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Kinzua means Fishing
Kinzua Dam inside the Allegheny National Forest
Drive-in fishing. Lots of
parking right next to the
fishing pier at the
Dam where you can
catch trout standing right
here. Take Hemlock
Road from Warren's
east side at the old
Allegheny Hotel.
Tailwaters of the Dam
seen here make for the
best fishing anywhere.
This photo shows the
pier under construction
a few years ago. It now
has substantial guide
rails installed and clean
outdoor toilets making
this a popular
destination for families
and the handicapped.
Trout, musky, walleye, northern pike.  Welcome to Kinzua. The name itself means "fish." Depending on whom you talk to about the
translation of the Seneca name, it means "fish on a spear" or "waters of the big fish." See some
really big fish here.

The Kinzua region got its name from the old Seneca town under the present waters of the Allegheny Reservoir (Kinzua Lake). This is
where the Kinzua Dam got its name too. This is six miles east of  
Warren.  Across the water on the Route 59 side you can launch a
canoe or boat at the
Big Bend Visitor's center.
Kinzua Fishing

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This is the location for the annual Pennsylvania State Fishing
Championship and the home of the state's record for Northern Pike and
Walleye. Everyone predicts a record-setting Muskie will be caught here

But  Kinzua has always been well known for the angling sport. Today a
series of fortunate, or unfortunate  events (depending on your point of view),
has preserved the area and enhanced sporting opportunities. In the 1920s
about 500,000 acres surrounding the area became the Allegheny National
Forest, removing sources of pollution. When the Interstate Highway System
was built in the 1950s,  Warren was overlooked so the area remains remote
and undeveloped.

In 1965 the Kinzua Dam was finished, making
Kinzua Lake, also known as
the Allegheny Reservoir,  the deepest inland body of water in Pennsylvania.
The oxygen rich tailwaters of the dam have added to the fish population. This
region is the largest block of natural land between Chicago and New York.
The only problem is that you can't get here from there.

And that's the way a lot of anglers like it. (continued on
next page)
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