East Branch Clarion River Lake

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East Branch Clarion River Lake

Pennsylvania

(814) 965-2065

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Overview

Nestled in the upper reaches of the scenic Clarion River Valley, the glistening waters of East Branch Clarion River Lake provide the ideal setting for numerous outdoor recreational opportunities including boating, hunting, fishing, and camping.

Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1944, East Branch Clarion River Lake is one of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. An important link in a system of flood control projects, East Branch provides flood protection for the Clarion River Valley as well as the lower Allegheny and upper Ohio Rivers.

East Branch Lake has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 21.84 inches of precipitation from its 72.4 square mile drainage area. Since its completion in 1952, East Branch has prevented flood damages estimated to be nearly eighty-four million dollars. The project's flood control capabilities were dramatically demonstrated during the June 1972 floods resulting from Tropical Storm Agnes when over twenty million dollars in damages were prevented by East Branch alone. When compared to the flood control benefits which have resulted, the construction costs of nine million dollars appear small.

East Branch also stores water to be released downstream during dry periods. These releases of water have the effect of improving water quality and quantity for domestic and industrial use, navigation, recreation, esthetics and aquatic life.

Map of East Branch Clarion River Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 41.519573, -78.650508

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Elk State Park-Instanter boat launching ramp is closed to all trailered vessels due the continued summer draw down of the lake. Hand carried vessels such as kayaks, canoes, etc., are still able to use the launching ramp.

  • Camping

    East Branch Campground provides you with a tranquil setting for an enjoyable camping experience that will lure you back many times.

  • Fishing

    East Branch Lake with its clean, clear and deep waters offers anglers the opportunity to harvest tiger muskellunge, smallmouth bass, walleye or lake trout. Try fly fishing in the delayed harvest area below the dam on the East Branch of the Clarion River to see if you can land a trophy trout.

  • Hiking

    A hike on the self-guided Shady Ridge Natural Trail will enhance your outdoor experience.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is prohibited on federal property, however adjacent to East Branch Lake is Elk State Forest and game lands that will provide the hunter with abundant game such as deer, turkey, bear and small game.

  • Picnicking

    If a relaxing picnic with family or friends is more to your liking take advantage of the Overlook Picnic Area which offers you a panoramic view of the lake and dam. Looking for a place to have an outdoor gathering? A pavilion is available for the family outings or group gathering. Pavilion reservations are now being accepted for the Overlook Pavilion.

  • RVing

    East Branch Campground provides you with a tranquil setting for an enjoyable camping experience that will lure you back many times.

  • Water Sports

    Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing and boating all permitted on East Branch River Lake.

Directions

Driving

From Pittsburgh take I-279 north to where I-279 north and I-79 intersect. Follow I-79 north approximately 58 miles to the I-80 interchange and take I-80 east, 79 miles to Exit 16(Dubois). Follow Rt. 219 North, 32 miles through Brockway, Ridgeway, Johnsonburg to Wilcox. Turn right at the yellow blinking light and follow the signs to East Branch Lake.

Alternate Route: Take 28 north from Pittsburgh to Kittanning to Brookville. At Brookville take I-80 east to the Hazen (Exit 14). Turn Left on 28 North to Brockway. At Brockway take 219 north to Ridgeway, Johnsonburg to Wilcox. Turn right at the yellow blinking light and follow the signs to East Branch Lake.

Phone Numbers

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(814) 965-2065

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