Photo by Justin Strawser; courtesy of The Daily Item

New Name for Local Observation Area

Shikellamy state park’s Point Observation Area receives a new name in recognition of PA legislator Franklin Kury. A longtime supporter and champion for environmental rights, Kury was honored by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on September 23, 2016 with the official dedication of Point Observation Area as Kury Point.

A native of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Franklin saw firsthand the adverse effects that poor environmental decisions had on the Susquehanna River. During his tenure in the PA House and later Senate, Kury made great strides in the legislator and was a monumental leader in PA's conservation history. His accomplishments include authoring the Environmental Rights Amendment for the Pennsylvania Constituent, aiding to restore spawning runs for migratory fish on the lower Susquehanna, and sponsoring the Scenic Rivers Act with had a critical impact on improving the quality of the Susquehanna. 

“I am excited by this recognition of my legislative efforts to protect the environment. My efforts were successful because of the many people who worked with me, especially Basse Beck of Sunbury,” Kury said. “In the mid-60s, Beck led in the fight to protect the river and was instrumental in my election to the House in 1966 on the clean streams issue. His spirit is reflected in what I did and what is being honored.” 

Shikellamy State Park is located in Union and Northumberland counties at the confluence of the North and West Branches of the Susquehanna River. This 54-acre park provides access to walking and biking trails, picnic grounds, the Shikellamy Marina and boat launch, and the newly-dedicated Kury Point observation area. The 78-acre Shikellamy Overlook located on the western shore of the Susquehanna River. A 360-foot cliff overlooks the confluence of the branches of the Susquehanna River.