Corps to Close Select Public Facilities at Recreational Sites

Published March 18, 2020

In the interest of public safety and the well-being of our staff, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District has closed select public facilities at all district-managed sites until further notice.


“We have been actively monitoring the effect of COVID-19 on services we provide and it has become apparent that it is in the best interest of the public and our staff to take these measures,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Klink, district commander.


Facilities are closed at the following flood-risk management projects:



Pittsburgh District Flood-Risk Management Projects

Northern Area


Berlin Lake

East Branch Clarion River Lake

Kinzua Dam & Allegheny Reservoir

Michael J. Kirwan Dam & Reservoir

Mosquito Creek Lake

Shenango River Lake

Tionesta Lake

Woodcock Creek Lake

Union City Dam


Southern Area


Mahoning Creek Lake

Crooked Creek Lake

Conemaugh River Lake

Loyalhanna Lake

Youghiogheny River Lake

Tygart Lake

Stonewall Jackson Lake


Facilities Affected


Resource Managers’ offices

Visitors’ centers

Ranger offices

Maintenance offices

Campground facilities

Picnic areas





Disc golf


Fishing areas/piers



The closures were effective as of 5 p.m. on March 18, 2020, at all flood-risk management projects across the district. The public should contact the resource manager’s office prior to visiting any of these projects.


The closures will remain in place until further notice. During this temporary closure, boat ramps will remain open.


 “Throughout this situation, the district has three priorities; protecting our people, maintaining mission readiness, and supporting the whole-of-government effort,” said Klink. “We will continue to assess and monitor the effect of COVID-19 and adjust as needed.”


Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland, and southwestern New York. It includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood-control reservoirs, 42 local flood-protection projects, and other projects to protect and enhance the nation’s water resources infrastructure and environment.


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Release no. 20-006