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