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Description - Foster Joseph Sayers Dam is a water storage reservoir with a capacity of 99,000 acre feet at spillway crest, equal to 5.47 inches of runoff from the drainage area above the dam and when full, will extend upstream for 10.0 miles. The project controls a drainage area of 339 square miles or 88 percent of the drainage area above Beech Creek and 43 percent of the Bald Eagle Creek drainage area. The 5,900 acres offers a variety of recreation opportunities including, boating, swimming and camping.

Attractions - Foster Joseph Sayers Dam is of earth fill construction with a maximum height of 100 feet above the streambed and a top length of 6,835 feet. It has a gated outlet tunnel for the regulation of flood flows. The spillway, located in rock in a saddle adjacent to the left abutment, is uncontrolled. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 99,000 acre feet at spillway crest, equal to 5.47 inches of runoff from the drainage area above the dam and when full, will extend upstream for 10.0 miles. The project controls a drainage area of 339 square miles or 88 percent of the drainage area above Beech Creek and 43 percent of the Bald Eagle Creek drainage area. The project reduces flood heights on Bald Eagle Creek below the dam and along the West Branch below Lock Haven. In the summer months, a lake of 1,730 acres is provided for recreation.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania coordinates the operation of its George B. Stevenson Dam and Curwensville Dam, Alvin R. Bush Dam, and Foster Joseph Sayers Dam, in order to secure optimum flood control benefits from a systems operation.

Recreation - Recreation facilities are operated and maintained by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). DCNR leases 5,900 acres with the following facilities: beach, marina, picnic areas, boat launches and camping. Howard Borough also leases, operates and maintains a five-acre community park.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Foster Joseph Sayers Dam area generally has cold winter months with temperatures averaging from 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius).

Location - Foster Joseph Sayers Dam is located on Bald Eagle Creek approximately one mile upstream from Blanchard and 14 miles above the mouth at Lock Haven, Centre County, Pennsylvania.


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Contact Information:
Foster Joseph Sayers Dam, P.O. Box 227 , Beech Creek, PA, 16822-6822, Phone: 717-962-2500

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Valleys of the Susquehanna Area - The beautiful Susquehanna River winds through fertile valleys surrounded by forest covered ridges. Anglers can explore the world-class smallmouth bass fishing in the river or Penns Creek which is known as one of the best trout streams in America.

Links:
Foster Joseph Sayers Dam - Official agency website

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