Description - In the heart of the Laurel Highlands and spanning the Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland lies Youghiogheny River Lake. This river attracts thousands of visitors each year to some of the best whitewater boating competition on the East Coast. Also, those with power boats consider Youghiogheny River Lake some of the best southwestern PA water recreation. The tailwaters of the dam provide one of the areas best trout fishing locations. Also, the lake is inhabited by a large variety of game and panfish and is especially known as a hotspot for walleye and smallmouth bass. In addition, hunting, camping, hiking and many other outdoor activities are enjoyed by visitors with outstanding facilities provided for the public's convenience.
- In the heart of the Laurel Highlands and spanning the Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland lies Youghiogheny River Lake. The US Army Corps of Engineers invites you to experience the clean waters, mountains and steep-sided valleys which encompass the project and provide an unsurpassed setting for outdoor recreation opportunities.
Recreation - A popular location for recreation, Youghiogheny River Lake attracts numerous visitors to the project each year. Boating, hunting, camping and many other outdoor activities are enjoyed by visitors with outstanding facilities provided for the public's convenience.
Boaters consider Youghiogheny River Lake, with all its 16 mile length and channels up to one-half mile wide, the best power boating and water skiing lake in southwestern Pennsylvania.
For the fisherman, there are numerous coves and backwater areas along the lake which provide excellent fishing. The lake is inhabited by a large variety of game and panfish and is especially known as a hotspot for walleye and smallmouth bass. A license has been granted to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for fish management purposes in the Pennsylvania portion of the lake. The Fish and Boat Commission has also developed, and maintains, the Jockey Hollow Boat Launching Area. The tailwaters of the dam are very popular for trout fishing. Youghiogheny River Lake's outflow area is one of the few areas in Pennsylvania open for trout fishing year round (except for the two weeks immediately preceding Opening Day) and is stocked by the Fish and Boat Commission on a regular basis throughout the spring and summer.
Another popular activity at Youghiogheny River Lake is camping. Campers have a choice of three campgrounds at which to stay, each offering something different with facilities ranging from modern to primitive. Reservations for campsites at four Pittsburgh District lakes -- Youghiogheny River Lake, Berlin Lake, Tionesta Lake and Shenango River Lake -- can be made by contacting the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), an interagency one-stop service enter for recreation reservations, toll-free at 1-877-444-6777. Campsites at the remaining Pittsburgh District projects not in the NRRS program are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For those who prefer to propel their boats with a paddle, the Youghiogheny River has plenty to offer. From the outflow area of the dam and extending for approximately 20 miles downstream is one of the most popular rafting and canoeing rivers in the eastern United States. The boulder strewn stretch of river below Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, is renowned for its whitewater and is often the scene of national kayaking competitions.
Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Youghiogheny area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).
From Uniontown take US 40 southeast about 15 miles to the lake. To reach the dam, turn left (north) before reaching the lake onto SR 281 and travel it a couple miles.