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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Public Meeting Scheduled for Update on Kyle Lake

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Aug. 25) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will host a public meeting in DuBois, Clearfield County, on Sept. 7 to provide an update on reconstruction of the Kyle Lake dam. The 165-acre lake is located just west of DuBois in Jefferson County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Clarion Hotel, located at 1896 Rich Highway, DuBois, PA 15801.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Last week, Governor Tom Wolf announced that he was releasing $25.7 million in capital budget funding for the repair of five high-hazard, unsafe dams, including Kyle Lake, and the design of two other dams. High-hazard, unsafe dams have deficiencies of such a nature that if not corrected and the dams were to fail, substantial property damage and a probable loss of human life could occur.

During the public meeting, PFBC engineering and fisheries staff will discuss the timeline and details for draining the lake, conducting a fish salvage and rebuilding the dam.

The lake is expected to be fully drained during September and early October. A fish salvage will be conducted to move as many fish as possible to another water.

In advance of the fish salvage, the PFBC is temporarily lifting all seasons, sizes and creel limits at the lake, effective Friday, Aug. 26. The lake holds largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and walleye.

“We have chosen to temporarily lift the regulations in order to reduce the number of fish in the lake in advance of a fish salvage and a complete drawdown of the lake,” said Jason Detar, Chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. “We want anglers to fish the water and make good use of as many fish as they can.”

The estimated $4 million construction is expected to start in late spring or early summer 2017 and last through 2018. The lake is expected to be refilled and open for public use again in spring 2019.

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