Woodcock Creek Lake
Placidly resting amidst gently rolling hills, Woodcock Creek Lake complements the tranquil rural countryside of central Crawford County. Woodcock Creek Lake is one of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. The project's purpose is to reduce downstream flooding as part of the French Creek flood control system, to improve downstream water quality and to provide a diversified array of general recreation activities. Visitors can enjoy nearly a mile long of scenic views from atop the dam that doubles as a path. The Bossard Nature Trail is also designated as a National Recreation Trail in the National Trails System. Nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to make exciting new discoveries on their own or to walk the self-guided nature trail and perhaps stop to observe nature from one of two observation blinds located along the trail. Approximately 1000 feet of the trail's pathway is paved and is easily accessible. Visitors will discover that Woodcock's pleasant surroundings are an ideal setting for outdoor and recreational opportunities.
Due to the relatively small size of the lake, a 10hp limit is in effect for power boats. This limit helps retain the serene nature of the lake and ensures the safety of other types of pleasure crafts including canoes, sailboats, and sailboards.
Colonel Crawford Park Campground sites, located on the south shore, are on a first come, first served basis except for summer holidays when up to half of the campsites may be reserved. Operated and maintained by Crawford County, the park provides excellent facilities to make your visit to Woodcock Creek Lake a memorable one
Woodcock Creek, above and below the dam, as well as the lake, provides exceptionally good fishingopportunities. The creek is a favored trout stream and muskie, bass, walleye and panfish await anglers in the calm waters of the lake.
The Bossard Nature Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail in the National Trails System. Nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to make exciting new discoveries on their own or to walk the self-guided nature trail and perhaps stop to observe nature from one of two observation blinds located along the trail. Approximately 1000 feet of the trail's pathway is paved and is easily accessible.
Pennsylvania State Game Lands 435 is found at the eastern end of the project. This provides a publichunting area, as well as excellent wildlife habitat.
A picnic area located downstream of the dam also offers a beautiful setting for picnicking, fishing, playground fun and relaxation.
Please contact the park for information on RV sites.
Please contact the park for information on water sports.
Please contact the park for information on seasonal activities.
Crawford County Conservation District
From Meadville, head south on Park Avenue toward North Street. Take the first left onto North Street. Take the second left on to Highway 86 then turn right on PA-198 East.