Crooked Creek Lake

Authorized by the Flood Control Acts of 1936 and 1938, Crooked Creek Lake is one of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. An important link in a system of flood control projects, Crooked Creek Lake provides flood protection for the lower Allegheny and Ohio rivers. The construction cost of over $4 million appears small when compared to the large savings which have resulted. Since its completion in 1940, the project has prevented flood damages estimated to be in excess of $603 million.


Nestled among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, Crooked Creek Lake is an ideal setting for year-round outdoor activities. Located only 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to discover the scenic beauty of the lake and surrounding countryside. Visitors will find they can pursue a variety of outdoor activities at the lake with its numerous, well-maintained facilities available for enjoyment. For those who enjoy the outdoors, a visit to Crooked Creek Lake can be a rewarding experience. 

The lake and its miles of scenic shoreline provide unlimited opportunities for waterbased recreation. Swimming is only allowed within the designated swim area on the Tunnelville Beach Peninsula during the summer months. A boat launch with ample trailer parking is available for boating and water-skiing. Crooked Creek Lake is an unlimited horsepower lake.

Pavilion & Campground Reservations

Pavilion and Campground reservations must be made through the National Recreation Reservation System. Reservations can no longer be made at the park office. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact NRRS at 1-877-444-6777 or visit their website at

Other Activities & Rules


The great variety and abundance of fish found in the lake has lured many fishermen to its waters. Crooked Creek Lake has yielded many fine catches of bass, muskie, sunfish, and crappie. A handicap-accessible fishing pier is located in the Outflow Recreation Area.


Crooked Creek Lake maintains five local trails of varying lengths and difficulty. The long-distance hiker will enjoy the 141-mile Baker Trail, which crosses through Crooked Creek Lake on its course across western Pennsylvania. The Baker Trail is maintained by the Rachel Carson Conservancy.


Picnicking is also available at Crooked Creek Lake. There are several picnic areas maintained by the Corps that provide tables and charcoal grills. Additionally, six picnic shelters equipped with picnic tables and charcoal grills are located throughout the Park. Reservations for these shelters can be made up to 6 months in advance through Recreation One Stop (R1S).

Visitor Information Center

The Crooked Creek Lake Visitor Information Center was reopened to the public in May of 2017. The VIC boasts displays varying from the multiple missions of the Corps of Engineers to highlighting the local fish and wildlife found in Armstrong County. A pictorial history of the construction of the dam as well as the original lifting block are on display for public enjoyment. For seasonal operating hours or a group tour of the Visitor Information Center, please contact the Park Office.

Master Plan Progress Update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District has revised the Crooked Creek Lake Master Plan.

Update (as of March 2021): With your help, we have completed our update of the Crooked Creek Master Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA). Thank you to everyone who participated during the scoping and public comment processes. Your input helped us to create a Master Plan that will now guide the use of government-owned and leased lands around the lake for the next 25 years.

Master Plan Documents

Crooked Creek Lake Master Plan (2021)

Crooked Creek Lake Master Plan (2021) - Environmental Assessment (EA)


Crooked Creek Lake Golf Course Map

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  • Contact
    Crooked Creek Lake Office
    (724) 763-3161

    Daily Lake and Recreation Information
    (724) 763-2764
  • Location
    Crooked Creek Lake
    114 Park Main Road
    Ford City, PA 16226-8815

Crooked Creek Lake News

Corps waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District announced today it will waive day-use fees at recreation areas at its 16 reservoirs in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11...
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Firearm / Firework Policy

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DOES NOT honor State-issued concealed weapon permits, prohibits loaded concealed weapons, the possession of loaded firearms or ammunition on lands and waters administered by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers per Title 36, CFR 327.13{a).