Shenango River Lake, Pennsylvania & Ohio, USA
Also known as: Shenango Reservoir
Located mostly in northwestern Pennsylvania between Greenville PA and Sharon PA – and spilling into northeastern Ohio – Shenango River Lake provides flood protection for the Shenango River Valley and for the Beaver and upper Ohio Rivers. Shenango Reservoir also provides water releases during dry periods to improve downstream water quality and quantity for domestic and industrial use, recreation and aquatic life. There are many outdoor recreational…
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- Things to Do
- Known Fish Species
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All About Shenango River Lake, PA/OH
Located mostly in northwestern Pennsylvania between Greenville PA and Sharon PA – and spilling into northeastern Ohio – Shenango River Lake provides flood protection for the Shenango River Valley and for the Beaver and upper Ohio Rivers.
Shenango Reservoir also provides water releases during dry periods to improve downstream water quality and quantity for domestic and industrial use, recreation and aquatic life.
There are many outdoor recreational opportunities available at the 11-mile-long Shenango River Lake. Visitors enjoy picnicking, camping, boating, and nature’s beauty at one of the many recreation or access areas.
Fishing enthusiasts are attracted to Shenango River Lake for the bass, walleye, muskellunge and variety of panfish that inhabit the lake. In addition, thousands of anglers are drawn to the dam’s outflow area to fish for trout which are stocked annually by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission during the spring.
Boating is among the most popular and varied of recreational activities at Shenango River Lake with six boat launch ramps provided. Most of the lake is available for unlimited horsepower operation and water skiing. Some areas are on the lake are designated for 10 horsepower motors only.
Campers visiting Shenango River Lake will enjoy the spacious and modern facilities available at the Shenango Recreation Area campground. Hot showers, flush toilets and a sanitary disposal station are provided, as well as 330 campsites, many of which are equipped with electric hookups.
The Seth Myers and Coonie Trails which are one-half mile, self-guided, interpretive nature trails, invite visitors not only to experience the beauty of Shenango River Lake but at the same time to learn about its varied habitats and the relationships between plants, animals and man.
Hunting and trapping are permitted on project lands with the exception of developed recreation areas, wildlife propagation areas and posted areas. All federal, state and local laws governing these activities apply on project lands and waters.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission manages approximately 3,000 acres of adjacent land for wildlife purposes including a waterfowl propagation area. The Ohio portion of the lake is managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources also for wildlife management.
History buffs will enjoy exploring the remnants of the Erie Extension Canal, sections of which are located next to the lake. The Erie Extension Canal played a key role in the economic development of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Portions of the canal’s towpath are maintained for hiking and are part of the Shenango Trail. The well-preserved remains of Lock Number 10 are found in Sharpsville, approximately one-half mile downstream of the Shenango Dam.
Things to Do at Shenango River Lake
These are some activities in the Shenango River Lake, PA/OH area visitors can enjoy:
- Water Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
What Kind of Fish Are in Shenango River Lake?
Shenango River Lake has been known to have the following fish species:
Find Places to Stay at Shenango River Lake
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More Sites to Book a Shenango River Lake Vacation
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Shenango River Lake Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Not Known
Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Surface Area: 3,560 acres
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 896 feet
Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet
Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 919 feet
Average Depth: 12 feet
Maximum Depth: 34 feet
Water Volume: 29,920 acre-feet
Completion Year: 1965
Drainage Area: 589 sq. miles
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