Historic Kinzua Dam construction photos, © Milan Peich
Recreational opportunities abound here at
Kinzua Lake, the Allegheny Reservoir,
formed by the Kinzua Dam more than a
half-century ago. Home to record-setting
fish catches it is the largest inland body of
water in the state of Pennsylvania. The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers estimates its size
at 12,000 acres and depths of 50 to 150 feet.
This is where anglers come every September for the
Pennsylvania State Fishing Championship. Located in
remote northwest Pennsylvania, near Warren, it is entirely
surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest, the Seneca
Nation, and New York's Allegany State Park. It also formed
the Allegheny National Recreation Area by an act
of Congress in 1964. Enjoy our beaches, hiking paths,
marinas, and scenic drives. Welcome!
It is estimated the Kinzua Lake area receives a million visits
every year from bikers, cyclists, hikers, anglers, boaters,
campers, bird watchers, photographers, and canoeists. The
Kinzua Dam resulted in the Allegheny National Recreation
Area which contains Pennsylvania's first wilderness lands. It
is the site of the Allegheny National Forest, headquartered
in nearby Warren PA.
Photo Copyright 2013 by Karen Gentilman Clopp.
Click on photo to see pictures of Kinzua Dam under construction.
It was the federal government's largest project at the time. It
created Kinzua Lake, the Allegheny Reservoir, transforming the
area into an outdoor enthusiast's haven and vacation land.
|Photo guide to Pennsylvania's Kinzua Lake Region
|Come and see the fish from Kinzua Dam!
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