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The Kinzua Lake Region spans five different counties in New York and Pennsylvania. Officially known
as the Allegheny Reservoir, Kinzua Lake was formed in 1965 with the construction of the Kinzua Dam
on the Allegheny River at the location of a village called Kinzua. The region is comprised of the
northern Allegheny River watershed and Allegheny National Forest in Warren, McKean, Elk, and
Forest Counties in Pennsylvania and Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County in New York. It
includes 5 lakes: Red House Lake, Quaker Lake, Kinzua Lake, Chapman Lake, and Tionesta Lake.

Notable features of the area include the Seneca Nation, headquartered in Salamanca, New York and a
half-million acre Allegheny National Forest, which has its headquarters in Warren, Pennsylvania. The
national forest includes several wilderness areas and includes Pennsylvania's only remaining virgin

The Kinzua Dam was built primarily to prevent flooding in Pittsburgh. Regulation of the water flow has
made this section of the Allegheny River one of the nation's premier flat-water canoeing sites and
Warren, PA has hosted multiple state and national canoe competitions.

The lake is the site of the annual Pennsylvania Fishing Championship, held each year in September
out of Tidioute, PA. Kinzua Lake holds state records for largest Northern Pike and Walleye. At nearby
Chapman Lake in Clarendon, PA the annual
Winterfest is the largest celebration of its kind in the
Pennsylvania Wilds.

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