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Tamarack Lake Fact Sheet – May 2012
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ADVISORIES
bulletSafety Issues Prompt Further Drawdown of Tamarack Lake – Aug. 3, 2012
bulletCrawford County’s Tamarack Lake Partially Drawn Down – Nov. 23, 2011
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Pennsylvania Lakes - click for indexLocated in Crawford County, Tamarack Lake is a 562-acre reservoir located 3 miles southeast of Meadville. The lake is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and maintained by the Fish and Boat Commission for public fishing and boating. The reservoir is unique because there are dams at both ends of the reservoir with a shallow area in the middle. Maximum depth in the lake is only about 13 feet.

In early spring 1999, Tamarack Lake was completely drained so that safety modifications could be made to the outlet structures on both dams. The modifications were completed in the summer of 1999 and the reservoir was fully refilled by the spring of 2000.

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FISHING

Since the summer of 1999, large numbers of warm/coolwater fish have been stocked in Tamarack Lake to speed the recovery of the fishery. Muskellunge and black crappie in particular have been doing very well.

Tamarack is managed under Big Bass Regulations and is part of the Brood Stock Lakes Program. All other species of fish are managed under Commonwealth Inland Waters regulations.

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BOATING

Boating is limited to boats powered by electric motors and un-powered boats. There are 7 access points (ranging from gravel ramps to improved concrete ramps with small docks) and associated parking facilities.

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 REPORTS -- 2008 -- 2005bullet2004bullet2002
PA Angler & Boater magazine article -- Fish Salvage at Tamarack Lake - Nov/Dec 1999
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
muskellunge
muskellunge, purebred
yellow perch
perch, yellow
  pumpkinseed
pumpkinseed
walleye
walleye
 
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