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Description - Tionesta Dam is a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious core. The embankment rises 154 feet above the stream bed, has a top length of 1,050 feet and a base width of approximately 1,080 feet. An uncontrolled saddle spillway is adjacent to the dam. The project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936 and has been in full operation since December, 1940. This reservoir project is part of the flood control system operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Allegheny and Upper Ohio Rivers. Recreation opportunities abound year-round. Visitors enjoy boating, camping, educational programs, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, wildlife viewing and water sports. A visitor center with restaurant and food is conveniently located near the dam's amenities.


Attractions - Tionesta Dam is a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious core. The embankment rises 154 feet above the streambed, has a top length of 1,050 feet and a base width of approximately 1,080 feet. An uncontrolled saddle spillway is adjacent to the dam.

Tionesta Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936 and has been in full operation since December, 1940. This reservoir project is part of the flood control system operated by the Corps of Engineers for the Allegheny and Upper Ohio Rivers.

The pool elevation at Tionesta Lake is generally maintained between elevations 1089.0-1090.0, in order to provide adequate storage during periods of excessive runoff. However, periods of heavy rainfall and/or snowmelt will cause rapid and often significant rises in pool elevation.

Tionesta Lake's Congressionally Authorized project purposes include flood control, fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation. Of these project purposes, only flood control has storage allocated for its operation. As a result, operations (gate changes) are made to maximize the flood storage capability of the project. The remainder of the project purposes are accommodated to the extent feasible.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities abound on Tionesta Lake. Year-round access offers enjoyment for boating, camping, educational programs, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, wildlife viewing and water sports. A visitor center with restaurant and food is conveniently located near the dam's amenities.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Tionesta Lake area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to -4 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius).

Location - The dam is located on Tionesta Creek, 1.2 miles above its confluence with the Allegheny River. The dam and reservoir lie entirely within Forest County, PA. From Oil City take US 62 east about 15, then head south on SR 36.


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Filed By: DJ Hritz
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Mr. Strenkowski may be guilty of W.U.I. (Writing under the influence).

Filed By: Lester Kibbe (Tionesta, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: I have officially banned Dennis Strenkowski from my campground. His drinking and whatnot make a mockery of human decency. He harasses the people he stays with, takes all of their food and beer, makes life miserable for other campers (especially pre-pubescent girls), and leaves without paying for his damages. Over Memorial Day weekend I caught him setting up a hidden camera in the men's restroom. He wore a hockey mask, carried a sledge-axe and chased some kids around the island all silly. Then he tried selling a Civil War boot with a dried-up foot in it at our auction. Maybe that's considered entertainment where he's from, but not on my property. Beware of this selfish, smelly nut.

Filed By: Dennis Strenkowski (The Terrace, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Now I ain't no animalographer, but I think I knows a bear when I seen one. I seen black bear in PA, kodiak in Alaska, and pandas at the zoo in D.C. What I laid eyes upon March 18, 2-double-ought-2 early in the morn weren't no bear. I was campin' along Rt 62 with my friend Daniel. We had just got a fire blazin' after a night at the Hickory Nut. Dan was eatin' a hot sausage an then I hear this snortin' noise comin' from about 25 yards away. I grabbed my .38, thinkin' maybe a bear had caught a whiff of my sausage and was movin' in for a feed. What came from the brush still has me stumpfounded. This big old hairy ape-lookin' creature comes out, sorta cocks its head and snorts again. It was starin' at me and Dan for a bit. Then it looked up at the sky and made this 'hawooooot' noise. That scared me almost into wettin' myself. Dan did, that's for sure. Finely it turned and started walking back into the woods. Its arms was real long and swung all crazy. That's why I knew it weren't no bear. I was just wunderin' if anyone else ever seen something like that up near Tionesta. Oh, an' it stunk too, like Alpo and cottage cheese in a 90 degree sun. I mean the hairy thing stunk, not my sausage. E-Mail me if you seen this thing.


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Contact Information:
Tionesta Lake, 1 Tionesta Lake , Tionesta, PA, 16353-9801, Phone: 814-755-3512

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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Tionesta Lake - Official agency website

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