|While you're here, don't miss the waterfalls just up the road from the dam
Welcome to the site of the annual Pennsylvania 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 soon.
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
And that's the way a lot of anglers like it. (continued on next page)
|Drive-in fishing. Lots
of parking right next to the
fishing pier at the Kinzua
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.
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