Youghiogheny River Lake, Lake and Dam Statistics
authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938, Location: On the Youghiogheny River, about a
is one of 16 flood damage reduction projects half mile above Confluence, Pa. The lake is
in the Pittsburgh District. The project provides located in Fayette and Somerset Counties in Youghiogheny River Lake
flood protection for the Youghiogheny and Pennsylvania and Garrett County in Maryland.
lower Monongahela River valleys as well as
for the Ohio River. Total Area: 3,915 acres
Since completion in 1943, the Drainage area above dam: 434 sq. mi.
Youghiogheny Lake has prevented flood Construction costs: $9,675,000
damages estimated to be in excess of $1.59 Dam
billion. The lake has the capability to store the Type structure:
equivalent run-off of 21 inches of precipitation Rolled earth with impervious core
from its 434 square mile watershed. Volume of earthfill and rockfill:
The dam also helps to alleviate pollution 3,060,500 cu yd
problems by releasing additional water Maximum height above streambed: 184 ft.
downstream during low water periods. Total length: 1,610 ft.
Increased stream flow improves the quality Maximum width at base: 1,100 ft.
of water entering the rivers from towns,
industries, and coal mine drainage. The Outlet works:
increased stream flow also improves the Three 4’3” x 20’ vertical lift gates
navigability of the Monongahela and upper Concrete lined tunnel 1,800’ long
Ohio rivers for barge traffic. x 16.5’ to18’ in diameter
Youghiogheny Hydro-Electric Authority Lake
holds a license issued by the Federal Energy
Length at normal pool: 16 mi.
Regulatory Commission to operate a
Summer Area: 2,840 acres
hydroelectric plant below the dam. D/R Hydro
Maximum Area: 3,566 acres
Company that has operated and maintained
the plant since 1989.
Elevation above sea level:
The plant can generate
Streambed at dam: 1,313 ft.
up to 12 Megawatts of Youghiogheny River Lake
Maximum Pool: 1,470 ft.
electricity per hour, 497 Flanigan Road
Summer Pool: 1,439 ft.
enough to service Confluence, PA 15424-1902
homes for a year across
western and central
Pennsylvania. Daily Lake & Recreation Information:
May 2009 CELRP 1130-1-7
R e c r e a t i o n
In the heart of the Laurel Highlands and For those who prefer non-motorized Another popular activity at Youghiogheny
spanning the Mason-Dixon line between boats, the Youghiogheny River has plenty to River Lake is camping. Campers have a
Pennsylvania and Maryland sits offer. From the outflow area of the dam and choice of three campgrounds at which to stay,
Youghiogheny River Lake. The U.S. Army extending for approximately 20 miles each offering
Corps of downstream is one of the more popular something
Engineers rafting and canoeing rivers in the eastern different with
invites you to United States. The boulder strewn stretch of facilities
experience the river below Ohiopyle, Pa. is renowned for its ranging from
waters, whitewater and is often the scene of national modern to
mountains and kayaking competitions. primitive.
steep-sided valleys which encompass the
For fishermen, there are numerous coves If you’re out for an afternoon drive, why not
lake and provide an unsurpassed setting for
and backwater areas along the lake which stop and have a lakeside picnic at one of
provide excellent fishing. The lake is Youghiogheny’s four picnic areas, then tour the
A popular location for recreation, inhabited by a large variety of game and pan area and enjoy the scenery as well as the
Youghiogheny River Lake attracts numerous fish and is known as a hotspot for walleye numerous points of interest which are within a
visitors each year. Boating, fishing, camping, and smallmouth bass. A license has been short drive of the lake. A special time for
and many other outdoor activities are granted to the Fish and Boat Commission for sightseeing at Youghiogheny River Lake is
available, with outstanding facilities provided fish management purposes in the during the first half of October when fall colors
for the visitor’s convenience. Pennsylvania portion of the lake. are at their peak.
Boaters consider Youghiogheny River The Fish and Boat Commission also
Lake, with its 16 mile length and channels up developed and maintains the Jockey Hollow
to one-half mile wide, the best power boating Boat Launching Area. The tailwaters of the
and water-skiing lake in southwestern dam are also very popular for trout fishing.
Pennsylvania. Youghiogheny River Lake’s outflow area is
one of the few areas in Pennsylvania open
for trout fishing year round and is stocked by
the Fish and Boat Commission on a regular
basis throughout the spring and summer. The
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
close the Youghiogheny River to trout fishing
for two weeks prior to the start of trout
season each year.