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Friday, August 4, 2017

Lake Day Use Area of George B. Stevenson Dam Now Open

Grove Township - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, Sinnemahoning State Park has announced that the dredging and other lake improvement projects have been completed and that the George B. Stevenson is once again open to the public, as of 8:00 AM on Friday, August 4th.

The Lake Day Use Area of the George B. Stevenson Dam has been closed to the public since July of 2016, when the large-scale dredging or sediment removal project began. Over the course of the project, the contractors removed approximately 160,000 cubic yards, or over 8800 dump truck loads, of sediment from the north end of the lake and spread it on reclaimed strip mines in the Sproul State Forest.

This removal of sediment from the reservoir increased the flood control capacity of the George B. Stevenson dam while improving fishing and boating in the upper reaches of the lake.
Other 2016-2017 lake improvement projects at Sinnemahoning State Park included stream realignment, shoreline stabilization, and boat launch and mooring area upgrades.
The Brooks Run stream was realigned and returned to its original, pre-1950s pathway. This stream realignment greatly decreases the amount of silt accumulated in the boating areas of the lake while improving trout habitat in this section of stream.

A shoreline stabilization project added rip-rap stones and saw-tooth extensions of the shoreline to provide better access for anglers and to decrease erosion at fishing access points and during high water events.

The boat launch and mooring areas have also been upgraded to enhance boating and fishing opportunities on the George B. Stevenson dam. Upgrade projects included paving of the parking lot and boat launch pad, installing three courtesy docks, and enhancing the mooring area to make launching easier for mooring patrons.

“We are really pleased with the renovations and upgrades to the mooring and boat launch area on the George B. Stevenson reservoir. These improvements will enhance the experience for both the boating and angling public,” said Park Manager, Lisa Bainey.

“The accomplishments of this multi-faceted project would not have been possible without the support of our DCNR staff; the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Habitat Management Division; local PA Waterways Conservation Officer, Bill Crisp; and the Cameron County Conservation District Manager, Todd Deluccia,” stated Bainey. “The installation of fish habitat structures in late August and mid-September will be the finishing touches to this massive project.”

For more information about Sinnemahoning State Park and the George B. Stevenson Dam, visit the park website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ or contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.



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