Mahoning Creek
Lake & Dam

Situated among steep-sided valleys and forested hillsides, Mahoning Creek Lake is surrounded by western Pennsylvania’s rugged and striking terrain. Boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and picnicking are a few activities you and your loved ones can enjoy here. Canoeists, fishermen, and small boaters will appreciate the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere that is characteristic of the lake. Please note that boating on Mahoning Creek Lake is limited to 10 HP. Located near the dam is a shaded picnic area with modern restrooms, grills, picnic tables, a playground, and walking trails. You can also schedule a thrilling tour of the dam, which they claim is “the best dam tour in the world!”

Keystone Lake

As the largest lake in Armstrong County, Keystone Lake covers 850 acres and stretches 5.5 miles. While the deepest part of the lake is 90 feet deep, the lake also features shallows and wetlands. Owned and operated by Reliant Energy as a cooling water supply for Keystone Power Plant, the lake and surrounding area are open for public use. The area is controlled by the PA Fish & Boat Commission, which means all of their rules and regulations are in effect. Swimming is prohibited, but boats up to 20 HP are permitted.

The lake has two formal boat launches with large parking areas: NuMine (north shore) off of Route 85 at White Oak Road and Atwood (south shore) off of Route 210 in the borough of Atwood. There are also several primitive access areas around the lake.

Keystone Lake provides an excellent warm water fishery with large and smallmouth bass, walleye, musky, perch, crappies, bluegills, sunfish, pumpkin heads, and trout (stocked). As a trophy bass lake, several professional tournaments have been held here.

Several thousand acres surrounding the lake are open to hunting, where PA Game Commission laws and regulations apply. When winter weather conditions permit it, the lake is also a wonderful place for ice fishing.

  • Atwood Boat Launch
    2100 PA-210
    Rural Valley, PA 16249

  • NuMine Boat Launch
    T690 @ Keystone Lake
    Rural Valley, PA 16249

Crooked Creek Lake

Nestled among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, Crooked Creek Lake is an ideal setting for year-round outdoor activities. Located only 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to discover the scenic beauty of the lake and surrounding countryside at the Crooked Creek project. Visitors will also find they can pursue a variety of outdoor activities at the project with its numerous well-maintained facilities available for their enjoyment. For those who enjoy the outdoors, a visit to Crooked Creek can be a rewarding experience. The lake and its miles of scenic shoreline provide unlimited opportunities for water-based recreation. A boat launch with ample trailer parking is available for boating and water-skiing enthusiasts. Swimmers and sunbathers will especially appreciate the lake’s sandy, peninsula beach. The great variety and abundance of fish found in the lake have lured many fishermen to its waters. Crooked Creek Lake has yielded many fine catches of bass, musky, sunfish, and crappie. There are also six centrally located picnic areas maintained by the Corps that provide picnic tables and charcoal grills.

Allegheny River

The Allegheny River is a scenic and popular waterway for both recreational boaters and seasoned sportsmen. Along the Allegheny, you’ll find great fishing opportunities. There are 47 different varieties of fish, including smallmouth bass, walleye, musky, and catfish! Whether fishing from a secluded bank or from the bows of their boats, anglers are sure to find plenty of exciting fishing action on the Allegheny. It’s also used for water skiing, swimming, and tubing — launch from any of our public launches or become a member of one of the private marinas to get in on all the action.

Kiskiminetas River

The Kiskiminetas River is a gorgeous river that makes up the entire southern border of Armstrong County. An official state water trail, it was also voted PA River of the Year in 2000. The Kiski is fast becoming THE destination for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. As a historical part of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal, you will also find historical sites along the shore dating back to the early 1800′s. Now officially designated as a key link in the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway, the Kiski River is sure to impress! Come see what it’s all about.