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Allegheny National Forest- The Allegheny National Forest encompasses 513,161 acres in northwest Pennsylvania. It is within easy driving distance of several metropolitan areas in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada.

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Description - The Allegheny Reservoir spans the border between Pennsylvania and New York. In Pennsylvania, the reservoir is completely surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest and in New York State by Allegheny State Park and the Allegheny Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation. A visitor center located downstream of the dam offers slide programs, exhibits, displays and brochures which explain the purpose to the dam, power plant and other features found in the area. Summer draws swimmers, boaters, water skiers, campers and anglers to the area while fall draws thousands of leaf lookers. Hiking trails and country roads are filled with folks enjoying the brilliant fall scenery. The winter season offers an opportunity for ice fishermen, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. With the arrival of spring, many stay on the trails looking for the first wildflower blossom while others reenter the waterways to canoe and trout fish.

Attractions - The Allegheny Reservoir spans the border between Pennsylvania and New York. In Pennsylvania, the reservoir is completely surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest and in New York State by Allegheny State Park and the Allegheny Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation. The National Forest and the Seneca Nation are highlights of the lake. In addition, Cattaraugus County in New York provides numerous recreational facilities for your enjoyment.

Recreation - Visitors can enhance their visit to the area by stopping at the Big Bend Visitor Center just downstream of the dam. The center contains slide programs, exhibits, displays and brochures which explain and illustrate the purpose to the dam, power plant and other features found in the area. The center is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and weekends in September and October.

Totally surrounded by forest, Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir are at the heart of one of the largest and most popular outdoor recreation complexes in the northeastern United States. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to visit the reservoir and discover a diversity of year-round recreational opportunities that will delight the outdoor enthusiast.

In the summer, there are numerous activities ranging from swimming, boating and water-skiing, to camping, fishing and sightseeing. During the autumn, the Kinzua countryside produces colorful displays of fall foliage with miles of hiking trails and country roads from which to enjoy the brilliant fall scenery. Winter doesn't signal an end to the enjoyment of the outdoors. Hikers turn to cross-country skiing, fishermen continue their sport on the ice, and snowmobiles speed along the many trails and forest roads. The blossoming of the woodland wildflowers signals the arrival of spring in Kinzua Country and with it, the arrival of trout fishermen, canoeists and nature enthusiasts.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Kinzua Dam area generally has very cold winter months with temperatures averaging 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The region's average summer temperatures average 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). Precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter.

Location - From Warren, Pennsylvania travel SR 59, off of US 6, for just a few miles to reach the dam.


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Filed By: greg folkwein
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: i camp in the kinzua area every year in october. this year we saw a deer a flock of wild turkeys a red tail hawk and a bear finally came into our site.we camp near jakes rocks.

Filed By: Gary Heywood (Chalfont,, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I just came back with my two sons from tent camping on the reservoir. We all loved it. Jumping in the water first thing in the morning and last thing at night was a real plus. The scenic view of the reservoir is unbelievable.


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Contact Information:
Kinzua Dam And Allegheny Reservoir, 1205 Kinzua Road , Warren, PA, 16365-5599, Phone: 814-726-0661

Additional Information:
Allegheny National Forest Area - The Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania is a remote area of the state characterized by wilderness surroundings. This region offers the best opportunities for viewing elk and black bear.
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.

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Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir - Official agency website

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