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Description - Union City Dam is the only dry-bed reservoir in the Pittsburgh District. The project consists of a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious core. The embankment rises 88 feet above the stream bed and has a top length of 1,420 feet. An uncontrolled ogee weir side channel spillway is adjacent to the dam. As a dry-bed reservoir, the dam is designed to pass normal flows from French Creek. A temporary lake is formed when the amount of water entering the project (inflow) exceeds the project's capacity to discharge it through the outlet works. This storage of excess runoff (and highest pool elevations) is greatest during the months of January - April.

Picnicking is enjoyed along the banks offering picnic tables, grills and restroom facilities. Disabled visitors will find the tables and restrooms wheelchair accessible. French Creek offers anglers opportunity to catch northern pike, walleye and muskie. There is also an abundance of smallmouth bass and panfish in the creek and trout in many of the creek's feeder streams. Hunting is also a popular pastime at the Union City Dam.

Attractions - Union City Dam is the only dry-bed reservoir in the Pittsburgh District. The project consists of a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious core. The embankment rises 88 feet above the stream bed and has a top length of 1,420 feet. An uncontrolled ogee weir side channel spillway is adjacent to the dam.

Union City Dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936 and has been in full operation since October, 1970. This project is part of the flood control system operated by the Corps of Engineers for French Creek, Allegheny and Upper Ohio Rivers.

As a dry-bed reservoir, the dam is designed to pass normal flows from French Creek. A temporary lake is formed when the amount of water entering the project (inflow) exceeds the project's capacity to discharge it through the outlet works. This storage of excess runoff (and highest pool elevations) is greatest during the months of January - April. However, as with all flood control reservoirs, periods of heavy rainfall and/or snowmelt will cause rapid and often significant rises to the project's pool elevation.

Recreation - Picnic tables, grills and restroom facilities are provided and disabled visitors will find the tables and restrooms wheelchair accessible in this rural atmosphere.

The Union City Dam provides visitors with the chance to enjoy a number of outdoor recreational opportunities. The different types of habitat and ecosystems that can be found at the project provide hikers, bird watchers, and the novice naturalist with a diversity of flora and fauna to discover and enjoy.

French Creek entices many fishermen to the project to test their angling skills against game fish such as northern pike, walleye and muskie. There is also an abundance of smallmouth bass and panfish in the creek and trout in many of the creek's feeder streams.

Hunting is also a popular pastime at the Union City Dam. Deer, turkey, small game and waterfowl are plentiful and provide hunters with many exciting opportunities and experiences.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Union Dam area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). It is not uncommon for this area to receive an abundant snowfall with temperatures dipping below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - Union City Dam is located 3 miles west of Union City, Pennsylvania which is located in the upper northwest corner of the state.


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Contact Information:
Union City Dam, P.O. Box 629 , Saegertown, PA, 16433-0629, Phone: 814-763-4477

Additional Information:
Lake Erie Area - The Lake Erie Area is located in Pennsylvania's northwest corner offering a great playground of beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cultural, historical and natural wonders of this beautiful area attract thousands of visitors to the outdoors each year.
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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Union City Dam - Official agency website

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