US Army Corps of Engineers
Pittsburgh District

Aerial view of Shenango River Lake and dam

Shenango River Lake

2442 Kelly Road
Hermitage, PA 16148-7308
(724) 962-7746
Daily Lake & Recreation Information:
(724) 962-4384

Ranger Station Phone Number: 724-646-1124
Campground Address:
492 West Lake Rd.
Transfer, PA 16154

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GPS Coordinates for Recreation Areas 

Authorized by the Flood Control Acts of 1938, Shenango River Lake is one of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. The project provides flood protection for the Shenango River Valley as well as for the Beaver and upper Ohio Rivers. Since its completion in 1965, Shenango has prevented more than $173 million in flood damage. The project has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 10.5 inches of precipitation from its 589 square mile drainage area. Shenango River Lake’s flood control benefits were demonstrated during the June 1972 flooding resulting from Tropical Storm Agnes when over $1.8 million in damages were prevented.  Shenango also provides water releases during dry periods to improve water quality and quantity for domestic and industrial use, recreation and aquatic life.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission manages approximately 3,000 acres of project land for wildlife purposes, including a waterfowl propagation area. The Ohio portion of the project is managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources also for wildlife management.

History buffs will enjoy exploring the remnants of the Erie Extension Canal, sections of which are located on project property. The Erie Extension Canal played a key role in the economic development of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Portions of the canal’s towpath are maintained for hiking and are part of the Shenango Trail. The well-preserved remains of Lock Number 10 are found in Sharpsville, approximately one-half mile downstream of the Shenango Dam.

Recreation, Events, Facilities & Activities


Notice: The Shenango Recreation Area Campground contact booth no longer accepts cash or checks. All visitors are required to pay with credit or debit cards only, for renting campsites and purchasing America the Beautiful Passes. This change was implemented to gain efficiencies by reducing administrative tasks, allowing staff to provide better customer service and accommodate visitors more efficiently. If you have questions, please contact the Ranger Station at (724) 646-1124.


Annual Day Use Pass & America the Beautiful Passes



In an effort to promote customer service and as an efficiency gain, boat launch fees are no longer charged at Shenango Lake Corps of Engineers operated boat launches, thus Shenango Lake no longer sells the Corps Annual Day Use Pass.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are now selling/issuing the America the Beautiful national passes. Shenango Lake will only be selling/issuing these passes at the Shenango Rec Area Campground Contact Booth from May 18 – Sep 9. The days and times the Contact Booth is open are as follows: Mon-Wed 4 p.m.-8:45 p.m. & Thu-Sun 1 p.m.-8:45 p.m., with extended hours on holidays. Please call the Contact Booth at 724-646-1115 to make sure someone is available to assist you. *The campground contact booth no longer accepts cash or checks and all visitors buying passes will be required to pay with credit or debit cards only.* Any questions or concerns, please contact Christina Barker at the Ranger Station at 724-646-1124. These passes can also be purchased at locations listed on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website or online at the USGS website at



Campground Hosts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Shenango Lake is accepting applications for campground hosts for the upcoming 2018 recreation season. Basic duties include issuing visitor/camper vehicle passes, directing traffic, providing information services, and litter pickup. Some positions may require light maintenance work. We are located in Western Pennsylvania, near Hermitage, Pa. Positions will run from mid-May to mid-September. Interested campers should call Park Ranger Matthew Pook at 724-646-1124 or e-mail him at  A campsite with electric hookups will be provided (water and sewage not available at site).

Campground Reservations

Many campsites at four Pittsburgh District lakes – Berlin Lake, Shenango River Lake, Tionesta Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake – can be reserved in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service, an interagency one-stop center for recreation reservations.  Reservations can be made up to six months before arrival by calling the NRRS toll-free at 1-877-444-6777 or on their web site  Campsites at all other Pittsburgh District lakes, as well as other campsites at Berlin, Shenango, Tionesta and Youghiogheny, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Shenango Lake campground is open for the 2018 recreation season from May 18 through Sept. 3. Some campsites can be occupied after Labor Day on a first-come, first-serve basis, up through Sunday, Sept. 9, via the contact booth. *The campground contact booth no longer accepts cash or checks and all campers will be required to pay with credit or debit cards only.*

Bayview Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Area

 The 2018 recreation season is from May 25 to Sept. 30             

Regulations for ATV Riders Using the Bayview Off-Road Vehicle Area 

Riders must stay within the posted boundaries of the riding area.  Operating an ATV outside of the designated riding area will result in the issuance of a citation, impoundment of the ATV and/or local and state penalties.

o       Riders must have a current registration for the ATV and display a registration sticker or state issued registration plate.

o      Helmets must be worn at all times.

o      Riders under 8 years of age are not permitted to operate any type of off-road vehicle in the Bayview ORV Area. Riders 8 to 15 must complete a safety education course and possess a current safety training certificate before being permitted to operate any type of off-road vehicle. The rider must be in possession of the certificate while riding at Bayview.

Other rules and regulations posted in the area must be observed at all times.


Mahaney, Clark and Shenango Day Use Areas

The Mahaney, Clark and Shenango Day Use Areas are open from sunrise to sunset. The Shenango Day Use Area remains open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic year-round, while the Mahaney and Clark Day Use Areas remain open in the fall until the first snowfall and re-open in the spring in early April. The restrooms at all three areas close sometime in October and re-open sometime in April/May. The Mahaney Recreation Area boasts 'The Pines at Shenango Lake' disc golf course featuring 18 holes of disc golf. Links to a printed out map and scorecard can be found below.


Course map


Boat Launching

In an effort to promote customer service and as an efficiency gain, boat launch fees are no longer charged at Shenango Lake Corps of Engineers operated boat launches. Boat launch fees may still apply at other Corps of Engineers operated lakes. Shenango Lake will no longer be selling the Corps Annual Day Use Pass as well, but you can acquire one from other projects in the Pittsburgh District by mailing in the pass request form, found under 'Links of Interest', to the addresses provided on the second page of the form.

Picnic Shelter Reservations

As an efficiency gain and to promote customer service, picnic shelter reservations shall be made only through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Shelters can be reserved up to one year in advance by calling NRRS at 1-877-444-6777 or on their website at - search for Shenango River Lake. This service is available 24/7 online. The fee for reserving a picnic shelter at Shenango Lake is $40 per day. There are seven picnic shelters available in four different recreation areas (maps & pictures available on the NRRS website): Clark Rec Area Day Use – Clark Shelter; Mahaney Outflow Rec Area Day Use – Riverview Shelter; Mahaney Rec Area Day Use – Trails End, Spruce Cove, Skyline, and Rolling Meadows Shelters; & Shenango Rec Area Day Use – Lakeside Shelter. Electric is available at the shelter with a paid reservation only, grills are available on site, and flush toilets and drinking water are provided at the nearby restroom (seasonal). If not reserved, the shelter is available for free on a first-come, first-served basis with no electric. **Any person requesting the Lakeside Shelter for a Sunday: there is a church group that meets there from 10-11 a.m., so access to the shelter is only available after the church service.** If you have any questions in regards to the picnic shelters, please contact the Manager’s Office at 724-962-7746 or Ranger Station at 724-646-1124.


Life Jacket Loaner Program

The Boat/U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety has funded a Life Jacket Loaner Program at Shenango Lake.  Life jackets are available for infants, children and youth as well as some adults. The U.S. Coast Guard requires recreational boaters to have a wearable life jacket on board for each passenger, but life jackets suitable for children are not always available. In addition, at Shenango Lake and other Corps of Engineers lakes in the Pittsburgh District, it is required that children under 13 years of age wear a life jacket while boating. Children are especially at risk on and near the water. A properly sized life jacket can be the difference between life and death for a small child. A boater merely signs out the jacket(s) and returns them at the end of the day. To make arrangements, please call the campground contact station at 724-646-1115 during the camping season or the ranger station at 724-646-1124.

Chestnut Run Swim Beach

The Chestnut Run Swim Beach is open for the 2018 recreation season from May 25 through Sept. 9. Operating hours are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The picnic pavilion is not reservable, but available for use on a first-come first-served basis. All visitors are asked to use the dumpsters in the parking lot to help keep the area clean and litter-free. 


Current Events

Trout Island Tromp, Mercer County Trails Association - Feb 3  For more info email or call 724-704-0432

The Mahaney and Shenango Day Use Areas open April 1

 The Clark Day Use Area opens May 1

 Trout Stocking, Shenango River, New Hamburg to Big Bend Area, PAFBC - March 29 & April 17

 Opening Day of Trout - April 14

The Leslie Sparano Summerfest Sweat 5K Run/Walk - TBD

Hermitage Lions Club "Lions Give a Dam" 5K - June 9

14th Annual Leslie Sparano Summerfest - July 13

"Dam Race" 5K - TBD

Buhl Half Marathon, route across the Shenango Dam, September 3  More info can be found at                    


Facilities & Activities


  Chest-nut Run Swim Beach Clark Rec Area Golden Run Wildlife Area Hartf-ord Access Area Kidd's Mill Co-vered Bridge

Ma-haney Rec Area

Marina Park-er's Landing Access Area She-nango Rec Area
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Camper Dump


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Swimming Area with Life guard