Union City Dam

Quick Facts

Union City Dam


(814) 763-4477

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Things To Do


The Union City Dam is a unique member in a series 16 of flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. Located on French Creek among the rolling hills of Erie County, the Union City project is the only dry-bed reservoir in the District. It offers visitors the unique experience of watching a dry-bed reservoir become a lake, as the dam automatically stores and releases water during period of peak flow. The Union City Dam provides visitors with the chance to enjoy a number of outdoor recreational opportunities. The different types of habitat and ecosystems that can be found at the project provide hikers, bird watchers, and the novice naturalist with a diversity of flora and fauna to discover and enjoy.

Map of Union City Dam

Latitude, Longitude: 41.920611, -79.900608



  • Bird Watching

    View various types of birds.

  • Fishing

    French Creek entices many fishermen to the project to test their angling skills against game fish such as northern pike, walleye and muskie. There is also an abundance of smallmouth bass and panfish in the creek and trout in many of the creek's feeder streams.

  • Hunting

    Deer, turkey, small game and waterfowl are plentiful and provide hunters with many exciting opportunities and experiences.

  • Picnicking

    Picnickers can relax in the quiet rural surroundings and enjoy the scenery and view of the dam. Picnic tables, grills and restroom facilities are provided and disabled visitors will find the tables and restroom wheelchair accessible.


The lake forming process usually occurs during later winter and early spring as a result of melting snow and spring rains. The resulting lake usually lasts only for two or three weeks.



Union City Dam is three miles west of Union City, Pa. Travel west from Union City on Pennsylvania Route 97 and turn right onto Middleton Road. The dam is on the left.

Phone Numbers


(814) 763-4477