"Youghiogheny River Lake"
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 approximately 8,000 (814) 395-3242 homes for a year across western and central Pennsylvania. Daily Lake & Recreation Information: (814) 395-3166 www.lrp.usace.army.mil/rec/rec.htm 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 outdoor recreation. 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.