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Allegheny River - Canoes in mist

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Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beaver Meadows Hiking Trail & Day Use Area Open Open Restrooms close 11/01/2022
Bradford Ranger District Open Open Customers needing information, permits. and maps are encouraged to call 1-814-728-6100 or email at r9_allegheny_NF@usda.gov during regular business hours for prompt, customer service.
Brush Hollow Cross Country Ski and Hiking Trail Open Open Open year round.
Buzzard Swamp 157 Trailhead Open Open
Buzzard Swamp 376 Trailhead Open Open
Buzzard Swamp Wildlife Viewing and Hiking Area Open Open
Clarion River Campsites Open Open Restrooms open 04/01/2022 - 11/01/2022
Clarion Wild and Scenic River Open Open
Elijah Run Boat Launch and Shoreline Trail Open Open
Handsome Lake Boat Access Campground Open Open Open 05/01/2022 - 10/31/2022
Hearts Content Orienteering Trail Open Open Open year round.
Hickory Creek Wilderness Open Open
Hooks Brook Boat Access Campground Open Open Open 05/01/2022 - 10/31/2022
Hopewell Boat Access Campground Open Open Open 05/01/2022 - 10/31/2022
Irwin Run Canoe Launch Closed Closed Closed for construction.
Jakes Rocks Overlook and Mountain Bike Trail Open Open
Kelly Pines Campground Open Open Open 4/1/2022 - 12/16/2022 Reservations Accepted 5/27/2022 - 10/24/2022
Kinzua Beach Open Open Open 4/26/2022 - 10/1/2022
Kinzua Wolf Run Marina Open Open Open 5/16/2022 - 9/16/2022 Fee Season 5/16/2022 - 9/16/2022
Laurel Mill Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail Open Open Open year round.
Little Drummer Historical Pathway Open Open
Loleta Recreation Area Open Open Open 5/1/2022 - 10/10/2022 Reservations Accepted 5/1/2022 - 9/5/2022
Marienville Trail: Main ATV Trailhead Closed Closed ATV trail season is 5/27/2022 - 9/25/2022. Trails will reopen for a fall foliage weekend at 8:00 am on 10/7/2022 until 10/10/2022 at 11:59 pm.
Marienville Trail: Rocket John Trailhead Open Open ATV trail season is 5/27/2022 - 9/25/2022
Minister Creek Hiking Trail Open Open
Morrison Boat Access Campground Open Open Open 05/01/2022 - 10/31/2022
North Country National Scenic Trail Open Open This trail is not groomed.
Penoke Trail: Penoke Trailhead Closed Closed Trails open on Friday, 5/27/2022 at 8:00AM
Penoke, Marienville and Timberline ATV/OHM Trails Closed Closed The 2022 ATV trail season is May 27th – September 25th.
Pine Grove Boat Access Campground Open Open Open 05/01/2022 - 10/31/2022
Rimrock Hiking Trail and Overlook Open Open Open 4/26/2022 - 12/12/2022
Rocky Gap ATV Trail Closed Closed The 2022 ATV trail season is May 27th – September 25th.
Roper Hollow Boat Launch Open Open This area is open year round with no winter road maintenance.
Spring Creek Horse Trail Open Open
Tidioute Overlook Open Open Open 4/2/2022 - 11/26/2022
Timberdoodle Flats Interpretive Trail Open Open Open year round.
Timberline Trail: Buehler Trailhead Closed Closed ATV trail season is 5/27/2022 - 9/25/2022
Timberline Trail: Main ATV Trailhead Closed Closed ATV trail season is 5/27/2022 - 9/25/2022. Trails will reopen for a fall foliage weekend at 8:00 am on 10/7/2022 until 10/10/2022 at 11:59 pm.
Timberline Trail: Pigs Ear Trailhead Closed Closed ATV trail season is 5/27/2022 - 9/25/2022
Tionesta Scenic Area and Hiking Trail Open Open
Tracy Ridge Hiking Trail Open Open
Twin Lakes Hiking Trail Open Open
Twin Lakes Recreation Area and Black Cherry Trail Open Open Open 4/1/2022 - 10/31/2022 For Reservations Call: 814-389-3019
Webbs Ferry Boat Launch Open Open The area is open year round with no winter road maintenance.
Westline Cross-Country Ski/Hiking Trail Open Open Open year round.
Willow Bay Recreation Area Open Open Reservations Accepted 4/1/2022 - 10/31/2022
Willow Creek ATV Trail Closed Closed The 2022 ATV trail season is May 27th – September 25th.

Spotlights

Allegheny Reservoir

Lush green forest surrounds the 7,647-acre reservoir that 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 Allegany State Park and the Allegany Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation.

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, and a maximum depth of 130 feet.

Despite how busy the reservoir can get in the summer, there are still places where you can experience the solitude and quiet of the forest. Facilities range from large campgrounds with everything from electric hook-ups, flush toilets and playgrounds to boat-in campgrounds with simple outhouses and hand-pumps for water.

The reservoir draws people from all over for the quantity and quality of the water activities it has available.

The walleye, trout, bass, pike and muskellunge are there and waiting for a fight. Several record breaking fish have been caught in the reservoir. In the winter you can head out onto the ice for a little ice fishing. If you want to look, but not fish, stop by the dam and peek over the edge. The fish like to gather in the eddies at the edges of the reservoir near the dam. Please do not feed the fish.

There are two major trails in the area, Jakes Rock Extreme Mountain Biking Trail, and the short, but intense, Rimrock Trail. After your ride or hike you can head over to the Kinzua Beach and cool off in the chill waters of the reservoir.

And no trip the the reservoir is complete without driving on Longhouse National Scenic Byway and up to the overlooks at Jakes Rocks and Rimrock to take in the endless view of the reservoir against the backdrop of the forest.

Scroll down to find out more about the activities available on the reservoir.

 

History of the Reservoir

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.

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.

 

Clarion Wild and Scenic River

The Clarion River is a designated Wild and Scenic River for 51.7 miles, from the border of the ANF/State Game Lands Number 44 boundary to an unnamed tributary at the backwaters of Piney Dam.

The steeply forested hillsides of almost continuous mature deciduous and coniferous vegetation contribute to a feeling of remoteness in many places along the river.

Paddlers on the river will find that the water changes from smooth to riffling as the river flows over and around large boulders.  In the section of river between Arroyo Bridge and Irwin Run paddlers will find several of the riffles.

The Clarion is a tributary to the Allegheny Wild and Scenic River, joining it in Clarion County, just south of the town of Emlenton.  In the early 1800's the Clarion was used to transport timber to the Allegheny River.

Allegheny Wild and Scenic River

In 1992 (Public Law 102-271) added 87 miles of the Allegheny River to the National Wild & Scenic River System classified as Recreational. The goal is to protect the existing outstanding and remarkable values and preserve a free-flowing condition for present and future generations. This designation applies to the following three sections:

  • 7 miles from below Kinzua Dam to Route 6 bridge in Warren
  • 48 miles from Buckaloons Campground to Alcorn Island (by Oil City), and
  • 32 miles from south of Franklin to Emlenton.

The corridor boundary runs along the plateau ridge on both sides and has extensive areas of privately owned lands with many homes and seasonal recreational residences along the shoreline. Public access is good generally from both sides and few hazards make this an ideal river for novice and family canoeing. Oak forests predominate along steep side slopes and there is wooded-riverine habitat in some of the floodplains.  It contains the seven Allegheny Wilderness Islands often used by boaters for dispersed camping and fishing.

The Allegheny Islands Wilderness contains seven islands stretched between Buckaloons and Tionesta along the Allegheny Wild and Scenic River. The islands are popular for dispersed camping, exploration, and viewing scenery and wildlife. They are mostly vegetated with fine riverine forests of sycamore, silver maple, shagbark hickory, and green ash. Dense grasses and other thick vegetation make access limited. There are no developed trails or other facilities on the islands.

 

The Allegheny River is one of the primary tributaries to the Ohio River.  It joins with the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River at the "Point" in Pittsburgh, PA.  The Allegheny starts in Pennsylvania, near Cobb Hill, meanders into New York into Cattaraugus County, near Salamanca, before heading back into Pennsylvania northeast of Warren.

The course of the river forms much of the northwestern boundary of the Allegheny National Forest before reaching Franklin where the river turns southeast.  Within the borders of the Allegheny National Forest the river is fed by Kinzua Creek, Conewango Creek, Brokenstraw Creek, Tionesta Creek, Oil Creek and French Creek.  The Clarion River joins the Allegheny near Kittanning.