Youghiogheny River Lake

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Youghiogheny River Lake

Pennsylvania

(814) 395-3242

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Overview

In the heart of the Laurel Highlands and spanning the Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland lies Youghiogheny River Lake. Youghiogheny River Lake is one of 16 flood control projects for the Youghiogheny and lower Monongahela River Valley.

Youghiogheny River Lake attracts numerous visitors each year to enjoy the water and mountains. Boating, hunting, camping, fishing are a few of the many activities to be enjoyed. 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 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 the Youghiogheny below Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, is renowned for its whitewater and is often the scene of national kayaking competitions.

Map of Youghiogheny River Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 39.754329, -79.398150

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Activities

  • Boating

    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. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has developed and maintains the Jockey Hollow Boat Launching Area.

    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.

  • Bicycling

    For cycling enthusiasts the Youghiogheny River Hiking-Biking Trail South runs from Confluence, Pennsylvania, to Ohiopyle State Park and extends into the Outflow Campground.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors are invited to tour the project and enjoy the scenery as well as the other numerous points of interest which are within a short drive of the lake. An especially breathtaking time for sightseeing at Youghiogheny River Lake is during the first half of October when fall foliage colors are at their peak.

  • Camping

    There are 3 campgrounds at Youghiogheny River Lake ranging from modern to primitive. The Mill Run Campground remains open year-round. The Outflow Campground remains open year-round; camping is free until April 10.

  • Fishing

    For the angler, 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.

    The tail waters 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.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted with up-to-date licenses.

  • Picnicking

    There are four picnic areas perfect for enjoying the scenery.

  • Water Sports

    There are three swimming beaches at the lake.

    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.

    The lake is popular for water-skiing.

Seasonality/Weather

Best time to visit is from May through October

Park Partners

Somerville South Concessionaire

Directions

Driving

From Confluence, PA, head Northeast on State Route 281. Turn right on Park Street then left on Oden Street. Turn right on PA-281 South. Turn left on Flanigan Road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(814) 395-3242

Permits

(814) 395-3166

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