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Boaters Urged to Visit Hereford Manor Lake, Inspect Boat Launch Before Opening Day
April 14, 2010
Somerset, PA – Anglers planning to fish Lower Hereford Manor Lake by boat on the opening day of trout season are encouraged to make a trip to the lake and inspect the temporary boat launch ramp to ensure they will not encounter any problems launching their boat Saturday morning, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

“The water level on the lower lake is approximately 4 feet lower than usual for safety reasons,” said Daniel Leonard, director of the PFBC Bureau of Engineering and Property Services. “There is a change in pitch to the ramp itself and boaters should exercise patience and extra precautions to safely launch and retrieve their boats.”

The PFBC lowered the lake’s water level in November for public safety reasons after site inspections indicated that the dam was continuing to deteriorate.

The Hereford Manor Lakes are popular fishing and boating impoundments located in Franklin Township, Beaver County. The dams were constructed prior to 1958 in conjunction with strip mining operations and were acquired by the PFBC in 1973. Upper Hereford Manor Lake was drawn down in 2003 for similar public safety reasons.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at


Dennis Tubbs, SW Regional Outreach and Educational Coordinator

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