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Description - Woodcock Creek Dam is a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious core. The embankment rises 90 feet above the stream bed and has a top length of 4,650 feet. An uncontrolled sidehill spillway is located around the left abutment. It was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936 and has been in full operation since February, 1974. This reservoir project is part of the flood control system operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers for French Creek, Allegheny and Upper Ohio Rivers. Visitors will discover that Woodcock's pleasant surroundings are an ideal setting for outdoor recreation. Nearly a mile in length, fitness buffs can enjoy a scenic walk, jog or run along the top of the dam. The Bossard Nature Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail in the National Trails System. Nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to make exciting new discoveries on their own or to walk the self-guided nature trail and perhaps stop to observe nature from one of two observation blinds located along the trail. Approximately 1,000 feet of the trail's pathway is paved and is easily accessible. On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, visitors will also enjoy a stopover at Woodcock's Visitor Information Center. A variety of interesting displays are exhibited at the center with interpretive programs and slide shows presented for the public's enjoyment. An overlook on the north shore provides visitors with a scenic area to take photographs or just to relax and enjoy the day. A picnic area located downstream of the dam also offers a beautiful setting for picnicking, fishing, playground fun and relaxation. A spacious campground, developed swim beach, picnic areas and a six lane boat launch are located in the Colonel Crawford Park Area. The lake offers boating opportunities for those with a 10 hp or under motor, canoeists, sailboats and sailboards. Anglers enjoy the opportunity to catch warm water game fish including muskie, bass, walleye and panfish. The area also includes a public hunting ground with excellent wildlife habitat.

Attractions - Woodcock Creek Dam is a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious core. The embankment rises 90 feet above the stream bed and has a top length of 4,650 feet. An uncontrolled sidehill spillway is located around the left abutment.

Woodcock Creek Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936 and has been in full operation since February, 1974. This reservoir project is part of the flood control system operated by the Corps of Engineers for French Creek, Allegheny and Upper Ohio Rivers.

The pool elevation is generally held near 1181.0 from early May until mid-August. If hydrometeorological conditions permit this elevation will be held until as late as the end of October. However, low flow augmentation for water quality releases generally forces a drawdown beginning in early August. A forced drawdown during November and December lowers the pool to 1165.5 by early January. This elevation is held until mid-March, when a gradual filling is allowed to occur so summer pool can be achieved. Periods of heavy rainfall and/or snowmelt will cause rapid and often significant rises.

Woodcock Creek Lake's congressionally authorized project purposes include flood control, low flow augmentation for water quality, fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation. All but the last two of these project purposes have storage allocated for their operation. As a result, operations (gate changes) are made to maximize the flood storage capability of the project and to store enough water for low flow augmentation for water quality release throughout the mid to late summer months. The remainder of the project purposes are accommodated to the extent feasible.

Recreation - Placidly resting amidst gently rolling hills, Woodcock Creek Lake compliments the tranquil rural countryside of central Crawford County. Visitors will discover that Woodcock's pleasant surroundings are an ideal setting for outdoor recreation opportunities. Many exceptional facilities are also provided by the Corps of Engineers which will enhance a visit to the lake.

An access roadway which traverses the top of the dam provides visitors with a novel opportunity. Nearly a mile in length, fitness buffs can enjoy a scenic walk, jog or run along the top of the dam.

The Bossard Nature Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail in the National Trails System. Nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to make exciting new discoveries on their own or to walk the self-guided nature trail and perhaps stop to observe nature from one of two observation blinds located along the trail. Approximately 1,000 feet of the trail's pathway is paved and is easily accessible.

On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, visitors will also enjoy a stopover at Woodcock's Visitor Information Center. A variety of interesting displays are exhibited at the center with interpretive programs and slide shows presented for the public's enjoyment.

An overlook on the north shore provides visitors with a scenic area to take photographs or just to relax and enjoy the day. A picnic area located downstream of the dam also offers a beautiful setting for picnicking, fishing, playground fun and relaxation.

A spacious campground, developed swim beach, picnic areas and a six lane boat launch are located in the Colonel Crawford Park Area on the south shore. Operated and maintained by Crawford County, the park provides excellent facilities to make your visit to Woodcock Creek Lake a memorable one.

Due to the relatively small size of the lake, a 10hp limit is in effect for power boats. This limit helps retain the serene nature of the lake and ensures the safety of other types of pleasure crafts including canoes, sailboats and sailboards.

Woodcock Creek, above and below the dam, as well as the lake, provides exceptionally good fishing opportunities. The creek is a favored trout stream and muskie, bass, walleye and panfish await anglers in the calm waters of the lake.

Pennsylvania State Game Lands 435 is found at the eastern end of the project. This provides a public hunting area, as well as excellent wildlife habitat.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Woodcock Creek Lake area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - From northwestern Pennsylvania in Meadville take US 6 / 19 north about a mile or so and turn right onto SR 198. OR take SR 86 north from Meadville and turn right onto SR 198.


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Contact Information:
Woodcock Creek Lake, 22079 State Highway 198 , Saegertown, PA, 16433-0629, Phone: 814-763-4422

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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