The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District’s Water Management section and Mahoning Creek Lake coordinated and provided additional water flow downstream of the dam, July 26. The additional flow supported the Western Pennsylvania Paddlesport Association’s 16th annual paddling trip from Mahoning Creek Lake to Putneyville, Pennsylvania.
The event was an opportunity for the group to enjoy a three-to-four hour trip on a moderate Class I-II river. Typically, during this time of the year, the flows are too low for paddlers without the dam providing an additional release.
Mahoning Creek has become an increasingly popular destination for paddling with many opportunities for viewing bald eagles, osprey, deer, the occasional bear, and a variety of waterfowl.
The WPPSA is a non-profit association. Its mission is to foster wider opportunities and participation in recreation paddle sports in the Western Pennsylvania area. For more information about paddling in the area, visit www.paddling.net.