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Aerial view of Woodcock Creek Lake

Woodcock Creek Lake

22079 State Highway 198
Saegertown, PA 16433-0629


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Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962, Woodcock Creek Lake is one of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. The project’s purpose is threefold: to reduce downstream flooding as part of the French Creek flood control system, to improve downstream water quality and to provide a diversified array of general recreation activities.

Woodcock Creek Lake has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 8.2 inches of precipitation from its 45.65 square mile drainage area above the dam. Since its completion in 1973, Woodcock has prevented flood damages estimated to be in excess of $33 million. 

Woodcock Creek Lake also stores water to be released downstream during periods of low flows in French Creek. These releases of water have the effect of improving water quality and quantity for both domestic and industrial uses. Also, without Woodcock’s stream flow augmentation the widespread recreational use of French Creek would be drastically curtailed.

Recreation, Events, Facilities & Activities


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.


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Stainbrook Park

Stainbrook Park is operated by the Crawford County Conservation District.  To reserve a shelter at Stainbrook Park, call the Conservation District at (814) 763-5269 or email shelter@crawfordconservation.com.

Colonel Crawford Park Campground

All campsites are on a first come, first served basis except for summer holidays when up to half of the campsites may be reserved. For holiday campground reservations or other information call the Campground Office at (814) 724-6879 between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During the rest of the year call the Crawford County office at (814) 333-7372.



Facilities & Activities

Bossard Nature Center  Colonel Crawford Park Dam Site Fishing Access Below Dam Overlook Area

Stainbrook Park

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