at the lights and then follow the directions as above.