|Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is alerting anglers, boaters and the general public that it will begin to draw down Butler County’s Glade Run Lake on Tuesday, May 24, in order to alleviate pressure on the lake’s dam.
The lake will be lowered by approximately two to three feet per week up to a total reduction of 10 feet as necessary to address seepage issues that were recently discovered. The lake remains open to anglers and boaters. However, once the lake is drawn down by three feet, boaters will have a difficult time launching their boats and are urged to be cautious.
The 52-acre lake was built in 1955 and is owned by the PFBC. In 2002, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) declared the lake’s dam unsafe and placed it on its list of “high-hazard” dams. The PFBC estimates that it will cost $4 million to reconstruct the dam’s concrete spillway and reinforce the embankment, but the project is currently unfunded.
The PFBC owns 16 high-hazard dams, but does not have the funds to repair all of them. More information about high-hazard dams and the funding needed to rebuild them is available on the PFBC website at: http://www.fishandboat.com/dams/index.htm.
The PFBC regularly stocks Glade Run Lake with trout and channel catfish. Boating is limited to boats powered by electric motors and un-powered boats. Glade Run is visited more than 16,000 times a year and the resulting fishing and boating economic impact is estimated to be $1.2 million annually.
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 www.fishandboat.com.