2017-08-12 / Outdoors

Stevenson Dam upgrades unveiled


Boaters and anglers will benefit from improvements to the north end of the reservoir at the George B. Stevenson Dam. The project also has multiple environmental and public safety benefits. Boaters and anglers will benefit from improvements to the north end of the reservoir at the George B. Stevenson Dam. The project also has multiple environmental and public safety benefits. After nearly 9,000 dump truck loads of sediment were dredged and hauled away from the northern end of lake behind the George B. Stevenson Dam, the popular impoundment reopened for public use last week – a welcome development for boaters, anglers and other visitors to Sinnemahoning State Park.

The Lake Day-Use Area of the park had been closed since July 2016, when the sediment removal began. Some 160,000 cubic yards of the fertile soil were hauled to former strip mines in the Sproul State Forest and used to reclaim the land.

Park officials said the dredging not only increases the reservoir’s flood control capacity, it also improves fishing and boating in the upper reaches of the lake.

Other improvements in the area include stream realignment, shoreline stabilization, and upgrades to the boat launch and mooring area.

Brooks Run stream was realigned to its original pre-1950s pathway, which will decrease the amount of silt accumulation in the boating areas of the lake and improve trout habitat.

Rip-rap stones and saw-tooth extensions were installed to stabilize the shoreline, increasing angler access and decreasing at fishing access points and during high water events.

Other upgrades include paving of the parking lot and boat launch pad, installation of three courtesy docks, and an expanded mooring area.

Park Manager Lisa Bainey said the improvement project was a team effort.

“It would not have been possible without the support of our DCNR staff, the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission’s Habitat Management Division, Waterways Conservation Officer Bill Crisp and Cameron County Conservation District Manager Todd Deluccia,” Bainey said.

Installation of fish habitat structures in late August and mid-September will be the finishing touches.

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