Placidly resting amidst gently rolling hills, Woodcock Creek Lake complements the tranquil rural countryside of central Crawford County. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to visit the project and exchange the hectic sights and sounds of the city for the serene vistas and relaxed atmosphere of Woodcock Creek Lake.
Visitors will discover that Woodcock's pleasant surroundings are an ideal setting for outdoor and recreational opportunities. Many exceptional facilities are also provided by the Corps of Engineers which will enhance a visit to the lake.
An access roadway which traverses the top of the dam provides visitors with a novel opportunity. Nearly a mile in length, fitness buffs can enjoy a scenic walk, jog or run along the top of the dam.
The Bossard Nature Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail in the National Trails System. Nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to make exciting new discoveries on their own or to walk the self-guided nature trail and perhaps stop to observe nature from one of two observation blinds located along the trail. Approximately 1,000 feet of the trail’s pathway is paved and is easily accessible.
On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, visitors will also enjoy a stopover at Woodcock's Visitor Information Center. A variety of interesting displays are exhibited at the center with interpretive programs and slide shows presented for the public's enjoyment.
An overlook on the north shore provides visitors with a scenic area to take photographs or just to relax and enjoy the day. A picnic area located downstream of the dam also offers a beautiful setting for picnicking, fishing, playground fun and relaxation.
A spacious campground, developed swim beach, picnic areas and a six-lane boat launch are located in the Colonel Crawford Park Area on the south shore. Operated and maintained by Crawford County, the park provides excellent facilities to make your visit to Woodcock Creek Lake a memorable one.
Due to the relatively small size of the lake, a 10hp limit is in effect for power boats. This limit helps retain the serene nature of the lake and ensures the safety of other types of pleasure crafts including canoes, sailboats, and sailboards.
Woodcock Creek, above and below the dam, as well as the lake, provides exceptionally good fishingopportunities. The creek is a favored trout stream and muskie, bass, walleye and panfish await anglers in the calm waters of the lake.
Pennsylvania State Game Lands 435 is found at the eastern end of the project. This provides a publichunting area, as well as excellent wildlife habitat.