Allegheny Reservoir

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

A major outdoor recreational attraction on the Forest is the 7,647 acre Allegheny Reservoir.  At normal summer pool level the reservoir is 27 miles long (14 miles in Pennsylvania and 13 miles in New York) with 91 miles of shoreline.

The undeveloped Allegheny Reservoir shoreline and National Forest System land surrounding the Reservoir provide the largest outdoor recreation opportunities in northwestern Pennsylvania. Highly developed infrastructure (e.g. paved roads, pressurized water systems, sewage treatment plants and electrical service) are in place to serve campgrounds with utilities, flush toilets and hot water showers. Other facilities include picnic areas, swimming beaches, and shoreline fishing opportunities and fishing piers.

The Reservoir was created in the 1960s when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed the Kinzua Dam on the upper Allegheny River.  The reservoir water level and water surface is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The adjacent shoreline is primarily owned and managed in Pennsylvania by the U.S. Forest Service and in New York by the Seneca Nation of Indians, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and Cattaraugus County, NY.

Only a few private landowners exist on the New York shoreline. The Allegheny Reservoir is unique because very little private commercial development exists along its shoreline. The majority of the existing developed recreation sites on the PA portion of the Reservoir are operated and maintained by the Allegheny National Forest.

 

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are needed at the following sites/areas:
  • Dewdrop
  • Kiasutha
  • Red Bridge
  • Willow Bay
To make a reservation visit recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Fees Fees are charged at the following sites:
  • Dewdrop
  • Elijah Boat Launch
  • Handsome Lake
  • Hooks Brook
  • Hopewell
  • Kiasutha
  • Kinzua-Wolf Run Marina
  • Morrison
  • Red Bridge
  • Roper Hollow
  • Webbs Ferry
  • Willow Bay
Camping fees must be paid within 30 minutes of arrival at the campground.  Don't forget to put your site number and your license plate number on your fee envelope. 
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Allegheny National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forest. Site Specific Orders:
  • Allegheny Reservoir
  • Rimrock Recreation Area
  • Bicycles on Forest Trails
Closest Towns:  Bradford, Warren, Scandia, Marshburg, Kane, Ludlow, Mount Jewett
Information Center: Bradford Ranger District Address: 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: 814-362-4613
Email: sm.fs.anf@usda.gov

Recreation Map

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Activities


Bicycling

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Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Other Activities

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Picnicking

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Boating - Motorized

Information you should know before boating on the Allegheny Reservoir:

  • No horsepower limit for boats
  • 12,080 surface acres at summer pool
  • average width is 3/8 of a mile
  • length is about 29 miles
  • average depth is 48 feet
  • 8 boat launches (including the marina).

Rules for use of the reservoir come from 3 different jurisdictions; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State. There are reciprocal boating agreements. Rules may very according to which portion of the reservoir you boat in.

To find out water depth and temperature visit the USGS water data website.

Boats are limited to slow, no wake speed in some areas. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website for more information (select Warren from the list of counties).

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Allegheny Reservoir

Boating - Non-Motorized

Things you should know before paddling on the reservoir:

  • No horsepower limit for motorized boats
  • 12,080 surface acres at summer pool
  • average width is 3/8 of a mile
  • length is about 29 miles
  • average depth is 48 feet
  • 8 boat launches (including the marina).

Rules for use of the reservoir come from 3 different jurisdictions; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State. There are reciprocal boating agreements. Rules may very according to which portion of the reservoir you boat in.

To find out water depth and temperature visit the USGS water data website.

Motorized boats are limited to slow, no wake speed in some areas. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website for more information (select Warren from the list of counties).

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Allegheny Reservoir

Swimming

There is one designated swimming beach on the reservoir, at Kinzua Beach.

All other areas for swimming that are identified are places where there is shoreline access near a boat launch where you can swim.

Kinzua Beach, the campgrounds and boat launches are not staffed by a lifeguard, swimming is at your own risk.

To find out water depth and temperature visit the USGS water data website.

Areas for Swimming at Allegheny Reservoir

Tubing

Information you should know before tubing with a motorized boat on the Allegheny Reservoir:

  • No horsepower limit for boats
  • 12,080 surface acres at summer pool
  • average width is 3/8 of a mile
  • length is about 29 miles
  • average depth is 48 feet
  • 8 boat launches (including the marina).

Rules for use of the reservoir come from 3 different jurisdictions; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State. There are reciprocal boating agreements. Rules may very according to which portion of the reservoir you boat in.

To find out water depth and temperature visit the USGS water data website.

Boats are limited to slow, no wake speed in some areas. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website for more information (select Warren from the list of counties).

Areas for Tubing at Allegheny Reservoir

Waterskiing

Information you should know before waterskiing on the Allegheny Reservoir:

  • No horsepower limit for boats
  • 12,080 surface acres at summer pool
  • average width is 3/8 of a mile
  • length is about 29 miles
  • average depth is 48 feet
  • 8 boat launches (including the marina).

Rules for use of the reservoir come from 3 different jurisdictions; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State. There are reciprocal boating agreements. Rules may very according to which portion of the reservoir you boat in.

To find out water depth and temperature visit the USGS water data website.

Boats are limited to slow, no wake speed in some areas. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website for more information (select Warren from the list of counties).

Areas for Waterskiing at Allegheny Reservoir

Windsurfing

The resevoir is a "flat" water windsurfing experience. While the reservoir has currents, it has few to no waves, other than boat wake.

Things you should know about the reservoir before windsurfing:

  • No horsepower limit for motorized boats
  • 12,080 surface acres at summer pool
  • average width is 3/8 of a mile
  • length is about 29 miles
  • average depth is 48 feet
  • 8 boat launches (including the marina).

Rules for use of the reservoir come from 3 different jurisdictions; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State. There are reciprocal boating agreements. Rules may very according to which portion of the reservoir you boat in.

To find out water depth and temperature visit the USGS water data website.

Boats are limited to slow, no wake speed in some areas. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website for more information (select Warren from the list of counties).

Areas for Windsurfing at Allegheny Reservoir


Winter Sports

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.8385029

  Longitude : 
-79.0059887

 



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