There are an abundance of recreation opportunities at our 16 lakes and in the pools created by our 23 navigation locks and dams on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. There are approximately 104,000 acres of public lands adjacent to our dam and reservoir facilities in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia providing recreation on and around the water. Boating, canoeing, jet skiing, wind surfing, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, camping, hunting, and other outdoor opportunities are available.
Our recreation and land management programs reflect a dual mission which emphasizes developing recreational opportunities by federal, state, and local government and private enterprise. At the same time, the Corps is committed to protecting natural and cultural resources for future generations.
At district reservoirs, Corps park rangers present a variety of programs to the public geared toward environmental awareness and enhancing public understanding of the Corps and our missions. Rangers and other district personnel also present similar programs at community events and schools where Bobber the Water Safety Dog – the District’s mascot – is extremely popular.
Safety tip: The district would like to remind recreational boaters that anchoring inside the navigational channel is prohibited and poses a great hazard to navigation. Commercial vessels frequently require large portions of the channel to maneuver. Additionally, they need several hundred feet to stop to avoid a collision. Contact the district at (412)-395-7100 or the Coast Guard at (412)-670-4288 for any questions or concerns.