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Canonsburg Lake
Pennsylvania Lakes - click for indexLocated in Washington County, Canonsburg Lake is a 76-acre impoundment owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission. The lake is formed by a concrete gravity dam impounding Little Chartiers Creek, adjacent to Donaldsons Crossroads. The dam is about 525 feet long and 45 feet high. It impounds a lake with a surface area of about 76 acres with a maximum depth at normal pool of 18 feet (estimated). The drainage area for the lake is comprised of 46 square miles.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting by and through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, owns and controls about 138 acres at this site, which includes the 76 acre lake, dam, shoreline and associated lands. The Commonwealth acquired this property in 1957. The dam, known locally as the Alcoa Dam, was built in 1943.

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FISHING

Canonsburg Lake is designated as an Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing. For all other species of fish the lake is managed under statewide regulations for Commonwealth Inland Waters. Shore fishing is permitted.

BOATING

Boating at Canonsburg Lake is limited to boats powered by electric motors and un-powered boats. The primary type of boats used on the lake are shallow-draft, lightweight fishing boats, canoes and inflatables. A surfaced launch ramp is available along with a parking lot that can accommodate at least 10 vehicles.

Un-powered boats may be moored at the lake in accordance with Commission property regulations. To be used at the lake, boats must be registered or have a valid launch permit (permits are issued by the Commission or PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources).

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BIOLOGIST REPORT -- 2012 -- May 2000
PRIMARY FISH -- Listed alphabetically. Click on illustration for larger, or text for species information.
largemouth bass
bass, largemouth
bluegill
bluegill
brown bullhead
bullhead, brown
common carp
carp, common
channel catfish
catfish, channel
black crappie
crappie, black
white crappie
crappie, white
pumpkinseed
pumpkinseed
gizzard shad
shad, gizzard
golden shiner
shiner, golden
white sucker
sucker, white
green sunfish
sunfish, green
  brown trout
trout, brown
rainbow trout
trout, rainbow
 
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